[wp-edu] Finalizing plug-ins for our Wordpress MU offering

DeBlois, Kenneth Kenneth_DeBlois at brown.edu
Wed Dec 16 17:41:09 UTC 2009

Hi Folks,


I haven't received a post from this list in a while.  I'm hopeful that
I'll get some help from the folks out there.


We're in the middle of a pilot of Wordpress MU and getting ready to
launch a full service.  Our goal is to provide a blogging platform to be
used by:

-          Faculty as a teaching tool and a publishing platform to
discuss there research

-          Student Organizations that want a blog instead of a website

-          Provide a web space for post-docs, graduate students, and
others that want to discuss research online and want a simple publishing

-          Administrative staff looking to share news, collaborate on
projects, etc.


I'm working to get a solid set of plug-ins to meet the needs of our
audiences and I wanted to check in with folks about plug-ins.


1)      Does anyone use buddypress (http://buddypress.org/) I'm trying
to determine if it has value in our environment.  I'd love to know if
other colleges/universities have considered using it and what they've

2)      Do any of you have good plug-in recommendations for :

a.       Blog sitemap generation

b.      SEO improvements

c.       Connection to Feedburner

d.      Sending out an email that contains the post to any subscriber
that has indicated they want an email.



To give you a sense of some of the other plug-ins that we are playing
with, here is our list thus far:



So far we have these system wide:

-          Shibboleth for authentication

-          Simpler css - so blog owners can edit their CSS

-          cets_blog_defaults  - provides a ton of default blog settings

-          Akismet - for spam

-          Bad Behavior - for spam and hacks

-          Supercache

-          Site-wide feed 1492758394_wpmufeed.php

-          Extra Private blog settings 999830698_ds_private_blog.php


We allow blog admins to activate these plug-ins:

-          After The Deadline

-          article2pdf

-          Flickr Gallery

-          Grunion Contact Form

-          PollDaddy Polls

-          Popularity Contest

-          Shadowbox JS

-          ShareThis

-          SyntaxHighlighter Evolved

-          WP-PostRatings

-          WPtouch iPhone Theme


Thank you for any feedback!





Ken DeBlois

Online Communication Specialist

Brown WebServices


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