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OIT is now offering common good virtual servers. I'm sure they could meet
your needs. I've never had a problem getting NTS to route a
yourname.umn.edudomain to a server either. I'm uncertain whether they
would support
non-umn.edu domains though.

http://www.oit.umn.edu/virtual-server/

On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 11:35 AM, Theresa Tichich <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> We use the UThink (moveabletype) service as well and port the blog entries
> through an RSS reader and "embed" those entries into our web pages.
>
> I did ask this in a vague fashion, as David pointed out.  We have someone
> in the college who has developed a site using Wordpress.  The problem is we
> don't have the resources to support the software on our servers nor do we
> have the resources to support a third party URL.  Does anyone on campus host
> wordpress?
>
> Thanks. TT
>
>
>
> On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM, Kristofer Layon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> I agree and add to David's comment, noting that MT also has support for
>> regular pages if you implement something called the "professional web site"
>> option.  I'm trying it out on my blog but haven't learned about it much yet.
>>  But aside from that change, I've used the Library's UThink MY service for
>> years and think it's great.
>>
>> MT is definitely a contender for a web-based CMS.  And if the Libraries
>> ever opened up UThink blogs and sites to having custom URLs (so that they
>> didn't require *blog.lib.umn.edu*), it would be a great web hosting
>> service.  That said, I use z.umn.edu to give myself a short URL so that's
>> a decent workaround.  (though it's not a persistent URL and just redirects
>> to the long URL)
>>
>> Kris Layon
>>
>>
>> Kristofer D. Layon
>> Web Design & Social Media
>> 612.624.4545  :  http://z.umn.edu/klayon  :  http://twitter.com/klayon
>> - - - - - -
>> Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration
>> University of Minnesota Twin Cities
>> http://www.academic.umn.edu/system/communications/
>>
>>
>> On Mar 9, 2011, at 10:19 AM, David Peterson wrote:
>>
>> Since this was a vague email at it's best, I will stick my neck out for
>> the UThink blogs. They use the Movable Type framework. We use this for our
>> department, and you can embedded RSS feeds or whatever in your site. I
>> looked into Word Press but did not want to get into maintaining the
>> software. The only issue is your are stuck on the Libraries schedule, but
>> they have been very good with support, etc. It has built in x500 users
>> already, so any one in your department can easily be added, etc.
>>
>> If you are simply going for the easiest route, check it out. That said, WP
>> offers many other things besides just the blogging side, but if you are
>> looking just for the blog piece, check it out.
>>
>> Dave
>>
>> On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 9:49 AM, Peter Fleck <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>>> Yes, Theresa, there is a hidden WordPress cadre at the U of MN fighting
>>> against the hordes who would have you use Drupal or UMContent and proving
>>> that life can be much easier in the world of web development.
>>>
>>> :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
>>>
>>> I know Patrick Johnson at the new LT Media Lab is investing heavily in
>>> WordPress. Tell him I sent you.
>>> http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/LTMediaLab
>>> http://lt.umn.edu/
>>>
>>> Minneapolis has a very vibrant WordPress community. You can plug in to it
>>> via the Google Group.
>>> http://groups.google.com/group/mpls-stpaul-wordpress?hl=en
>>>
>>> Tooting horn: Toby Cryns and I will be doing a WP session at Minnewebcon.
>>> Toby is often known as "Mr. WordPress" in these parts.
>>> http://minnewebcon.umn.edu/sessions.php#fleck
>>>
>>> Peter
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Mar 8, 2011, at 7:23 PM, Kristofer Layon wrote:
>>>
>>>  And to add to Tony: WP has a "Pages" module as well as (blog) "Entries",
>>>> so it can work well for managing more traditional site content (minus blog
>>>> elements like commenting, etc.). That's how I use the regular edition of WP
>>>> for a personal web site.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Mar 8, 2011, at 5:56 PM, Tony Thomas <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>  We used it at my former job and I use it on several side projects as
>>>>> well.
>>>>>
>>>>> To add to Kris' comments, I know Best Buy uses WordPress MU to support
>>>>> something like 500 store blogs with nearly 1,000 users. In other words, it
>>>>> seems to scale well for enterprise level applications.
>>>>>
>>>>> On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 5:12 PM, Kristofer Layon <[log in to unmask]>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>> I don't use it here at work, but I do note that WordPress MU (Multi
>>>>> User) might be a good option in this context.
>>>>>
>>>>> And based on two HighEdWeb conferences that I've attended, there seems
>>>>> to be a lot of WordPress MU use across higher ed.  In case you're involved
>>>>> in the HighEdWeb community --- that could be another good source of ideas
>>>>> and support.
>>>>>
>>>>> Kris
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Kristofer D. Layon
>>>>> Web Design & Social Media
>>>>> 612.624.4545  :  http://z.umn.edu/klayon  :  http://twitter.com/klayon
>>>>> - - - - - -
>>>>> Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration
>>>>> University of Minnesota Twin Cities
>>>>> http://www.academic.umn.edu/system/communications/
>>>>>
>>>>> On Mar 8, 2011, at 4:34 PM, Theresa Tichich wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>  Is anyone working with WordPress?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> --
>>>>>> .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .... .. .. .. .. ..
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Theresa Tichich
>>>>>> Web and Multimedia Services Manager
>>>>>> College of Design
>>>>>> University of Minnesota
>>>>>> 32 McNeal Hall
>>>>>> St. Paul, MN 55108
>>>>>> 612-626-5968
>>>>>> [log in to unmask]
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> --
>>>>> Tony Thomas
>>>>> Web Developer
>>>>> University of Minnesota
>>>>> Student Unions & Activities
>>>>> 300 Washington Ave SE, Ste 500
>>>>> Minneapolis MN 55455
>>>>>
>>>>> Direct: 612-626-9820
>>>>> Fax:     612-624-7256
>>>>> sua.umn.edu
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>> ======================
>>> Peter Fleck
>>> [log in to unmask]
>>> 612-424-5107
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> David Peterson
>> IT Professional
>> Office of Institutional Research
>> University of Minnesota
>> http://www.oir.umn.edu
>>
>> 612-625-0914
>> [log in to unmask]
>>
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .... .. .. .. .. ..
>
> Theresa Tichich
> Web and Multimedia Services Manager
> College of Design
> University of Minnesota
> 32 McNeal Hall
> St. Paul, MN 55108
> 612-626-5968
> [log in to unmask]
>



-- 
Tony Thomas
Web Developer
University of Minnesota
Student Unions & Activities
300 Washington Ave SE, Ste 500
Minneapolis MN 55455

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