Duke’s WordPress service provides an easy way for Duke faculty, staff and students to set up a website or blog using predefined design templates (themes) and plugins that users can choose to enable within their sites as they see fit. There is no charge to users.
Why use Duke WordPress?
Duke WordPress offers a robust set of easy-to-use tools, including Duke-related themes and a Duke URL. The service also provides user and group management through the Duke NetID authentication system.
Who shouldn’t use Duke WordPress?
Users who want additional customization (such as a specific URL, adherence to specific branding requirements, or more customized graphic design or functionality) should contact their school or unit’s IT staff. Custom approaches to WordPress (including graphic design, other themes and plug-ins and custom URLs) can be accommodated through other campus and external service offerings, which may require payment for development, design, hosting or other project costs.
Students who are considering using WordPress for online portfolios and sites that they would like to access beyond graduation, should consider developing a site in wordpress.com as their Duke NetID access to Sites@Duke will expire soon after graduation. Students nearing graduation may also consider exporting their site from Sites@Duke and importing into wordpress.com.
Duke WordPress is managed by a team of staff with representation from the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT). The service owner is OIT’s Academic Services group. Our team uses feedback from the campus community to make adjustments and improvements in the overall Duke WordPress service. Find out more about the service governance process.
Duke WordPress grew out of a 2009-2010 pilot with the Duke Digital Initiative. Read more about the project’s history and future directions.