Migrating to WordPress as your University CMS

Presented at #PSEWEB 2015 – McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

In 2014, Brescia University College migrated our full range of web sites from a mix of static HTML and expensive proprietary systems to WordPress as a CMS. This session looked at the pros and cons of switching to WordPress, the nuts and ’bots of migration, and the technical and human impact WordPress has had on our operations. We covered many details of our experience – process tips, plug-in recommendations, pitfalls to avoid and the surprising outcomes we’ve experienced. The session was attended by both managerial and technical team members interested in WordPress as a full CMS option.

Here is the unpacked version of the presentation, with added notes and links, plus a few bonus slides and a good sprinkling of opinion and commentary to spice things up. Continue reading Migrating to WordPress as your University CMS

Trello for self-managing teams

I’m a Trellovangelist. A dedicated fanboy of Trello, an increasingly popular Kanban style organizing tool that can be used in many different ways, from agile project management, to a issue-tracking system, to a personal organizer.


I use one of my many Trello boards to coordinate the web and social media work/study team at Brescia University College. As new web and social media tasks and projects are requested by University staff and faculty they are added to the board, and assigned to various team members for completion.

Or at least that’s how we used to do it.

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