The sites.dartmouth.edu server will be down for maintenance tomorrow (Thurs March 28) from approximately 8pm - 10pm. Please do not edit your site during that window as your changes may be lost.
After the upgrade, you will notice some improvements. For example:
- A few additional themes (P2, Radius, Twenty Twelve)
- Additional plugins:
- Google Analyticator: To replace the current Google Analytics plugin which does not function properly.
- LaTeX for WordPress: For writing math expressions and formulae.
- Restricted Site Access: Restrict your site such that only logged-in users can access it.
- Subscribe2: Set up a mailing list so that users receive email notifications when new content is posted to your site.
- The Events Calendar: Manage events on your WordPress site. (This is different from the main Dartmouth Events Calendar, currently under development.)
WordPress has been updated and we've added some new functionality. Please let us know if you notice anything out of place.
- The Blagolife theme (which you can check out under Appearance > Themes after the update.
- The Dartmouth theme now has 22 banner images from which you can choose (up from 6).
- New plugins include Local Time Clock (displays the local time of many cities in a sidebar widget), Simple Section Navigation Widget (allows you to create more customizable navigation menus), Promotion Slider (creates slideshows that can be embedded in pages)
- At the moment, all user accounts on the Dartmouth WordPress services must use Dartmouth NetIDs for logins. WordPress will allow site owners to create user accounts with whatever usernames you want, but it'll cause problems down the line. However, although users must be created with Dartmouth NetID usernames, this is not clear in the login and user management interface. We've tweaked the verbiage to make this a little smoother. If you have already created users with non-NetID usernames, WordPress will not allow you to change these usernames by default, but we can help you do this.
- Each site has an "admin" email address associated with it (where comment moderation emails, etc. are sent). If you're the site owner, you will likely receive a confirmation email asking you to confirm the change. Please click through and confirm to complete the process. If you are *not* the site owner, you can change this yourself later under Settings > General.
- We're hoping to launch http://sites.dartmouth.edu "for real" (i.e., no longer in pilot) soon. To wrap up the pilot phase, I'll be following up with site owners soon with a brief survey about how WordPress has been working out for you so far. Your feedback is very much appreciated.
We are thrilled to announce the launch of Dartmouth WordPress!
WordPress is a web publishing platform that enables site builders to set up a website quickly and easily. Thus, WordPress is an excellent solution for self-authored website creation -- a void at Dartmouth until recently.
The Dartmouth WordPress service allows non-technical users to build a site on their own, manage their own users, and publish their own content. We provide a set of standard templates and plugins to customize these sites. The tool itself is maintained by Dartmouth Computing Services.
Anyone with a Dartmouth NetID may request a WordPress site (more info). However, we especially hope this tool will be used for sites that previously were not eligible for support by Web Services or Academic and Campus Technology Services. Examples might include student group websites, faculty homepages and course websites.
Dartmouth WordPress is currently a pilot project, and we're still working out the kinks. If you would like to participate as a sites.dartmouth.edu early user, please read about the project to determine if the tool is a good fit for your needs and then submit a request for your site.
We are seeking feedback on the Dartmouth WordPress service. Early participants, we'd love to hear from you, and how the experience is going. Specifically:
- Was the site request and setup process easy?
- Were the instructions on managing your site and additional help useful?
- Is there any functionality you think should be offered that isn't?
- What was especially helpful in your site setup and management?
- Does the Dartmouth WordPress service work the way you were expecting?
Any feedback would be appreciated. Please drop us a line!