St. Olaf College has adopted WordPress for managing the majority of its online content. WordPress is a popular content management system (CMS) and is used by organizations like Yahoo!, eBay, TechCrunch, BBC America and many colleges and universities. At St. Olaf. every member of the faculty, staff and students can request WordPress for Course Site and Individual Site. Request a WordPress Site.

Facilities and services

Media Lab computers: Equipped with current versions of Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver to help create websites. Find us in  RML 270 (In IT). Student Workers: Several Instructional Technology Assistants work in the Media Lab, assisting faculty, staff, and students with projects involving WordPress at every level of expertise. Media Lab is well versed in creating new WordPress websites and developing existing ones for department, project, or individual use. We can add helpful plug-ins and create a dynamic design that helps display information effectively. Along with WordPress tools we utilize HTML and CSS coding to make unique websites.

Spring 2014: Open Lab

  • Open Lab
    3:00-5:00 p.m., MTWTh, Feb. 10-May 22, 2014, RML 250
  • For additional support and appointments contact,

                       Ben Gottfried
                       Multimedia Instructional Technologist
                       Office: RML 270A
Phone: ext. 3613
Email: bdg

Web Tools

Google Sites is a web publishing tool that is used to create both internal project sites for sharing and collaborating on documents and public-facing sites for courses, organizations, and other groups. Because it is part of the Google Apps suite, it integrates easily with Google calendar, docs, maps, and forms.


Omeka is an open-source web publishing platform that is used to create digital exhibits, collections, and archives. Many institutions download the software from Omeka.org and host their own sites, but others prefer to use the online hosting service at Omeka.net.


WordPress is an open-source content management system that can be used to create websites, blogs, or a combination of the two. St. Olaf hosts its own WordPress sites for course and research projects on the pages.stolaf.edu server, and there are also independent online hosting services available at WordPress.com and WPengine.com.



Additional Resources:

Workshops and events: We have a variety of training types in order to fit the diverse backgrounds of the participants, including faculty, staff, and students. Visit our Workshop Calendar for upcoming events!
Web Tutorials:  We have a one-year, campus-wide license for Atomic Learning video tutorials, and we also have links to video tutorials created by St. Olaf IT staff and by other people on the Internet.