HighEdWeb Assocation October 10-13, 2010

Session Details


Hold Up! WordPress Can Do That?!? GTFO!

APS6 Applications and Standards Track

Rookwood, 4th Floor


WordPress is arguably the best-in-breed blogging platform available today, and is being used on campuses large and small. Thanks to its active development community, flexible architecture and ease-of-use, it is being adapted and morphed into many different types of tools, all the while remaining open source and free. More and more campuses (including ours) are turning to WordPress as a content management system, but its practically begging you to let it do more for your institution's website, some of which may surprise you -- think job postings, classifieds, alumni communities, heck even a learning management system. This session will highlight some of those uses and show you how WordPress could make your life (and your campus constituents' lives) much easier.


Mike Richwalsky
Director of Marketing Services, John Carroll University

Mike Richwalsky is Director of Marketing Services at John Carroll University. He previously managed Web communications at Allegheny College and is a technology fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. He has presented at conferences around the world, presenting about Wordpress, video, social media and cloud computing in higher education. Richwalsky is honored to have won a red stapler award for best poster session at HighEdWeb 2005. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with kids, watching British TV shows, and noodling with WordPress.

Jesse Lavery
Web Content Coordinator, Allegheny College

While relatively new to higher education, Jesse Lavery has nearly 10 years of Web development experience working with a variety of clients in western and central Pennsylvania. In addition to his Web experience, he's an accomplished musician, playing with multiple bands as well as performing as a solo act. He's close friends with WordPress and Expression Engine.