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Research websites – one size doesn’t fit all

Helping researchers tell others about their research is an important part of our remit. Sometimes that’s by helping them create digital stories, sometimes through better use of social media and sometimes through a good old fashioned website. As it was in this case where I built a multilingual WordPress site for a research network spanning many institutions and countries.


Get started with WordPress

We just added some of the training resources we use to support our WordPress training to Share, our content repository, for you to take, use and remix for free. These materials will help you understand the potential of WordPress and how to get started with running your own installation.


Moving and merging blogs the smart way

In supporting the Jisc involve service, Steve was given the challenge of merging two well-established Jisc blogs into one without annoying readers and losing subscribers. In this post he explains how we went about doing this.


Behind the themes – designing and developing Netskills Voices

While WordPress makes it easy to get a site up and running, we wanted Netskills voices to be more than “just another WordPress site.” We thought we’d share some of our thinking about the design with you here, as well as the technical details of how it was implemented. We got Steve to write the post as he’s the WordPress geek who’s been in the shed working on this and we thought it was about time we let him out.


Commons in a Box

A review of Commons in a Box – the free, easy-to-install package that turns WordPress into a powerful community site. These are my reflections on installing and testing it and what I think it could offer education.


Cloning a large WordPress multisite network for local development

Using XAMPP and Apache virtual hosts to allow local clones of WordPress sites and sub-domains to be accessed via the live site URL, meaning less need to faff about with database & config changes.


Online WordPress workshop

I’d like to offer our workshop “Making WordPress Work for You” online. However, the nature of the workshop makes translating it to an online course presents a different challenge to others I’ve done this with and so this post is a form of thinking out loud in the hope of getting some feedback on whether this is a good idea and advice on the best approaches to take.


Mobilising WordPress

While WordPress offers a pretty good mobile experience, a few tweaks can make it better for both publishers and readers. In a workshop at IWMW12, I presented some approaches to Mobilising WordPress through plugins, adding a separate mobile theme, changing to a responsive theme and ‘responsifying’ your current theme. This post considers each of these and some resources and tools that can make them easier to implement.


Sweet child of mine

There are lots of great WordPress themes out there, but I always find something I’d like to change. Being open source, that’s pretty easy to do with a bit of CSS, HTML and PHP. However, when a theme is updated by the author, you risk loosing your hand-crafted customisation. That’s where child themes come in. They offer a simple, but flexible way to create a customised theme that inherits the style and function of it’s parent, but can be customised independently. And as any parent knows, their kids are always way cooler than their parents 😉


WordPress Workshop

The more I use self-hosted installs of WordPress, the more I’ve learned about how powerful, flexible and useful it is. So in my role as a trainer for JISC Netskills I’m thinking of developing a workshop to distill that experience into something that other people might benefit from. I’m aware that there are lots of great resources out there already, so see the event as a day of supported practicals where participants can install WordPress (locally), play with plugins and themes and start to explore how WordPress is put together and can be customised. I have a plan, but would love to hear if you think it’s worthwhile or how it could be improved.