Requesting a WordPress Site
Faculty and staff members may request an individual WordPress site for use in conjunction with their work. To request a site, go to the Tools and Links bucket in your Faculty or Employee Portfolio, and select Blog & Wiki Request. Once you agree to the usage policies for the Web 2.0 tools such as the blogs, your request will be submitted and you will be notified by an email when your site is ready to go.
Faculty and staff members may also request group sites. Group sites can be used for courses, research, conferences, and collaborative projects. To request a group site please contact the appropriate person.
General use of Web 2.0 tools including blogs and wikis is addressed by the Computer Usage Policy. The following amendment addresses issues related to these tools.
- Faculty and staff members may request a blog or wiki for use in conjunction with their work. The requestor will be the owner of the blog and assumes responsibilities as defined by the computer usage policies. Student blogs and wikis will be supported at a later time.
- Faculty and staff members may also request group blogs or wikis. Group blogs can be used in courses, research, department websites, and collaborative projects.
- Faculty and staff members may request additional Wesleyan computer accounts for collaborators from other institutions for participation in Web 2.0 activities, and their use will be covered by the computer usage policies.
- Anonymous postings to blogs and wikis are not permitted. Owners of blogs and wikis may not reconfigure the system to allow anonymous postings.
- Comments are an integral part of Web 2.0. All comments will be run through a SPAM engine. An individual making a comment is required to provide a valid email address before entering comments. The blog owner is responsible to review each comment before posting it to the blog for others to see. The blog owner reserves the right not to publish individual comments. The blog owner may opt to require Wesleyan password authentication before comments can be submitted.
- Blogs created by Wesleyan-provided software will be listed on a web page and be available for RSS syndication.
- Wesleyan does not guarantee that it will provide ancillary software, such as databases and script languages, that authors may wish to use in their blogs or wikis.
Jun. 27, 2012 by Kevin Wiliarty
We upgraded a large number of WordPress plugins during the maintenance window this past Tuesday morning. In testing before and after the fact we found only one small glitch that was easily rectified. If you notice anything odd on one of your sites, though, don't hesitate to contact your Academic Computing Manager or the Web Administrator.
Nov. 9, 2011 by Kevin Wiliarty
For a brief period after the power outage, the automatic listing of WesScholar Works on faculty pages failed sporadically. We have found the source of the trouble and made corrections so that it should not recur. Many thanks to the faculty who reported the trouble and helped us with their feedback to correct it quickly.
Oct. 6, 2011 by Kevin Wiliarty
Over the past week we have seen occasional odd behavior on our WordPress sites (such as uploaded images seeming to disappear). We have determined that the oddities have to do with caching on our server, and we are on the trail of a solution. In the meantime, we believe that clearing the cache regularly should help to alleviate the problems, so we have set the cache to refresh automatically once an hour.
Jun. 1, 2011 by Kevin Wiliarty
We've just installed a new plugin that lets you create a glossary for your site. It's called "Explanatory Dictionary." When a reader hovers over one of your key words, a definition you provide will appear beside your cursor. Contact your Academic Computing Manager or other ITS support staff for assistance.
May. 10, 2011 by Kevin Wiliarty
We recently published the "CatWalker" plugin on the WordPress Plugin Repository. The plugin allows you to add a double dropdown widget to your site that will let you find the intersection of two categories. The plugin also allows you to use a custom taxonomy (called "Attributes"). Attributes work essentially like post categories, but you can assign them to Pages as well as Posts. You can read full details about usage at:
May. 10, 2011 by Kevin Wiliarty
Earlier this morning we upgraded WesBase, our custom WordPress theme, to version 3.6.1. This latest release includes a full-width page template with no sidebar(s). The "one-column" page will offer a nice way to display large-format graphics. You can choose the new layout from the editing interface for any page. If your site has custom styles, we may need to make some adjustments to your site-specific style sheet.
Apr. 13, 2011 by Kevin Wiliarty
We've just added WP-Polls to our roster of WordPress plugins. Now you can add a poll to your sidebar, manage multiple polls, automatically display results, etc. Contact your Academic Computing Manager if you require assistance creating or managing a poll for your site.