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Kristofer Layon <[log in to unmask]>
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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
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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
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> 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.
> 
> :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
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> 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
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> Peter
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> On Mar 8, 2011, at 7:23 PM, Kristofer Layon wrote:
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> 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.
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> On Mar 8, 2011, at 5:56 PM, Tony Thomas <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> 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
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> 
> Kristofer D. Layon
> Web Design & Social Media
> 612.624.4545  :  http://z.umn.edu/klayon  :  http://twitter.com/klayon
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> University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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> On Mar 8, 2011, at 4:34 PM, Theresa Tichich wrote:
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> Is anyone working with WordPress?
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> Theresa Tichich
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> University of Minnesota
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