Lafayette WordPress accounts, used to create and maintain websites using the WordPress MU content management system, are available to all Lafayette College students and employees. Accounts must be used in accordance with the college’s Acceptable Use Policy, and ITS reserves the right to limit the use of technologies that might compromise the security and integrity of the college’s IT resources. In particular, any mechanism that sends email must be registered with and approved by ITS.
Websites can be requested for:
- College committees
- Student organizations
- Personal sites
- Courses/Class projects
Requests for WordPress accounts should be made using the Website Request form. The individual designated as the site administrator will be contacted within three work days with information about the account.
How a site is designed and developed, its URL, and how it will be linked to from the College website depend on the site’s function.
- Departments/Offices: Sites for academic departments and programs and administrative offices will be provided with a WordPress theme that conveys the site’s official institutional affiliation. The sites will have Lafayette subdomain Web addresses (e.g., engineering.lafayette.edu, govlaw.lafayette.edu). For more information, visit depts.lafayette.edu.
- Student organizations/College committees: Sites for student organizations and college committees are expected to represent the organization as a whole. Although pages on the site may be developed by any member(s) of the organization, the organization president or committee chair will be responsible for all content. These sites will reside on sites.lafayette.edu and will have addresses that identify the organization or committee (e.g., sites.lafayette.edu/asb, sites.lafayette.edu/squash).
- Personal pages: Sites that represent a student’s or employee’s personal and academic interests are the creative expressions of the authors. These sites will reside on sites.lafayette.edu and will have addresses that include the Lafayette Network ID (e.g., sites.lafayette.edu/newquisk, sites.lafayette.edu/okeefej).
- Events: Sites can be requested for one-time or recurring events. These sites will reside on sites.lafayette.edu and will have addresses that identify the event (e.g., sites.lafayette.edu/stemconference2009).
- Courses/class projects: Faculty can request WordPress sites for courses and/or projects. An entire class, groups, or individuals can be given access to a site’s maintenance tools. These sites will reside on sites.lafayette.edu and will have addresses that identify the course (e.g., sites.lafayette.edu/eng240-fa09).
Developing your site
While ITS staff cannot author or maintain your websites, the department provides resources to help you develop and maintain your site.
- Requesting a site: After you request a course, personal, organization, or club web site hosted on Sites you will receive notification that the site is ready within 72 hours.
- Training: Workshops on WordPress are offered throughout the year. One-on-one training is also available by contacting a member of the Instructional Technology staff.
- Online Help: A growing collection of help documents on how to get the most out of (and into) your WordPress site is available at http://help.lafayette.edu/wordpress.
- Software: Applications for developing multimedia content to include in your WordPress site are available on most college-owned computers. WordPress site maintenance does not require any special software—all content management is done in a standard Web browser.
Faculty requesting sites for courses and class projects will be contacted by an Instructional Technologist who can provide site development assistance.
Getting your site live and linked to from the college Website
When your WordPress site has been tested and published and is ready for public access, complete the appropriate Web site promotion request form:
- For Student Organizations
- For Department Sites: No promotion request is necessary; you can make your site public by logging into WordPress and going to Settings > Privacy and choosing the level of access you want to allow.
- For Personal Sites: No promotion request is necessary; you can make your site public by logging into WordPress and going to Settings > Privacy and choosing the level of access you want to allow.
Be a responsible Web author
The contents of your website help represent Lafayette to the world. Accounts must be used in accordance with the college’s Computing and Networks Acceptable Use Policy and any other applicable college policies. Site administrators are responsible for keeping site content current and removing content from the server when it’s no longer needed.