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Lisa Anderson <[log in to unmask]>
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UofMN Web Standards <[log in to unmask]>
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This has been great information. I'm definitely interested in joining  
a discussion group!

Lisa Anderson
Graphic & Web Designer
University of Minnesota Printing Services
612.625.7802

Hours: M-F, 7am  1:30pm
For assistance after 1:30pm, please contact Shawn Welch at 625-8064.

On Dec 14, 2011, at 1:48 PM, Toni Prekker wrote:

> Wendy Volkman and I had planned to organize some brownbag discussion  
> groups after the new year on topics such as this.  We don't have  
> anything coordinated yet, but this sounds like as good a topic as any.
>
> I'd be happy to organize a small group to get together and have a  
> discussion (since I've supposed to have been working on just this  
> thing for months now).  I can host at CTS if that is convenient for  
> others.
>
> If you're interested, let me know and I can start coordinating  
> calendars.
>
>
> Toni A Prekker
> Web Coordinator
> Center for Transportation Studies
> University of Minnesota
> [log in to unmask]
>
>
>
> On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 1:28 PM, Jeffrey Abuzzahab <[log in to unmask]>  
> wrote:
> All of this information is great! I think we need to have a Web  
> Standards meeting devoted to the discussion.
>
> I am happy to speak as the newcomer with some basic sites and why/ 
> how we are adding WP to our toolbox.
>
> I am instilled with the confidence now to improve my modified theme  
> and call it my own... or maybe Wilbur, that is a good name.
>
> Web Standards rocks!
>
> -Jeff
>
>
>
> On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:39 AM, Tim Beaufoy <[log in to unmask]>  
> wrote:
> We did build the new Advances site for the School of Public Health  
> using Wordpress. http://www.advances.umn.edu/
>
> I usually build all of my themes from the ground up for the most  
> part. Or I'll take an existing theme if it's necessary and strip the  
> life out of it so it's a complete custom build. For the Advances  
> site, the default index file (page) is a custom page mainly static  
> PHP that pulls many of our feeds in from other sites we host. I have  
> created a few custom loops that pull news content in from the actual  
> WP database. Additionally, we created a fully customized mobile  
> version of this site too.
>
> I don't believe WP looks for broken divs in the code to my  
> knowledge, I usually use the developer tool bar or firebug to check  
> for errors like that. The only issues I've noticed is our feeds and  
> YouTube embeds throw some validation errors, but we need our videos  
> to work on the mobile platform for all devices. Which has proven to  
> be a challenge being that YouTube hasn't supplied good "embed" fix  
> for this yet to our knowledge, other than the new html5 iframe embed.
>
> I've never run into a version upgrade that has yet to affect the  
> themes, but then again 3.3 is out now and that will have to be  
> monitored when we make the upgrade. If we ever need to use a similar  
> theme for our other site brands, I'll keep the same structure  
> created, then tweak or apply changes once integrated. We originally  
> were going to go with the multisite setup, but realized it was still  
> a bit too quarky for our needs. I hope WP will focus more on the  
> multisite development in the near future. I think there's a lot of  
> potential there.
>
> Wordpress is fantastic and I've yet to find something I can't do  
> with it yet. If there ever is a group discussion, I'd love to be a  
> part of it.
>
> -- 
> Tim Beaufoy
> Web Developer/Designer
>
>
> School of Public Health
> University of Minnesota
> 612-625-3218
>
> Room A-302 Mayo MMC 197
> 420 Delaware Street SE
> Minneapolis, MN 55455
>
> www.sph.umn.edu
>
>
>
> On 12/14/2011 8:34 AM, Jeffrey Abuzzahab wrote:
>>
>> Nice and clean! I like your sites much better than my Twenty Ten mod.
>>
>> Did you build the theme from the ground up? If yes:
>>
>> Did you run into any problems using your own HTML? Did WP ever try  
>> looking for a div that was missing, or if you get the PHP in the  
>> right place you are good to go!
>>
>> Do version upgrades to WP impact your theme?
>>
>> Is the same theme used for all three sites? Is a parent-child theme  
>> method used.
>>
>> This is great inspiration! I think WP is going to be a seamless  
>> part of our web systems. Thanks for sharing!
>>
>> -Jeff
>>
>> On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 3:36 PM, Rachel Lam <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I've made a variation of the UofM template that we're using in CFANS.
>> a couple live sites:
>> http://canolaresearch.horticulture.umn.edu/
>> http://enology.umn.edu/
>> http://fpmdi.bbe.umn.edu/
>>
>> I'm happy to talk about it with anyone who is interested.
>>
>> - Rachel
>>
>> On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 3:26 PM, Jeffrey Abuzzahab <[log in to unmask]>  
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > Hey!
>> >
>> > We are using Wordpress for some academic projects here, some of  
>> which will
>> > be public facing.
>> >
>> > I modified a copy of the Twenty Ten theme to include the UofM  
>> header and
>> > footer and it seems to be working alright.
>> >
>> > Before I finalize this for production I wondered if anyone else  
>> is working
>> > in Wordpress and would be up for discussing lessons learned  
>> making a UofM
>> > theme.
>> >
>> > Keep the css separate, unique ways to make a parent theme... etc.
>> >
>> > I think it will be a fun discussion!
>> >
>> > -Jeff
>> --
>> Rachel Lam
>> Information Technology Professional
>> College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
>> 101 Coffey Hall
>> 1420 Eckles Ave
>> University of Minnesota
>> St. Paul, MN 55108
>> Phone: 612-624-3619
>> Email: [log in to unmask]
>>
>>
>>
>> -- 
>> Jeffrey Faruk Abuzzahab
>> Web and Multimedia Lead
>> College of Education & Human Development
>> Tel: 612-624-6034 | E-mail: [log in to unmask]
>>
>> Can't get a hold of me?
>> Contact the web team at [log in to unmask]
>>
>>
>>
>
> -- 
> Tim Beaufoy
> Web Developer/Designer
>
>
> School of Public Health
> University of Minnesota
> 612-625-3218
>
> Room A-302 Mayo MMC 197
> 420 Delaware Street SE
> Minneapolis, MN 55455
>
> www.sph.umn.edu
>
>
>
>
> -- 
> Jeffrey Faruk Abuzzahab
> Web and Multimedia Lead
> College of Education & Human Development
> Tel: 612-624-6034 | E-mail: [log in to unmask]
>
> Can't get a hold of me?
> Contact the web team at [log in to unmask]
>
>
>
>

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