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A Quick Start Guide Overview

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CampusPress Quick Start Guide PDF

For a more comprehensive guide and video tutorials visit

Good to know

By default all sites are deployed as viewable by only registered users of the CampusPress box. See how to change privacy settings here

Only Yale NetID holders can create a site but non-Yale users can be added as authors or admins on a site. See how to add Yale and non-Yale users here.

CampusPress use is subject to both the Information Technology Appropriate Use Policy and the Web Accessibility Policy

Plugins add functionality and Themes are all about the display, content regions, widgets, menus, sidebars and footers – the theme delivers these. If you don’t see a theme or plugin you’d like to use please fill out the feature request form and tell us the needed functionality or link to the plugin or theme you like. If it can’t be added to the box, we can help you find a work around.



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Yale AITS began offering WordPress sites for courses in the summer of 2006. The first site was made by students studying Modern British Architecture in London. Over 100 courses a year now use WordPress.

Yale CampusPress is a WordPress platform. It is for students, faculty and staff who need a flexible, online platform to available for professional, personal and group sites.

While WordPress is primarily a blogging platform, it can also be used as a content management site or static website in addition to a blog. For more information about getting started please see

CampusPress is hosted by Edublogs.

Adding Users to Your Site

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As an administrator of a site you can add Yale and non-Yale users to your site. Yale users login with a netid through Yale’s authentication system. Non-Yale users login using the local login system. You need only add users to your site if you have set the privacy settings to anything but Public and you need users to view (subscriber)  or  write (author) on your site.

Adding a Yale User

As an admin you are allowed to add Yale users who have already logged into CampusPress.

  1. Invite them to login with CAS at
  2. Once they have logged in, go to your Dashboard>Sites>Users>Add new.
  3. Under Add Exiting User,  enter the email address of the user and select their role.

Roles are the following (see User Role Overview)

  • Administrator – somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site.
  • Editor – somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
  • Author – somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
  • Contributor – somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
  • Subscriber – somebody who can only manage their profile.

If you cannot locate the individual and adding the user returns “The requested user does not exist.” You can add a Yale netid  holder 2 ways:

  1. Ask the Yale user to login at CampusPress – they will bee added as a user and you can now add them as an “existing user”.
  2. Use the Invite User plugin.

Adding a Non-Yale User

Incident/Problem Management, Support and Assistance

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Help and Support from are provided 24/7 by Edublogs

Further assistance is provided by Yale IT Help Desk
IT Help Desk hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Incident and Escalation Process:

The IT Help Desk provides the client with an incident/request tracking number.  The Help Desk will assign the appropriate Priority, based on the Impact and Urgency of the issue, and will ensure the issue is escalated to that the appropriate support team responsible for the associated service as necessary.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

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Search engine optimization is a bit of a tricky art. There are things you can do to improve the visibility of the site.

1. From Dashboard>Settings>Google Analytics, sign up for an UA code from Google and enter it on the Google Analytics settings page on your blog. You can then see stats about your site on the Google Analytics web page. Statistics are also visible on the Dashboard of your site.

2. You can also leverage JetPack stats – contact if you have questions about JetPack settings.

2. Link to the site from everywhere you possibly can, especially from established and reputable sites.

3. Use SiteImprove. Send an email to sends e-mail) with the site you would like access to (provide the name and URL of the site).  They will email you back when the site is ready for you to log in and view.  Once you have access, you can begin to explore the following modules. and use SiteImprove

4. Make sure your posts contain search optimized titles and content (if you want people to find you based on your research topics or your name those need to be in the title and content of the pages, if you want them to search for your name and Yale, make sure that Yale is in the title or content).

5.You probably will need to wait on the order of 5-10 calendar days to see whether the efforts are paying off.

Service Availability and Maintenance:

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Service Hours

  • 24 hours x 365 days per year
  • Critical Business Period
  • Target Uptime: 99% up-time, excluding Scheduled Maintenance

Scheduled Maintenance

  • A monthly scheduled maintenance of up to 12 hours could be scheduled, if needed.
  • A weekly scheduled maintenance of up to 2 hours may be used to address smaller maintenance and upgrade needs.

Unscheduled Maintenance
In the event that CampusPress requires unscheduled maintenance, or otherwise unscheduled downtime, a notification will be posted on the ITS Status page with an estimate of the anticipated time to service restoration.

All planned downtime will be posted on the ITS Status page at

Site Creation

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CampusPress sites are available to current Yale NetId holders. CampusPress sites can be requested at accessible via NetID.

CampusPress sites are accessed through the following  root URL:

Sites are created with the following publishing and viewing permissions by default:

  • Site URL is determined by the requestor
    • For example:
  • Sites are visible to the requestor and admins only until such time that the admin changes the privacy settings.

Sites can be set to public or private, specified through privacy settings determined by the site administrator.

Site visibility is set to publicly viewable by default when a site is created.

Site administrators can determine what role first time visitors will assume when they initially log-in to a given site.

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