Rookwood, 4th Floor
WordPress is absolutely coming into its own as a content management system capable of tremendous customization and traffic...with the right tools and tweaks. It's being used more and more in higher ed and is proving to be a life saver for personnel challenged, budget challenged, and technically challenged campuses. Can WordPress rescue you from static and homegrown "solutions"? This workshop will cover setup, daily use, successes, and failures; level of acceptance on campus; and training. Handouts will include key plugins and customizations. The workshop will go deep into setups, screen-by-screen features, support in unique campus situations, and BuddyPress.
Shelley is the sole Web professional on a campus with more than 3,000 undergraduate students, a thriving graduate studies program, and 400 faculty and staff. Her primary focus is juggling the site needs of several dozen departments while also supporting recruiting and retention initiatives campuswide. She handles all social networking and outgoing e-mail marketing communication for the entire university. Shelley is actively involved with the higher education and Wordpress communities online, displays all the symptoms of Twitter addiction (@shelleykeith) and may have actually launched the first University Facebook page. She was the technical reviewer for Beginning Wordpress 3.0 by Stephanie Leary and recently completed a HigherEd Experts webinar on WordPress in higher ed. Now entering year two of a campus-wide WPMU implementation, she’s incredibly happy the days of 16,000 static pages and duplicated template files are behind her.