Installing WordPress

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

The domain blogs.rochester.edu 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 central server.

WordPress minor versions (security/maintenance) will be installed at time of release.

WordPress major versions (features) will be installed monthly. The development environment is updated the first Monday of every month. The production environment will be updated the first Wednesday 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 webhelp@rochester.edu 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 webhelp@rochester.edu to have a child theme directory created for you.

Plugins

The following plugins are required by the Web Services team:

  • Akismet
  • Better WordPress reCAPTCHA
  • InfiniteWP – Client
  • Simple LDAP Login
  • WordPress HTTPS

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

All sites installed prior to September 1, 2016 do not have to remove plugins not listed below.

The following plugins are allowed by the Web Services team:

  • Advanced Custom Fields
  • Advanced Custom Fields – Code Area Field
  • Contact Form 7
  • Gravity Forms
  • Meta Slider
  • Regenerate Thumbnails
  • W3 Total Cache
  • WooCommerce
  • Yoast SEO

To install a plugin under the “Plugins Allowed” list please contact webhelp@rochester.edu to assist.

* Exceptions will be made for plugins that help deliver a service your department provides and actively updated. For consideration please email webhelp@rochester.edu with:

  1. Your department details including site URL
  2. Need for the plugin
  3. Plugin URL