Welcome to WPHighEd

I am very happy to announce the all-new website WPHighEd. I’m hoping that the site will gradually grow into a community of people using WordPress at higher education institutions. Right now, there’s not much to look at, but hopefully that will change in the near future. Until then, here are a few notes:

Being Pro-Active Instead of Reactive – HEWeb Southeast

On Tuesday, the day after I presented the WordPress plugin workshop, I also had the pleasure of reprising the presentation that Shelley & I made together at HighEdWeb Pitt. This time, I presented the session by myself (as she did at HighEdWeb Northeast). The presentation is titled “Use the Tool, Don’t Be the Tool: Pro-Active […]

Writing a WordPress Plugin – HEWeb Southeast

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Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of reworking and reprising one of my old workshops. At HighEdWeb Southeast, at Frances Marion University, I presented a half-day workshop explaining the basics of developing a WordPress plugin. The plugin implements a very basic functionality allowing you to insert a greeting along with the user’s name. The first […]

Using WordPress as a CMS

Today, I was honored to present at the WPSummit again. I talked about how WordPress can be used as a content management system (CMS). If you’d like to view the presentation with my presenter notes, you can press the “s” key on your keyboard when the presentation loads up, and it will open a new […]

WordPress in Higher Ed

edUI 2013 Presentation

This morning, I had the honor of presenting the keynote speech to kick-off the “WordPress in Higher Ed” virtual conference. The slides from my talk are available online (though, they may change as I add more information for future presentations). If you attended the talk, and are interested in going into more detail about the […]

2014 World Tour

While it’s not quite going to be the whirlwind it was for me last year, I’ll still be popping up in quite a few different places attempting to drop some knowledge on attendees at various conferences again this year. There are some really cool topics being covered at all of these conferences, and each one is definitely worth […]

WordPress in Higher Ed – Virtual Conference

Beating us to the punch (we will have our own later this year), Nick Skriloff of UVA has put together a virtual conference for WordPress in Higher Ed. The conference is scheduled for May 29, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT, and features speakers from many facets of higher ed. You can check out […]

Nov. 2013-March 2014 Stats: The UMW Website

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It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, so I’m going to try to consolidate a lot of information into a single post, rather than trying to break it out into 5 separate entries. This post will outline the same stats we’ve looked at in the past, but it’s going to cover the […]

April Conference Updates

Robin, Shelley, Curtiss at edUI 2013

If you were looking to present at any of the conferences I’ve mentioned in the past few months, I hope you already submitted your proposals. Here’s a recap of what’s going on with the conferences coming up in 2014. WordCamps As always, you can check the WordCamp Central schedule to see which WordCamps are scheduled, […]

February Conference Updates

A few months ago, I wrote a post discussing some conferences to keep an eye on this year. Now, I’m back with a bit of news. The proposal process for HighEdWeb New England closed, so, hopefully you were able to get a proposal in before the deadline if you were interested in presenting there. Registration […]

WordPress vs. Drupal

I recently asked some of my colleagues to share their thoughts on how WordPress and Drupal compare. Among the responses, I did hear a few Drupal users point out that they thought Drupal was more secure than WordPress, or that it wasn’t possible for WordPress to handle large, complex websites (I would think that many […]