The Duke WordPress service includes several dozen themes adopted from the theme repository. Site owners can use these to change the design of their site. Different themes have different properties and may work better (or worse) with different plugins. Changing themes may substantially change the overall functionality of your site, so proceed with caution.


Given the wide variety of themes available, the Duke WordPress team does not provide detailed technical support for the multiple configurations possible in each theme.

Duke-branded themes are also available, inspired by the Style Guide template developed by the Office of Marketing and Strategic Communications. The Duke-branded themes will reformat the display of any related sites when viewed on mobile devices.

A Duke School of Medicine theme is also available, including specific instructions for use.

Duke WordPress themes are actively reviewed by the team, and those that are not being used or are no longer supported will be retired. For example, several themes were removed in March 2015.

Last updated March 2015



Plugins provide a way to modify or add functions to a WordPress site, like additional menu items or options, or new sidebar widgets. We strongly recommend activating only the plugins you know you’ll need, and disabling them if you decide not to use them after all.

Duke WordPress users have access to the standard set of plugins listed below; we do not accept requests for additional plugins to be added to individual sites. However, we go through a review process each semester to determine what additional functionality to consider for our service. If you have a plugin you would like us to consider adding for next semester, please complete our feedback form.

Duke WordPress plugins are actively reviewed by the team, and those that are not being used or are no longer supported will be retired. For example, several plugins were removed in March 2015.

Plugins currently available on Sites@Duke:

Last updated March 2015


Events ManagerFully featured event registration management including recurring events, locations management, calendar, Google map integration, booking management

