Video: Using multitenant WordPress to simplify development

Do you want to do development on multiple sites with different setups concurrently, but do not have to update core in each install every time a new version is released? Are you developing for a single site environment, but don not want to spin up a new development server for every site so you do […]

Video: Create accessible navigation from scratch with WordPress

No matter how users get to your sites, they deserve an inclusive, accessible experience. A main navigation component built with accessibility in mind goes a long way towards this goal. Fortunately, WordPress leaves the implementation of accessibility best practices up to theme and plugin developers. This means that by carefully thinking about how to build […]

Video: Code is poetry - why code quality really matters

Constant code refactoring, missed deadlines and exploding costs are some of the consequences of bad code quality. In this talk I will try to convince you that good code quality, whether you are a one-man shop or a full-fledged development team, will help you to become truly Agile, honor deadlines and will improve the general […]

Video: The grass is always greener: What do other CMSs offer higher education?

While WordPress has a substantial presence in higher education, it’s not the only game in town. Most colleges and universities have multiple content management platforms in play across campus: used by different schools, departments, research centers, labs, facilities, libraries, athletics, alumni and admissions. Even some smaller colleges, in my experience, end up with 3-4 different […]

Video: Engaging accepted students through WordPress

Most traditional colleges and universities fear one thing: melt. After a prospective student becomes an accepted student, how do you successfully keep that individual connected and excited about joining your campus community? Institutions have tried everything: a nagging email cadence, digital games and contests, Facebook groups and stacks of paper mailers and postcards. Yet, it […]

Video: Case study: Carleton University - managing 600+ single installs

Managing 600 single site installs is about as much fun as it sounds. At Carleton University our CMS and Framework service allows departments, faculty members (and sometimes students) to create and manage their own content. We’ll take a look at the history and evolution of our service, our network architecture, and the processes and tools […]

Video: Dare to share: Design principles for using CMSs in academic research

Higher-education and research are synonymous: educating the next genius and engineering the future. However, the two areas in universities are, in many campuses, leagues apart in how they create, consume, and distribute web applications. Research utilizing web applications, from custom PHP applications to content management system customizations and plugins, are commonly built as stand-alone, narrow […]

Video: Death of the Media Query

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/death-of-the-media-query/. Session Description: We’ve all been there. Your site looks beautiful on mobile, tablet, and desktop but 768 pixels to 900 pixels is a disaster. Creating a truly responsive website experience goes beyond using bootstrap. Front End Developers consistently find themselves creating […]

Video: Incorporating the aXe Accessibility Testing Engine Plugin in WordPress

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 […]

Video: Headless and Brainless WordPress

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/headless-and-brainless-wordpress/. Session Description: Now that WordPress has an amazing Rest API, there is a lot of buzz around “Headless” or “Decoupled” sites. However, these are mostly covered with “how-to” and not “what this is” articles. This presentation will provide a deeper understanding […]

Video: Using the REST API to power your campus communications

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/using-rest-api-power-campus-communications/. Session Description: The WordPress REST API has the potential to put a familiar face on the content management of a whole world of front ends. Imagine a campus tour app that uses the same content infrastructure as the event kiosk in […]

Video: Managing a gigantic multisite installation and surviving to tell the tale

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/managing-gigantic-multisite-installation/. Session Description: In 2010, John Carroll University began rolling out WordPress as its content management, the first the school had ever used. They picked WordPress due to its user-friendly interface and powerful customization abilities. The site has grown beyond our wildest […]

Video: Aprendo: An interactive Spanish language textbook

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/lightning-talks/aprendo-interactive-spanish-language-textbook/. Session Description: During the 2016-2017 academic year, the department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University debuted an online textbook entitled Aprendo. This homegrown, WordPress-based textbook, built by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, is currently being used by approximately […]

Video: Accessibility case study: WCAG and screen reader solutions for accordions and tabs

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/lightning-talks/accessibility-case-study-wcag-screen-reader-solutions-accordions-tabs/. Session Description: Achieving WCAG and screen-reader accessibility, for the most part, isn’t too hard—web fonts and robust button formats have removed the need for text-as-image-file graphics, and CSS layouts rescued all of us from inaccessible, table-based presentations. But tab elements, with […]

Video: Building sane, reusable WordPress templates with Twig and Timber

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/lightning-talks/building-sane-reusable-wordpress-templates-twig-timber/. Session Description: Traditional WordPress templates are written in PHP code that mixes HTML output with more advanced programming logic. The Timber plugin for WordPress lets you move the markup part of your templates into separate files written in Twig, a simple […]

Video: Code reviews: People use it, so it must be fine

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/code-reviews-people-use-must-fine/. Session Description: Let’s take a look at what makes a quality theme or plug-in. We’ll share the guidelines that we follow and the automated tools that we use to evaluate plug-ins and themes for performance, reliability, accessibility and security. We’ll perform […]

Video: A look at the modern WordPress server stack

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/look-modern-wordpress-server-stack/. Session Description: Do you remember when you could run a “fast” WordPress site with just an Apache server and PHP? Yeah, those were days! Things were a lot less complicated then. Now, everything has to load lightning fast! Visitors don’t have […]

Video: A technical plan for success: Preparing to optimize 4,000+ sites at NYU

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/technical-plan-success-preparing-optimize-4000-sites-nyu/. Session Description: Universities today leverage WordPress Multisite to empower students, update faculty content and course notes, and bring entire communities together. With large multisites and small teams, it is common for performance headaches to occur: faculty can’t update or create course […]

Video: Help! I’ve been hacked!

