New Feature: “People and Places” Imported to Department Blogs

This is the first post in a series that will take you behind the scenes and introduce you to a number of new features and enhancements that we built into the new WordPress theme that launched in October 2013.

For many years now, we in the campus community have had the pleasure of reading “People and Places” — a monthly digest of academic and professional accomplishments of our students and faculty. There are so many great stories in those monthly emails; the problem is, not enough people see or hear about these stories and accomplishments.

Introducing: “Academics, Publications & Research”

As of this summer, People and Places stories are now being featured on the News & Events website under the category Academics, Publications & Research.

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But wait – there’s more!

What if I told you we could auto-magically push that same content out to relevant department and office websites? Well we can!

When stories get added to the News website (by our staff – no extra effort needed from you, the WordPress editor), they also get tagged by department or academic interest area. If the story applies to more than one area, no problem. It gets tagged accordingly.

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And then the magic happens. With no extra work, the same story gets published to the News website and any related site, based on the tags. Pretty cool.

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No longer are these amazing stories of academic accomplishment buried in the dark corners of an email inbox. They’re on the main Allegheny News website and they’re on the news feeds of any relevant department or office website. And it’s automated.

Win, win, win.