The WPCampus Blog: Multisite

Video: What I’ve learned from five years of WordPress at a public university

Over the last five years at Washington State University, we have built a single multi-network WordPress Multisite installation into the university’s primary content management system. All six campus locations, 11 colleges and hundreds of departments between have at least some presence on WordPress. In this talk I’ll cover assumptions I had when starting in higher […]

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: An API for open educational resources

In spring 2017, the team at Pressbooks began work on an Open Publishing Infrastructure project with funding from Ryerson University. Our goals were to build a full-content REST API for Pressbooks and use it to power a new feature for users and institutions creating Open Educational Resources: the ability to clone openly-licensed books for reuse […]

Podcast: Multisite Use Cases, with CampusPress

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The last couple of episodes of the podcast focused on big changes to WordPress—Gutenberg and GDPR privacy tools. It’s easy to get caught up in the energy and the drama of changes like that, but they’re not really why people use WordPress in higher ed. So why do we use WordPress? What makes it such […]

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: How WordPress saved our open educational services program

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/wordpress-saved-open-educational-services-program/. Session Description: Our open textbooks program went from one college, three part-time staff, very little funding, an unwieldy website platform, no digitized book production, no statistics, no author participation and many unanswered questions like, “What are open textbooks and why should […]

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: 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: Canisius College workflow: WordPress, Divi and MailChimp

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/canisius-college-workflow/. Session Description: Not only do campus individuals need help communicating to the outside world, they also need help communicating internally. WordPress has helped Canisius College immensely. It is being used in a variety of ways and by a variety of individuals […]

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: 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 […]

Video: How to scale WordPress across a university

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/scale-wordpress-across-university/. Session Description: Let’s talk about scale! Does your WordPress service scale well? Do your users agree? If remote access is a factor at your statewide system, your satellite institution (or that really far building), then this session is for you. NYU […]

Video: WordPress high performance hosting

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2017 website at https://2017.wpcampus.org/schedule/wordpress-high-performance-hosting/. Session Description: A case study of how the Harvard Chan School is leveraging Amazon Web Services to power a high performance, elastic and scalable hosting environment for 1900+ websites, on one WordPress Multisite installation. This session will introduce how the ever-growing […]

Podcast: 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 […]

Podcast: 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. […]

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