The WPCampus Blog: Communication

Video: GutenReady for the Gutenpocalypse

When Matt Mullenweg announced in December 2017 that Gutenberg and WordPress 5.0 would be ready in just a few short months, we sat up and took notice. Knowing the landscape of our institution – and higher ed’s proclivity for denying change – we started making plans. From the beginning we were thinking about the full […]

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: Boon companion: content strategist as sidekick

They say that content is king, but the crown can weigh heavily on a troubled brow. How does a content strategist, charged with overseeing dozens if not hundreds of sites, do so without abdicating the throne? In this session, I suggest a different approach – content strategist as the trusted companion. Through training, education, guidance, […]

Video: Future-proofing against the next big change

A few years ago, everyone had to overhaul all of their websites to become ‘responsive’ and now we’re overhauling everything to be ‘accessible’. As we plan for Gutenberg and GDPR, we have to ask ourselves: What are the next big changes up ahead and how do we better anticipate them to get prepared before the […]

Video: Enterprise level scale: lessons learned in real estate

Thoughts on managing large multisites with thousands of users, and only one theme. You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2018 website at https://2018.wpcampus.org/schedule/lightning-talks/enterprise-level-scale/. Speaker: Lacy Paschal What is WPCampus? WPCampus 2018 was the third annual in-person conference for the WPCampus community, a gathering of web professionals, educators and people dedicated to […]

Video: Managing Change Moments Across Diverse Groups

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus Online website at https://online.wpcampus.org/schedule/managing-change-moments-across-diverse-groups/. Session Description: WordPress 5.0 is around the corner and should contain a major upgrade to the default post editor. Project Gutenberg and the changes that it may be bringing to the WordPress ecosystem has been a hotly debated topic over the […]

Podcast: 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 […]

Video: A four-step guide on how to succeed at practically anything

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/guide-to-succeed/. Session Description: We all have to start somewhere. But if you work in an office that has not yet embraced the concepts, workflows and processes that a content strategy requires — in other words, you work in an office where no one […]

Video: Bringing ideas to life: Talking tech for non technical folks

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/making-dream-reality-technical-guide-non-technical-folks/. Session Description: Finding it tough to translate your ideas into developer-speak? Not even sure where to start? Working with developers doesn’t have to be a headache! This presentation covers key strategies that will make your relationships with developers (or IT teams) […]

Video: Mobilizing 300 reluctant content creators

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 […]

Video: So, you redesigned your website… Now what?

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/redesigned-website-now-what/. Session Description: Stanford Law School launched a completely redesigned website in August 2015. But as you know, new websites are never done! There’s always room for improvement: incremental UX enhancements, feature requests, upgrades and content strategy. We’ve spent our time since […]

Podcast: 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 […]