WordPress

WordPress is currently the most popular content management system (CMS) and blogging platform on the Internet. A wide variety of themes and settings give users broad control over the look and functionality of WordPress sites, and allow easy integration of text, audio, still images, maps, and video into sites.

Example WordPress Projects

Northampton Street Art

A MUX300 capstone project from Spring 2017 maps street art in Northampton and encourages visitors to submit their own art to a dynamic digital collection.

Additional tools used:

  • ArcGIS

Campus support:

In Focus

A MUX300 capstone project from Spring 2017 focusing on the personal experiences of other museum professionals and educators of color.

Additional tools used:

  • Image annotation (HP5 plugin)
  • Audio recording
  • Photoshop

Campus support:

  • Libraries
  • Graphic designer

Video Art in Digital Space

A MUX300 capstone project from Spring 2016 used WordPress to examine how copyright informs the realities of the Internet, taking the user on a narrative journey through challenges of watching video art online.

Additional tools used:

  • Accordion plugin
  • Photoshop

Campus support:

  • Libraries

CONFRONTING “TRUTH” | AUTHORITY AND ETHICS IN THE MUSEUM

A MUX300 capstone project “that encourages museum visitors to reconsider the origins of the work that they engage with in museum spaces”, using critical theory to analyze the origins and current locations of indigenous works of art.

Additional tools used:

  • none

Campus support:

  • Libraries

Getting Started

You have two options for creating a WordPress site:

Smith WordPress

To create a site, email Brendan O’Connell (boconnell@smith.edu) with:

  • Your course information (MUX300)
  • Your website address (e.g. mywebsite, historyofmuseums, etc.)

Smith’s WordPress How-To Site gives easy-to-follow, basic directions in creating pages, adding images, and lots more!

The Center for Media Production offers drop-in support and workshops for WordPress.

WordPress.com

Create your own free site at www.wordpress.com. WordPress.com offers some different themes, but fewer plugins than Smith WordPress.