[wp-hackers] GSOC 2011 Proposal

Jess Planck jess at funroe.net
Sun Mar 13 20:48:25 UTC 2011

As someone who is "the web department" for a small/medium sized university at http://www.nicholls.edu, I can attest that WordPress currently works decently well as a collaborative CMS. All content management solutions for any type of website are going to have different needs, so a "one size fits all" approach to deployment is unnecessary.

Things that might be useful for a university based website are; Plugins to bridge some of the gaps to learning apps like Moodle or Blackboard, Plugins to strengthen profiles with/like BuddyPress to help university communities communicate, catalog and course management information and stuff that can hook into ugly higher ed management systems like SCT Banner, and training tools for WordPress always help. Heck, GSoC projects that just help to continue the development of tools like WordPress that help guys like me do my job with no budget and no staff helps tremendously.


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On Mar 13, 2011, at 3:20 PM, Piyush Mishra wrote:

> Gaurav its a good idea, specially in India but may be not one for GSoC. on
> the other hand the same idea under a different name and may be some more
> thinking will give you a good proposal idea
> In this case,
> Think more on the lines of adding few capabilities to WordPress such that it
> can be used, as is, like a complete CMS. {obviously then you can use it for
> a univ website too, with may be a plugin or two}
> WordPress can be used as a complete CMS but its not something its configured
> for by default (Don't torch me for writing this, please!)
> On Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 12:25 AM, Gaurav Aggarwal
> <gaurav91.2008 at gmail.com>wrote:
>> I am a member of Web Team of my University http://dce.edu and personally
>> we
>> use our custom cms on a dedicated (self hosted server)
>> On Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 12:23 AM, Barry Carlyon <barry at barrycarlyon.co.uk
>>> wrote:
>>> I don't.
>>> Its a great idea, but University's usually have their own IT department
>>> which usually under their remit have the website.
>>> And most universities provide website space to their departments since
>> many
>>> different departments require a different setup to others.
>>> For example the web/computing department would want LAMP's and generally
>>> everything else ends up on IIS powered gear.
>>> I speak from knowing bits and pieces about how the University of Leeds
>>> website infrastructure is setup.
>>> WordPress doesn't have the power and flexibility or security needed to
>>> manage a whole university.
>>> Something for a specific department that doesn't want to use the
>> university
>>> provided space or cms yes tho.
>>> --------------------------------
>>> Barry Carlyon
>>> Freelance Web Developer
>>> Freelance Lighting/AV Engineer
>>> http://barrycarlyon.co.uk
>>> mobile: 07729 048 443
>>> skype: barrycarlyon
>>> email: barry at barrycarlyon.co.uk
>>> msn: barry at barrycarlyon.co.uk
>>> On 13 Mar 2011, at 18:26, djds4rce prabhu wrote:
>>>> Hello all,
>>>> This is what I propose to do in GSoC 2011: A plugin to build and manage
>>>> University websites.
>>>> University websites are now powered by CMS’s. Building and maintaining
>> a
>>>> full fledged University
>>>> website is a pain. I am saying this with some experience in doing so. A
>>>> WordPress plugin for creating a university site will make WordPress the
>>> best
>>>> choice for such websites.
>>>> The plugin would provide the following features :
>>>> - Pages for various departments(also student organizations, research
>>> groups
>>>> et al)
>>>> - Easy way for adding Staff
>>>> - Staff pages added as child to pages
>>>> - Providing news separately for each department
>>>> - Easy result publications
>>>> - Permission and workflows
>>>> -Events calender
>>>> Does any one think this is a good proposal for the project?
>>>> Thank you.
>>>> Dayanand Prabhu
>>>> http://reversepolarity.in
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>> regards,
>> Gaurav Aggarwal
>> IIIrd year student
>> Computers Engineering
>> Delhi College of Engineering
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