Faculty, Lab and Research Websites (CampusPress)

CampusPress is an intuitive, modern, low-cost, cloud-based content management system (CMS) for building and delivering faculty, lab and research websites. This service is intended to be self-serve. It allows for the creation of a WordPress-based website using a University of Guelph-branded theme.

Service details

CampusPress Features

  • Powered by WordPress
  • Quick to create and launch a simple website
  • Self-serve documentation and help always available
  • Sites are themed to increase AODA and University brand compliance
  • No design or web development skills required
  • Secure platform with updates and patches provided by CampusPress
  • Use custom registered domains (e.g. yoursite.com ) or University subdomains (e.g. yoursite.uoguelph.ca)

If you are a faculty member who only wishes to have a profile page, please contact the website manager for your department to create/edit a profile on your department's website.

Costs

This service is free for Fiscal Year 2019-20.

$50/year will be charged beginning in Fiscal Year 2020-21.

This fee does not include costs associated with custom domain name registration. If you would like to use your own domain name, such as https://www.examplelabsite.com, we can register the domain for you, at an additional cost.

AODA-Compliant Theme

The CampusPress service offers a University of Guelph-branded, AODA-compliant theme that takes care of the majority of work for you.

Note: Content creators using this service are still responsible for making sure the content of their sites is accessible. According to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA):

  • any new public websites, significantly refreshed websites and any web content posted after January 1, 2012 must meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A.
  • Beginning January 1, 2021, all University of Guelph public websites and web content posted after January 1, 2012 must meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA, other than success criteria 1.2.4 (live captions) and 1.2.5 (pre-recorded audio descriptions).

CCS currently provides resources for making your website accessible through the Digital Accessibility Resource Centre

Ready to go live?

Congratulations!

  1. If your site meets AODA compliance, you can go public with your new site using the Edublogs privacy controls.
  2. Once public, send an email to darc@uoguelph.ca (Digital Accessibility Resource Centre) to add your site to Siteimprove, the University of Guelph's automated accessibility checker.

When sharing your new site, remember that the public URL will be either https://sitename.uoguelph.ca or a custom domain (e.g. www.sitename.ca).

If you need any assistance with going live or setting up a custom domain, contact CCS Web and Development Solutions.

CampusPress provides support for this service.

Need more information on how to use CampusPress? Register below for the next CampusPress training session.

Note: Watch this space for future training dates and timings.

CampusPress Training:

Topics to be covered:

  • CampusPress Overview
  • CampusPress basics (getting started guide).
  • Walkthrough of U of G CampusPress theme.
  • U of G CampusPress Theme Quick Start Guide (PDF)
  • Introduction to WordPress authoring
  • How to migrate existing content to CampusPress.
  • Gutenberg guide/overview
  • UoG Custom Blocks Overview
  • Menus

Dates & Location:

 

Winter semester, 2020

  • Date: March 5th , Thursday
  • Time: 1.30 PM – 3.30 PM 
  • Location: WebEx(online) 

 

Summer Semester, 2020

  • Date: July 16th, Thursday
  • Time: 1.30 PM – 3.30 PM 
  • Location: WebEx(online)

 

Fall Semester, 2020

  • Date: November 5th , Thursday
  • Time: 1.30 PM – 3.30 PM
  • Location: WebEx(online)

 

If interested, please Register Here

This service is available 24/7 except for CampusPress scheduled maintenance periods.

To request this service, fill out the CampusPress Request Form.