Easier websites for your student organization

Easier websites for your student organization

February 17, 2011

Truman IT Services is rolling out a new system to make it easier for student organizations to maintain their webspaces.

Because of constant membership turnover and often a lack of members with web programming skills, organizations often run into technical issues with keeping their Truman-provided webspace fresh and up-to-date year after year. In response, ITS has been testing a central content management system (CMS) called WordPress.

WordPress provides and easy-to-use, point and click interface for managing your sites and users. You can download free templates, set up menus, pages and posts, with no special software or programming skills needed. There are also thousands of free plugins to easily add other features, such as photo galleries and calendars. You can also manage your own access permissions.

Best of all, because it is accessed through your web browser, it will work from any computer – on-campus or at home – with no special software or operating system required. Truman’s WordPress is centrally managed, so you never have to worry about updating the software yourself.

Check out a couple examples:

Lutheran Student Fellowship
Cardinal Key

A number of other organizations are already using WordPress with great success. If you want to jump on the bandwagon, please contact Todd Kuhns at todd@truman.edu.