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Save Us, Self-Service! Hosting and Administering Multiuser CMSs for Higher Education

A talk by Eric Sembrat at edUi 2016

About the Talk

October 26, 2016 9:00 AM

Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville, VA

This session will cover Georgia Tech’s exploration, selection, development, and processes behind Professional Web Presence, a self-hosted and self-maintained WordPress Multisite hosting over 350 faculty and staff websites maintained by over 700 campus accounts (as of March 2016).

This session will detail: •The exploration process – What issue are we solving? Why solve this issue? What do websites across campuses look like? •The evaluation and selection – What systems exist to serve this need? Pros and cons of each? What led to our selection? How do you decide? •Develop, and develop some more – What is needed for a rollout? A phase one? Phase two? Long-term growth and feature-sets? What tools exist to aid this scaffolding? What can the community provide? •Processes and onboarding – How do you bring in community? Build in comfort?

Low-level PHP or web development knowledge is not mandatory for this session.

What you’ll learn: •What opportunities Self-Service web gives your smaller, independent, research units on campus •How to initialize a project to kickstart self-service tools •What directions to go in to help scaffold development of your self-service assets (themes, modules), if you're not a subject matter expert in all things code •What we've seen from self-service, adoption, and hesitation •Opportunities in self-service for brand compliance, brand flexibility, and customization

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