Faculty visions meet WordPress’ information architecture – WPCampus 2018 – WordPress in Higher Ed

“Should this be a post or a page?”
“How many tags should we have?”

These may sound like old-hat questions to people who work with WordPress every day, but they are often fresh questions without clear answers for faculty working on collaborative, course-based WordPress sites. Academic projects bring varieties of information architectures, and each faculty member or project stakeholder brings their own notions of ‘where stuff should go’ and how different types of related information can best be created, organized, found and displayed. As consultants or developers, we likely bring our own assumptions and prior experience in content management. It often takes some purposeful work to make sure these two understandings synthesize into a project everyone can use and understand. This talk demonstrates the theory, process and materials we use at Smith to help faculty map their ideas and vision to WordPress’ built-in mechanisms for content management, collaboration, and information architecture.

Participants will come away with an understanding of how overarching concepts in content management can be matched to common academic use cases. We’ll provide example process documents and diagrams, as well as site configuration ‘recipes’. Each can be adapted or used in consultation with faculty in the discovery, planning, and development of collaborative, course-based WordPress projects.

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2018 website at

Joe Bacal

What is WPCampus?
WPCampus 2018 was the third annual in-person conference for the WPCampus community, a gathering of web professionals, educators and people dedicated to the confluence of WordPress in higher education. The event took place July 12-14 on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. Learn more about the event at

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Faculty visions meet WordPress’ information architecture – WPCampus 2018 – WordPress in Higher Ed

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