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 […]
I build custom themes and plugins for NC State University's Office of Information Technology, and I help maintain campus WordPress environments and advise clients on content best practices. I'm always excited to talk about universal design, accessibility, usability, and designing with compassion and empathy. I host the WPCampus Podcast, where I get to talk about all those things and more!
In addition to this blog post, you can hear more about NC State’s GutenDay on the WPCampus Podcast! We were vaguely aware of Gutenberg all through 2017. Our team in NC State’s central IT unit was kind-of listening to the Gutenberg chatter, and we had tested it enough to know we didn’t want to think […]
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 […]
You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/incorporating-the-axe-accessibility-testing-engine-plugin-in-wordpress/. Session Description: NC State has recently built a WordPress plugin using the aXe Accessibility Testing Engine by Deque Systems. We are finishing up our pilot of this within our own Office of Information Technology group and are gearing up to launch […]
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 […]
Like a lot of web tools, WordPress is built and sold as “easy to use.” That’s one of the ways I pitch WordPress to users on my campus—it’s so easy to put content online. But even if it’s technically easy to publish, the actual work of planning and executing a content strategy that aligns with […]
You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/mobilizing-300-reluctant-content-creators/. Session Description: NC State’s central IT office employs almost 300 people, whose areas of expertise range from high-performance computing to video production to installing fiber optic cable. By tradition and budgetary necessity, every single one of them has content creation and […]
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 […]
The REST API became part of WordPress Core in version 4.7. For developers like me, this is one of the most exciting changes to WordPress in years. But now that it’s in core, what do you use it for? How does it fit into what you’re already doing? And what does it allow you to […]
Universities generate a lot of news: awards, research highlights, student profiles, athletic victories, and more. At its heart, WordPress is still a great blogging platform, which makes it the ideal place to publish and promote your campus news. But the decentralized reality of higher ed can make it more complicated than you expect. Today, we’ll […]
Whenever you talk about WordPress, someone brings up WordPress security. Your boss is going to bring it up, your clients are going to bring it up, and there’s a decent chance you’ve had at least one night’s sleep ruined thinking about it. It’s one of those things that makes you feel paranoid: Am I doing […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.