New St Andrews Web team blog

University of St Andrews Web team blog

University of St Andrews Web team blog

At the mildly recent IWMW 2010 conference hosted at the University of Sheffield in July UK Web Focus Brian Kelly encouraged all Web teams to blog on a regular basis.

It was a long journey back to Scotland so Team St Andrews planned a revamp of our WordPress blog, decided on categories, a convention about how to use categories and tags, and a basic content strategy.

Can you tell that it was an information architect and a Web editor that was planning this?

When we got back into the office we moved from a self-hosted WordPress installation on the St Andrews domain to a free, hosted account on WordPress.com: stawebteam.wordpress.com.

Why move?

We realised that one of the main reasons that we’d not been using the self-hosted WordPress account was not because of time restrictions (which you might expect would be our number one excuse) but because of the hassle involved in upgrading WordPress each time an update is released.

While WordPress has had automatic upgrading available for a few versions, the server configuration that we have prevents the WordPress scripts from running the upgrade — lack of appropriate permissions, or something.

So we moved to WordPress.com, and in order to keep things consistent we chose the same name as our team Twitter account: @stawebteam. (We’re clever like that.)

What we’ve lost in complete control (the only thing we’re really missing is the plugin that makes code examples look really pretty) we gain in not having to maintain the software.

We can now simply concentrate on writing great content … hang on, isn’t that what we tell our TERMINALFOUR Site Manager users about our enterprise content management system?  So it must be true.

Gareth @ St Andrews

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