OWU WordPress

WordPress is an open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today. There are nearly 75 million websites around the world powered by WordPress, which equals nearly 20% of all websites on the Web.

OWU WordPress is our multi-site WordPress server for the entire campus community. See below for a list of some of the sites we host. If you would like a blog or a website for your course, club, or department, or a professional website of your own, contact the Help Desk to discuss your options. Below is some helpful information for those considering starting a site, and for those who already have one.

Some Example OWU WordPress Sites

Plugins: what are they and which ones are included

Plugins extend and expand the functionality of WordPress. There are over 46,ooo plugins with more than 1 billion total downloads at the WordPress.org Plugin Directory. Below is what’s already installed and available on OWU WordPress. Users with the Admin role will have access to see the list and enable/disable plugins on their sites.

Some plugins are network activated, which means they’re enabled on all sites by default. Other plugins, such as Shibboleth or Simple LDAP Login, are activated on each site when we create them, and should not be disabled. Let us know if you have any questions.

Would you like a new plugin for your site? Just let us know, and we’ll check it out. It may be that the functionality you’re looking for is already available.

Click here for the list of network activated plugins.

  • Activity Log – Be aware of any and all activities taking place on your site.
  • Akismet Anti-Spam – Spam comment protection.
  • AP Extended Mime Types – Extends the allowed uploadable file types to include a wide range of file formats.
  • Customizer Export/Import – Adds the ability to export/import theme settings from site to site, (as long as the theme keeps its options in Customizer.)
  • Feed Thumbnails – Adds your post images as thumbnails to your feed (RSS) enclosures.
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com – Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress server. (This plugin offers so much, we have a separate page on it.)
  • More Privacy Options – Add more privacy/visibility options to a WordPress multisite network.
  • Multisite Enhancements – Various tweaks for network admins.
  • Network Username Restrictions Override – Override some of the built-in restrictions in WordPress network usernames.
  • NS Cloner – Site Copier – Creates a new site as an exact clone / duplicate / copy of an existing site with theme and all plugins and settings intact in just a few steps.
  • Page Links To – Allows you to point WordPress pages or posts to a URL of your choosing. (Good for menu items.)
  • Regenerate Thumbnails – Allows you to regenerate all thumbnails after changing the thumbnail sizes.
  • SSH SFTP Updater Support – Update your WordPress blog / plugins via SFTP for greater security.
  • TinyMCE Advanced – Enables advanced features and plugins in the visual editor in WordPress.
  • Widget Importer & Exporter – Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more in a WordPress export file.
  • WordPress MU Domain Mapping – Map any blog on a WordPress website to another domain.
  • WP Security Audit Log – Keep track of everything happening on your WordPress including WordPress users activity.

Click here for the full list.

    Activity Log (2.3.4)

    by Yakir Sitbon, Maor Chasen, Ariel Klikstein
    Get aware of any activities that are taking place on your dashboard! Imagine it like a black-box for your WordPress site. e.g. post was deleted, plugin was activated, user logged in or logged out - it's all these for you to see.
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    Akismet Anti-Spam (3.3.2)

    by Automattic
    Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. It keeps your site protected even while you sleep. To get started: activate the Akismet plugin and then go to your Akismet Settings page to set up your API key.

    AP Extended Mime Types (1.1)

    by Josh Maxwell (Ardent Pixels)
    Extends the allowed uploadable MIME types to include a WIDE range of file types.

    Collapse-O-Matic (1.7.5)

    by twinpictures, baden03
    Collapse-O-Matic adds an [expand] shortcode that wraps content into a lovely, jQuery collapsible div.

    Content Holder (1.0.0)

    by Joel Laverdure
    Separate your content into reusable parts to use anywhere in your site through a function, shortcode or widget

    Customizer Export/Import (0.7)

    by The Beaver Builder Team
    Adds settings export and import functionality to the WordPress customizer.

    Enable Media Replace (3.0.6)

    by Måns Jonasson
    Enable replacing media files by uploading a new file in the "Edit Media" section of the WordPress Media Library.

    Exclude Pages from Navigation (1.92)

    by Simon Wheatley
    Provides a checkbox on the editing page which you can check to exclude pages from the primary navigation. IMPORTANT NOTE: This will remove the pages from any "consumer" side page listings, which may not be limited to your page navigation listings.
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    Feed Thumbnails (1.2)

    by John Blackbourn
    Adds your post thumbnails to your feed as enclosures.

    Jetpack by WordPress.com (5.0)

    by Automattic
    Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.

    List Plugins (1.4.4)

    by SedLex

    Create a list of the active plugins in a page (when the shortcode [list_plugins] is found).

    The list may contain:

    • the name of the plugin,
    • the description,
    • the version,
    • the screenshots,
    • a link to download the zip file of the current version.

    Plugin developped from the orginal plugin WP-PluginsUsed.

    This plugin is under GPL licence.

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    MCE Table Buttons (3.2)

    by Jake Goldman, 10up, Oomph
    Add controls for table editing to the visual content editor with this light weight plug-in.

    More Privacy Options (4.6)

    by D. Sader
    Add more privacy(visibility) options to a WordPress Multisite Network. Settings->Reading->Visibility:Network Users, Blog Members, or Admins Only. Network Settings->Network Visibility Selector: All Blogs Visible to Network Users Only or Visibility managed per blog as default.
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    Multisite Enhancements (1.3.8)

    by Frank Bültge
    Enhance Multisite for Network Admins with different topics

    Network Username Restrictions Override (1.2)

    by Daniel Westermann-Clark
    Override some of the built-in restrictions in WordPress network usernames. Similar to the Blog Name Restrictions Override plugin.
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    Ninja Pages (1.4.2)

    by The WP Ninjas
    A simple plugin that allows the user to assign categories and tags to pages.

