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