The WPCampus Podcast is a monthly show where members of the community come together to discuss relevant topics, unique ways that WordPress is being used in higher education, share tutorials and walkthroughs, and more. If you'd like to be a guest on the show, or have a topic you'd like us to discuss, please let us know.

New episodes of The WPCampus Podcast are released every month.

GDPR, Privacy, and WordPress

You may have noticed that data privacy has been in the news lately, for a lot of different reasons. One of those reasons: the European Union will be implementing the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, this spring. GDPR has global implications, which means there are changes coming to WordPress core, and also to how […]

Guten Ready for Gutenberg

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When WordPress 5.0 is released later this year, the “classic” Visual editor that we’ve known for over a decade will be replaced by a new editing experience, called Gutenberg. The new editor will mean lots of changes for how we think about and interact with WordPress—as content creators and as developers. This episode features WPCampus […]

Your Campus Web Ecosystem

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On many campuses, WordPress isn’t the only CMS in use. And if we start thinking about learning management systems, campus portals, and the many other ways our schools use the web, WordPress is clearly just one part of a complex web landscape. This episode features WPCampus community members Brian DeConinck and Eric Sembrat. Eric is a developer and […]

Contributing to WordPress Core

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WordPress is popular in higher ed for a lot of reasons, and being open source has to be near the top of the list. And that means that you — yes, you! — can contribute bug fixes and new features to the project. But actually showing up and contributing can be intimidating. How do you […]

Going WordPress

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The campus web ecosystem is often very messy. You may have hundreds or even thousands of distinct web properties, and each one has its own history, its own personalities, and its own reasons why it’s special and has to be different. This episode features WPCampus community members Brian DeConinck and Jen McFarland, and one of […]

Web Governance

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When we talk about WordPress in higher ed, we often talk about technology—themes and plugins, server configurations, etc. But at some point, the developers have to let go and the content creators take over. In higher ed, that brings with it a whole new set of challenges. This episode features WPCampus members Brian DeConinck, Jen […]

WPCampus 2016 Conference Retrospective

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In August 2015, Rachel Cherry tweeted about an idea she had: a WordCamp for people who use WordPress in higher education. Eleven and a half months later, over 150 people representing 60 different higher ed institutions gathered in Sarasota, Florida for the inaugural WPCampus conference. With WPCampus 2016 wrapped up and WPCampus 2017 on everyone’s […]

2016 WPCampus Survey

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In May 2016, WPCampus organized a groundbreaking survey of educational institutions asking how they’re using WordPress. We’ll be discussing the results with Shane Pearlman of Modern Tribe, who took the lead organizing and conducting that survey. This episode features WPCampus members Brian DeConinck, Jen McFarland, and Shane Pearlman.

WordPress Forms

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From simple contact forms to complex online applications, higher ed hosts a variety of online forms. For this episode, we’ll discuss what’s important and needed for WordPress forms in the world of higher ed, including accessibility and privacy concerns. For this episode, we are joined by WPCampus members Rachel Cherry and Curtiss Grymala and WordPress […]

BuddyPress in Higher Education

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WordPress has a nifty little plugin that allows it to take on the role of community building and social networking and that tool is called BuddyPress. Today in the podcast we’ll talk to a developer, contributor, and user of BuddyPress and discuss the power and pitfalls that come with BuddyPress for HigherEd. For this episode, […]

WordPress as a Learning Management System

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How does WordPress work as a Learning Management System? What are the challenges in setting it up for this purpose? What are the best practices, great plugins, and most practical ways to use WordPress as an LMS? We (try) to answer those questions this week. For this episode, we are joined by WPCampus members @darichardson, @kimshivler, […]

WordPress Security

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WordPress has a relationship with Security that can often be described as “contentious, ” but it doesn’t have to be that way! In today’s podcast, we’ll discuss how Security and WordPress can work together to bring you a secure website and safe campus network as well as how to navigate these discussions with your IT […]

WordPress Multisite

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A WordPress multisite network allows you to run and manage multiple WordPress sites from a single WordPress installation. In today’s podcast, we’re going to dive in and discuss the benefits, drawbacks, use cases, and how you can take advantage of unifying multiple websites under one WordPress install. We’ll also touch on multisite security and performance. […]

Accessibility

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Web accessibility refers to 
the inclusive practice of 
removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to, websites by people with disabilities. When your website is accessible, visually-impaired users can visit your website using a screen reader and those who can’t use the mouse can navigate your site using a keyboard or other input device. […]

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