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USD Sites Debut

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The University of San Diego has recently launched a robust, easy-to-use website system and it’s got a whole new look. If you’re a student, staff, or faculty member and you’ve always wanted your own beautiful website, then this just might be the ticket for you.

USD’s Information Technology Services organization has created USD Sites, a self-service personal website system based on the familiar WordPress platform. Use it for class websites, e-portfolios, individual or group blogs, or project or group websites.

There are countless benefits to using the new service. “It’s free, easy to use and update, and gives people the chance who may not have ‘web knowledge’ to have their own beautiful website,” said Shay Pessah, USD web developer and lead on the USD Sites project. “WordPress also offers numerous plugins and added functionality that we have added for our users to enhance their website, regardless of the purpose.”

USD Sites comes with a set of readily available tools, including USD-branded themes and a USD URL in the form of Any USD student, faculty, or staff member with a MySanDiego account can use USD Sites to create websites or blogs using the popular WordPress web-publishing platform. ITS is continuing to add themes and also hopes to offer how-to classes in the future to show people how to get the most out of the service.

“I love WordPress and use it for my clients,” said Pessah. “It’s user friendly, doesn’t require any HTML knowledge, and gives people the power to not only have a website but, edit and enhance their site without breaking the bank. I wanted to bring that to students, faculty and staff here at USD. It’s a great tool that they can either bring to their classroom or have it for personal use. We have people using it for classes and courses, traveling and blogging, even portfolios.”

Key features of USD Sites include many beautiful pre-designed themes to choose from, as well as plugins like social media sharing, Facebook, Twitter, featured slider, events, and blogging capabilities. According to Pessah, “The possibilities are endless.”

— Kelly Machleit

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