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/help-ive-been-hacked/. Session Description: WordPress has been given a bad rap as being easy to hack. The most common problem that causes a website to be hacked is human error. It is possible to recover from being hacked, but it is better to […]

Video: On the move: Website migrations debunked

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/move-website-migrations-debunked/. Session Description: Migrations are a thing we have to do sometimes but dread doing. You ask yourself before, will it go okay? You think later, did I forget anything? In this talk I’m going to give you some key insights into […]

Video: Workshop: Application of analytics for academic areas

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/analytics-workshop/. Session Description: During this workshop, Michael Fienen will walk you through a number of techniques and processes that will enable you to take your implementation of Google Analytics well beyond a plain set-it-and-forget-it configuration. Better analytics allows you to make better […]

Video: Workshop: Finding eternal REST: A guide to JavaScript front ends for WordPress

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/javascript-workshop/. Session Description: Shuffling along with the same old web interface? Moaning about how slow it loads? Watching your audience rot away yearning for features you just can’t implement in PHP? Fight those zombie interfaces with the faithful WordPress baseball bat back […]

Video: A survey of WordPress online learning plugins

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/survey-wordpress-online-learning-plugins/. Session Description: Online learning isn’t just for students. It can be a fantastic internal solution for training. But when budgets are tight, custom solutions won’t work. In this talk we’ll look at several plugins that can get you started without needing […]

Video: Open access publishing and WordPress

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/open-access-publishing-wordpress/. Session Description: The Amherst College Press is a small and relatively new press. In this talk I will discuss what we’ve done at Amherst College in using WordPress as a portal for our open access publishing. I will talk about what […]

Video: Don’t Push Rocks Uphill: Deploying WordPress with Capistrano and Composer

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/deploying-wordpress-capistrano-composer/. Session Description: At Lafayette College we were already using git to manage our WordPress multisite networks, but our process depended on a cumbersome submodule-based approach and browser-based upgrades. We ditched all that for an approach based on Capistrano for deployment and […]

Video: Them and us: Using the WordPress REST API to display both public and private content

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/us-using-wordpress-rest-api-display-public-private-content/. Session Description: In higher education, we work with a lot of sensitive information. Even data that’s not federally protected might need to be kept private only to members of a specific faculty group, research center or set of course coordinators. The […]

Video: Tools and approaches for managing content, accessibility and web identity at scale

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/tools-approaches-managing-content-accessibility-web-identity-scale/. Session Description: Universities publish a lot of content on the web! It’s not uncommon for there to be thousands of domains and millions of pages. As a central web group, how do you keep up with it all? This session will […]

Podcast: Using the WordPress REST API

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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 […]

Video: Seven years of framework development at Boston University

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/seven-years-of-framework-development-at-boston-university/. Session Description: The inside look at how the four most terrifying words ever uttered in development history have worked out for Boston University. We’ll cover seven years of successes and lessons learned in framework development, including enforcing brand guidelines in the […]

Video: The Case for the WordPress REST API

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/the-case-for-the-wordpress-rest-api/. Session Description: The talk will focus towards non-developers, and use no code, but will explain a very developer-focused tool / addition to WordPress. Takeaways will include understanding of what the API is on a high-level, and also what it can be […]

Video: Getting to WordPress

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2016 website at https://2016.wpcampus.org/schedule/getting-to-wordpress/. Session Description: Getting started with WordPress is easy — unless you got started a long time ago in some other CMS, or Dreamweaver or even (shudder) FrontPage. But you and WordPress can still have a happy relationship despite your baggage! In […]

Video: WordPress ePortfolios

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2016 website at https://2016.wpcampus.org/schedule/wp-portfolios/. Session Description: Has your institution tried an ePortfolio solution that didn’t meet your needs? You’re not alone. Come to this session to learn how we leveraged NYU’s existing university-wide Web Publishing service, powered by WordPress, and how we integrated a scalable […]

Video: How To Create A Multilingual Website In WordPress

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2016 website at https://2016.wpcampus.org/schedule/create-multilingual-website-wordpress/. Session Description: Hello! Hola! Bonjour! Does your institution serve students that speak different languages? If so, maybe your website should too! In this session we’ll compare different solutions for publishing content in multiple languages using WordPress, and what impact having a […]

Video: JavaScript Applications Powered by WordPress and AngularJS

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2016.wpcampus.org/schedule/javascript-applications/. Session Description: JavaScript is a powerful language that you can use to do simple UI things like animation to building complex multi view single page applications. I want to focus on a small piece of functionality that you may need built. […]

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