Plugin Description
Admin Commenters Comments Count Displays a count of each commenter’s comments (linked to those comments) next to his or her name on an admin page.
Authors Widget Authors Widget shows the list or cloud of the authors, with the number of posts, link to RSS feed next to their name, avatar. It is useful in a multi-author blog, where you want to have the list in the sidemenu.
bbPress bbPress is forum software with a twist from the creators of WordPress.
Booking Calendar Online reservation and availability checking service for your site.
Category Posts Widget Adds a widget that can display posts from a single category.
Collapse-O-Matic Collapse-O-Matic adds an [expand] shortcode that wraps content into a lovely, jQuery collapsible div.
Commentpress Core CommentPress allows readers to comment paragraph by paragraph in the margins of a text. You can use it to annotate, gloss, workshop, debate and more!
Contributor Media Upload Grants contributors the ability to upload images and other media and add them to their posts.
Custom Post Type UI Admin panel for creating custom post types and custom taxonomies in WordPress.
Default to Duke Authentication Makes two login options, Duke Netid and “Other.”
Disable XML-RPC This plugin disables XML-RPC API in WordPress 3.5+, which is enabled by default.
Duke Chat Embeds a Duke Chat window on each page.
Duke Media Embed Allows users to embed Duke services videos (Panopto, Warpwire, etc.) in WordPress.
Duke Sympa Mail List Plugin Allows you to create a Sympa mailing list that includes all members of the WordPress site.
Duke Toolkits Activity Stream Plugin This plugin shares event updates with the Toolkits Activity Stream server.
Easy Responsive Tabs Make bootstrap tabs res.
Enable Media Replace Enable replacing media files by uploading a new file in the “Edit Media” section of the WordPress Media Library.
FeedWordPress Brings content from multiple outside sources into your blog. (May cause your site to be slower than normal.)
Flexi Pages Widget A highly configurable sidebar widget to list pages and sub-pages. User-friendly widget control comes with various options.
Flickr Photostream Shows the flickr photostream, sets and galleries, with an high quality justified gallery.
Fourteen Colors Customize the colors of the Twenty Fourteen Theme, directly within the Theme Customizer.
Google Calendar Widget This plugin adds a sidebar widget containing an agenda from a Google Calendar. It is based on the Google Calendar samples and inspired by wpng-calendar. It is smaller and simpler than wpng-calendar and allows for multiple widgets to each show their own agenda.
Image Wall Browse posts/pages by their images, displayed randomly on an infinitely scrollable page. The images link back to the posts where they are attached.
Jetpack by Bring the power of the cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a account to use the powerful features normally only available to users.
KK I Like It Plugin gives users or guest an option to like an article or a page.
Lightbox Gallery Changes to the lightbox view in galleries.
Lightbox Plus ColorBox Lightbox Plus ColorBox implements ColorBox as a lightbox image overlay tool for WordPress. ColorBox was created by Jack Moore of Color Powered and is licensed under the MIT License.
List Category Posts List Category Posts allows you to list posts from a category into a post/page using a shortcode. This shortcode accepts a category name or id, the order in which you want the posts to display, and the number of posts to display. For more info, refer to the List Category plugin instructions written by the plugin creator.
List Pages Shortcode Introduces the [list-pages], [sibling-pages] and [child-pages] shortcodes for easily displaying a list of pages within a post or page. Both shortcodes accept all parameters that you can pass to the wp_list_pages() function. For example, to show a page’s child pages sorted by title simply add [child-pages sort_column=”post_title”] in the page’s content.
Login Logout Show login or logout link. Show register or site-admin link. It is the replacement of the default Meta widget.
Mapbox Make beautiful maps. Share them anywhere.
Mathjax Latex Transform latex equations in javascript using mathjax.
My Calendar Accessible WordPress event calendar plugin. Show events from multiple calendars on pages, in posts, or in widgets.
My Sites Enhanced Folder-based layout of WordPress Multisite ‘my sites’ page.
Onswipe Provide a beautiful app like experience for your readers when they visit your blog from their tablet web browser. Onswipe is fully customizable by offering thousands of layout combinations and the ability to add your blog’s branding. Get started in under 3 minutes for free. Onswipe for WordPress is a whole new platform for the ground-up using the same features available to publishers like,, and Wired.
Polldaddy Polls & Ratings Create and manage Polldaddy polls and ratings in WordPress.
Polylang Adds multilingual capability to WordPress
Qualtrics Survey Embeds Adds a Qualtrics Embed Handler to WordPress allowing for quick survey embeds.
Random image gallery with pretty photo zoom This plug-in which allows you to simply and easily show random image anywhere in your template files or using widgets with onclick pretty photo zoom effect.
Really Simple Twitter Feed Widget Displays your public Twitter messages in the sidbar of your blog. Simply add your username and all your visitors can see your tweets!
Register Plus Enhance your Registration Page. Add Custom Logo, Password Field, Invitation Codes, Disclaimer, Captcha Validation, Email Validation, User Moderation, Profile Fields and more.
Share Buttons by AddToAny Share buttons for your pages including AddToAny’s universal sharing button, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon and many more.
Simple Tags Extended tagging for WordPress 3.0: suggested tags, mass edit tags, autocompletion, tag-cloud widgets, related posts, related tags, etc
Slickr Flickr Displays photos from Flickr in slideshows and galleries
Smart Youtube PRO Insert YouTube videos in posts, comments and RSS feeds with ease and full customization.
Smooth Slider Adds a smooth content and image slideshow with customizable background and slide intervals to any location of your blog.
Subscribe2 Notifies an email list when new entries are posted.
SyntaxHighlighter Evolved Easily post syntax-highlighted code to your site without having to modify the code at all. Uses Alex Gorbatchev’s SyntaxHighlighter. TIP: Don’t use the Visual editor if you don’t want your code mangled. TinyMCE will “clean up” your HTML.
Table of Contents Plus A powerful yet user friendly plugin that automatically creates a table of contents. Can also output a sitemap listing all pages and categories.
TablePress TablePress enables you to create and manage tables in your posts and pages, without having to write HTML code, and it adds valuable functions for your visitors.
Twitter Tracker Tracks the search results on Twitter search or Twitter profile in a sidebar widget.
User Role Editor Change/add/delete WordPress user roles and capabilities.
Vanilla PDF Embed Simple PDF embeds using
Viper’s Video Quicktags Easily embed videos from various video websites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, and Vimeo into your posts.
VoiceThread Duke Auto Embed Adds auto embed support to WordPress for VoiceThreads on Duke subdomain.
WordPress SEO by Yoast Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin.
WP-Polls Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can easily include a poll into your WordPress’s blog post/page. WP-Polls is extremely customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted. It now supports multiple selection of answers.
WP Facebook Open Graph protocol Adds proper Facebook Open Graph Meta tags and values to your site so when links are shared it looks awesome! Works on Google + and Linkedin too!
WP Gallery Custom Links Specify custom links for WordPress gallery images (instead of attachment or file only)
WP Google Fonts The WordPress Google Fonts Plugin makes it even easier to add and customize Google fonts on your site through WordPress.
WP LaTeX Converts inline latex code into PNG images that are displayed in your blog posts and comments. Use either [latex]e^{\i \pi} + 1 = 0[/latex] or $latex e^{\i \pi} + 1 = 0$ syntax.
WPtouch Mobile Plugin Create a slick mobile WordPress website with just a few clicks.
WP VeriteCo Timeline Internalizes VeriteCo Timeline Management into WordPress.
WTI Like Post WTI Like Post is a plugin for adding like (thumbs up) and unlike (thumbs down) functionality for posts/pages. On admin end alongwith handful of configuration settings, it will show a list of most liked posts/pages. If you have already liked a post/page and now you dislike it, then the old voting will be cancelled and vice-versa. You can reset the settings to default and the like/unlike counts for all/selected posts/pages as well. It comes with two widgets, one to display the most liked posts/pages for a given time range and another to show recently liked posts. Check out the powerful PRO version with lots of useful features.
Zotpress Bring Zotero and scholarly blogging to your WordPress site.