Installing WordPress

To request a WordPress site under your department’s directory on the central server please email Web Services will install and manage the installation for your team.

The domain is available for WP installations that are without space provided otherwise.

WordPress Updates

Web Services will perform updates to WordPress core software, themes, and plugins to all WordPress sites on the central server.

WordPress security updates will be installed at the time of release.

All other WordPress updates will be installed monthly. The development environment is updated on the first Monday of every month. The production environment will be updated on the second Monday of every month.

All plugins and themes will follow the same schedule for updates.

Site owners should perform tests on their sites after sites on development are upgraded. If your testing reveals a problem resulting from updates, please email by Tuesday at noon.

Custom Changes / Child Themes

All changes to third-party WordPress themes (themes you did not create yourself) should be enacted through a child theme. If not, changes will be over-written when an update is applied to that theme.

Please contact to have a child theme directory created for you.


Due to our shared server environment we restrict plugin installation.*

The following plugins are allowed by the Web Services team:

  • Advanced Custom Fields
  • Akismet Anti-Spam: Spam Protection
  • Classic Editor +
  • Enable Media Replace
  • Font Awesome
  • Gravity Forms
  • Members
  • reCaptcha by BestWebSoft
  • Regenerate Thumbnails
  • W3 Total Cache
  • WooCommerce
  • Yoast SEO