WordPress for Course Sites and Individual Sites

What is WordPress?

WordPress is an open-source content management system that can be used to create websites, blogs, or a combination of the two. Many institutions host their own WordPress sites, but there are also independent online hosting services available at WordPress.com and WPengine.com.

How is WordPress used at St. Olaf?

At St. Olaf, we have two installations of WordPress, the first for official college pages and the second for course sites, research projects, event pages, or personal sites for students, faculty, and staff. This page focuses on the latter use of WordPress.

How can I get help with WordPress for Course Sites and Individual Sites?

  • Request a Site: If you are a current St. Olaf student, faculty member, or staff member, you may request a WordPress site by filling out the WordPress Request Form.
  • Support Options:
    Individual consultations or customized workshops for courses.
    IT Open Lab: Mon.-Thurs., 3:00-5:00 p.m., RML 250
    IT Workshops: Register in LEARN.
  • WordPress Support Staff:
    Dan Beach, Webmaster (ext. 3289 / beach)
    David Gonnerman, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications for Digital Media (ext. 3315 / gonnermd)
    Ben Gottfried, Assistant Director of Instructional Technology (ext. 3613 / bdg)

How can I learn to use WordPress for Course Sites and Individual Sites?