Category Archives: wordpress

Handy WordPress Plugins

When developing sites for the university, there are a few WordPress plugins that we have found to be especially useful.

The Events Calendar
A smooth calendar interface to track upcoming events. Plug in all your events at once, and choose how many upcoming events you want to display. Events drop off the list as the date of their occurrence passes.

Simple 301 Redirects
Need to set up redirects to new pages on your site? This helpful tool makes it as easy as plugging in the website addresses for the old page and the new one – tada!

Collapse-o-matic
Many folks are probably familiar with the accordions we’ve been using for years on our sites. This plugin makes using accordions simple, as well as easy to style.

TablePress
Need a table for your site? This one took me only 30 minutes to set up and style in one of my sites. Definitely an easy tool to use for any table.

Ninja Forms
I wish building all forms was this easy. Ninja Forms provides different types of fields, and you merely have to drag and drop them to make your form. Add it to the page, and it will use whatever styling you already have in place.
Feel free to add additional plugins in the comments below if you have suggestions!

September 2011 Meeting

September 7, 2011
1:30-3:00
Administrative Center, Plaza Room

Agenda

  1. Welcome
  2. Recap of last meeting
  3. Announcements – Open to the group
    • Footer changes (DMCA and EEOO links)
    • Foundation Services/Central Systems – Brian Anderson
    • Internal Applications – Vishal Kurup
  4. Perspectives presentation – Jason Courtney and Deanna Yesko
  5. Analytics presentation – Alia Herrman
  6. WordPress updates – Vishal Kurup
  7. Portal updates – Vishal Kurup and Alia Herrman

May 2011 Meeting

May 4, 2011
1:30-3:00
Administrative Center, Plaza Room

Agenda

  1. Welcome
  2. Recap of last meeting
  3. Announcements – Open to the group
    • Dev.umkc.edu access off campus  – Central Systems
    • Rotating photos tool – Alia Herrman
    • WordPress updates – Vishal Kurup
  4. Trumba calendar options – Srilatha Kancharla
  5. Presentation – Jquery – Vishal Kurup
  6. Resources/Cool tools
  7. Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

March 2011 Meeting

March 2, 2011
1:30-3:00
Administrative Center, Plaza Room

Agenda

  1. Welcome
  2. Recap of last meeting
  3. Announcements – Open to the group
    • Development Servers Update  – Central Systems
    • New websites launched – Alia Herrman
    • Flickr updates – John Whiteman
    • WordPress updates – Vishal Kurup
  4. Summer Session – John Verssue
  5. eLearning Portal – Andy Goodenow
  6. Presentation – Useful Usability Findings – Alia Herrman
  7. Resources/Cool tools
  8. Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

Actions

  • Please send photos that you would like to add to the Flickr site to email UComm.

Meeting Notes

January 2011 meeting

January 5, 2011
1:30 p.m.
Administrative Center, Plaza Room

Agenda

  1. Welcome
  2. Recap of last meeting
  3. Announcements – Open to the group
    • Sharepoint project management site for WLG  – Alia Herrman
    • Redirects off www.umkc.edu – Alia Herrman
    • New websites launched – Alia Herrman
    • Updated header file ­– Alia Herrman
    • PHP server – Vishal Kurup
  4. Library Mobile Site updates – Barbetta Croft
  5. WordPress updates – Vishal Kurup
    • Bulletin board
    • Individual installations
  6. Process for posting video to media servers – Vishal Kurup
  7. Presentation – CSS3 – Vishal Kurup
  8. Resources/Cool tools
  9. Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

Actions

  • If you have a suggestion for a redirect for www.umkc.edu, please email the webmaster.
  • Please update any links on your site that point to the SCE, Med, and Admissions sites, as they have been updated.
  • If you have manually coded the header and footer into your website, please update it with the new version.
  • If you want to place a video on the media server, please submit a video request form, and also send your video file through the digital dropbox.

Meeting Notes