Creating a WordPress theme for cross-departmental use

Challenge

To create a WordPress theme in the hopes that several departments within the university would use the framework and eliminate branding inconsistencies to promote the message of unity to internal and external audiences.

Results

After copious amounts of research regarding different stakeholders and the different needs of many departments our team created a framework specific to NC State University, but one that would allow for different departments to make it their own.

Although this project is still in progress, we have created templates and guidelines for different modules that the departments can incorporate. Elements we found to be most popular were things such as news blocks, news posts, gallery pages, event pages, faculty pages, and research offerings.

Not only do we seek to offer an attractive and functional interface for the target audiences, we hope to allow internal users to edit their respective sites without extensive knowledge of web design.