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Tame the wild web that's grown over decades of decentralized web services by providing a central self-service solution that's prettier, cheaper, and (as far as the customer is concerned) maintenance-free -- without hiring a small army. Texas A&M and Berkeley are maintaining WordPress networks of thousands of sites with web teams of two to five, and you can do it, too.
WordPress is popular because it's easy for users to grasp and easy for developers to extend. Why not take advantage of that to provide branded websites for your campus constituents? Sure, there are a few groups who need a custom site and have the money to pay for it--but what about everyone else? A little structured content here, some inline help there, and you have a one-size-fits-most solution for virtually every small website on your campus. Go beyond the student blog network! WordPress is for everybody: faculty, staff... even that events coordinator who needs a website by 5 because she's opening up registration in the morning and what do you mean, is the content written?
Using case studies from Texas A&M University and The University of California at Berkeley, I'll demonstrate how to set up common content models, templates, and workflows for:
* Research teams
* Conferences & symposia