WordPress General Availability Open Sessions scheduled

Want to learn more about when you can start using WordPress? Well, these sessions will provide information about the campus rollout.

Topics that will be covered are:

  - Functionality and the Plugin Catalog
  - WordPress/Web Identity Demo
  - The who, when and whats of WordPress
  - Support
  - Q&A and Discussion

There will be four sessions held:

  - Thursday, November 21, 2013
     9:30am - 11:00am
     Location: Curtin Hall 175

  - Tuesday, December 3, 2013
     1:30pm - 3:00pm
     Location: Curtin Hall 175

  - Wednesday , December 4, 2013
     9:30am - 11:00am
     Location: Mitchell Hall 195

  - Thursday, December 12, 2013
     1:30pm - 3:00pm
     Location: Curtin Hall 175

Wrangling Your Web Content (Web Content and Web Identity Classes) scheduled

During the WordPress Open sessions we announced classes that would help during the redesign process.  

These classes will provide guidance on content inventories, audits, strategy, how to utilize the Web Identity and more. 

Who should attend this session: 

  * Content authors
  * Content strategists
  * Marketing professionals
  * Individuals interested in redesigning / restructuring their web sites

There will be 6 sessions held:
  * Thursday, October 10, 2013 1pm-3pm  - FULL
  * Wednesday, October 16, 2013 2pm-4pm
  * Tuesday, October 22, 2013 1pm-3pm  - FULL
  * Monday, November 4, 2013 10am-12pm
  * Thursday, November 14, 2013 10am -12pm
  * Tuesday, November 19, 2013 1pm-3pm

All sessions will be held in Sabin 394.

Please RSVP for one of the sessions at

A new WordPress Developer/Technical open session has been scheduled

The 7/16/2013 and 7/17/2013 developer/technical sessions are now full, so we have scheduled an additional session on 7/22/2013 for those who are interested in attending.

7/22/2013 - 10:00 AM to 11:30AM - Lubar S171

WordPress Functionality and Training Surveys

WordPress is modular software that can have its functionality extended by adding components, including plugins, widgets, shortcodes, themes and templates.

To see a sample list of the functionality we are considering and help in the selection of these components please take the functionality survey.

The WordPress Functionality survey is now closed.

As we implement WordPress, we are investigating the appropriate training options to provide the campus. Please take the training survey to help us determine the training options and resources that should be made available.

The WordPress Training survey is now closed.

WordPress Implementation Open Sessions

The open sessions will cover a number of pending changes to Web content management services at UWM, including but not limited to the implementation of the WordPress open source CMS, publishing platform and blogging tool as a campus Web content management system.

The open sessions will also be an opportunity for audience members to provide specific feedback and suggestions on what functionality needs can be of value to campus content authors/editors in the development and maintenance of university Web content and what training and support services can help support those campus content authors/editors perform their work.

7/10/2013 - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM - Enderis 103
7/11/2013 - 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM - Enderis 103
7/23/2013 - 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM - Enderis 103

The agenda for both open sessions is as follows:

  • 10 min - Introduction, context, objectives, relation to existing services.
  • 25 min - WordPress overview and demonstration.
  • 10 min - Availability and preparations.
  • 15 min - Feedback on specific functionality.
  • 10 min - Feedback on training and support.
  • 20 min - General feedback, questions and answers.

WordPress Developer/Technical Open Sessions

Open sessions on topics of specific interest to campus Web developers and technical staff have been scheduled for the following date:

7/16/2013 - 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM - Sabin 394 (Note: This session is Full)

7/17/2013 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM - Sabin 394 (Note: This session is Full)

TBD- We are in the process of scheduling a third Developer/Technical open session. Announcements will be made and the RSVP will be updated as soon as we have the details.

These sessions assume experience using WordPress, awareness of its architecture (themes, plugins, widgets, etc.) and experience with website and Web application development at the code level. Individuals not familiar with WordPress are strongly encouraged to attend a WordPress Implementation open session prior to the WordPress developer/technical open sessions.

The proposed agenda for both WordPress developer/technical open sessions is as follows:

  • 05 min - Introduction, context, objectives, relation to existing services.
  • 05 min - Feedback on agenda items.
  • 05 min - Availability and preparations.
  • 05 min - WordPress service scope and audiences.
  • 10 min - WordPress and LAMP platform architectural overview.
  • 05 min - Security, availability, performance and maintenance considerations.
  • 15 min - Plugin catalog and review process/criteria, distributed development, deployment and administration.
  • 20 min - Feedback on specific developer-oriented functionality and services.
  • 20 min - Ad hoc demonstrations, general feedback, questions and answers.