    Page-list (5.1)

    by webvitaly
    [pagelist], [subpages], [siblings] and [pagelist_ext] shortcodes
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    Page Links To (2.9.9)

    by Mark Jaquith
    Allows you to point WordPress pages or posts to a URL of your choosing. Good for setting up navigational links to non-WP sections of your site or to off-site resources.
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    Regenerate Thumbnails (2.2.6)

    by Alex Mills (Viper007Bond)
    Allows you to regenerate all thumbnails after changing the thumbnail sizes.
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    Simple LDAP Login (1.6.0)

    by Clif Griffin Development Inc.
    Authenticate WordPress against LDAP.

    Simple Lightbox (2.6.0)

    by Archetyped
    The highly customizable lightbox for WordPress

    Slimstat Analytics (4.6.8)

    by Jason Crouse
    The leading web analytics plugin for WordPress

    SSH SFTP Updater Support (0.7.1)

    by TerraFrost
    Update your Wordpress blog / plugins via SFTP without libssh2

    TinyMCE Advanced (4.6.3)

    by Andrew Ozz
    Enables advanced features and plugins in TinyMCE, the visual editor in WordPress.
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    Uber Login Logo (1.5.1)

    by UberWeb
    Change your login logo.
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    VFB Pro (3.1.8)

    by Matthew Muro
    VFB Pro is the easiest form builder on the market.

    Widget Importer & Exporter (1.4.5)

    by churchthemes.com
    Imports and exports widgets.

    Widgets On Pages (1.1.0)

    by Todd Halfpenny
    The easiest way to Add Widgets or Sidebars to Posts and Pages using shortcodes or template tags.
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    WordPress Importer (0.6.3)

    by wordpressdotorg
    Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.

    WordPress MU Domain Mapping (0.5.5.1)

    by Donncha O Caoimh
    Map any blog on a WordPress website to another domain.

    WP Broken Link Status Checker (1.0.4)

    by Pau Iglesias, SeedPlugins
    Check and manage HTTP response codes of all your content site links and images.

    WP Security Audit Log (2.6.4)

    by WP White Security
    Identify WordPress security issues before they become a problem. Keep track of everything happening on your WordPress including WordPress users activity. Similar to Windows Event Log and Linux Syslog, WP Security Audit Log generates a security alert for everything that happens on your WordPress blogs and websites. Use the Audit Log Viewer included in the plugin to see all the security alerts.

Themes: what are they and which ones are available

A Theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical front-end interface with an underlying unifying design for a site. It modifies the way the site is displayed and designed, without modifying the underlying core programming of WordPress. You’ll find that all the themes available to your site on OWU WordPress are labeled, “Child Theme for OWU”. A child theme is merely a way of customizing a theme without modifying any of the parent theme’s underlying core code. All child themes for OWU have been customized for single-sign-on, and some have other customizations.

Would you like a new theme for your site? Just let us know, and we’ll check it out. If we install it, we’ll also make an OWU child theme for it.

Click here for the list.

  • Adventurous- Adventurous is a Simple, Clean, Minimal, Lightweight, Box-Shaped and Full-Width Responsive WordPress Theme.
  • APEX Planning Portfolio Theme 1.2- APEX Planning Portfolio is a two column child theme created for the Genesis Framework.
  • Awaken- Awaken WordPress theme is an elegant magazine/news WordPress theme.
  • Backstreet- Blog and Magazine WordPress Theme
  • Book Blog- Variable grid layout, easing effect on window resizing.
  • Catch Kathmandu- Catch Kathmandu Theme is a fully responsive WordPress theme that looks elegant on any devices. It is simple, clean and lightweight.
  • Coraline- A squeaky-clean theme featuring a custom menu, header, background, and layout. Coraline supports 7 widget areas and featured images.
  • Customizr- Customizr is a versatile and easy to customize WordPress theme, instantly giving a professional look to your online presence. Designed with visitor engagement in mind, it allows anyone to create a beautiful, fast and mobile friendly website compatible with all browsers and devices.
  • Digital Signage
  • Dyad- Dyad pairs your written content and images together in perfect balance. The theme is geared towards photographers, foodies, artists, and anyone who is looking for a strong photographic presence on their website.
  • Eighties- A modern, progressively enhanced theme designed to keep your content front and center.
  • Enigma- Enigma is an incredibly superfine multipurpose responsive theme you can use for your business, portfolio, blogging or any type of site. Enigma is Responsive and flexible based on a framework that adapts your website to mobile devices and the desktop or any other viewing environment.
  • Evening Shade- Offers more features and functionality, packs better design, a control panel to manage your theme, plus a lot more. IMPORTANT:To get Theme Updates, I strongly recommend you sign up for a Theme Membership at Pixel Theme Studio.
  • Genesis- The industry standard for Premium WordPress Themes. Please do not modify this style sheet, as it might get overridden in updates.
  • Genesis Sample Theme- This is the sample theme created for the Genesis Framework.
  • Genesis Sample Theme for OWU- This is the sample theme created for the Genesis Framework, modified by OWU IS.
  • Magazine Premium- Create a truly unique design using the theme customizer by choosing your own header image, background color or image, page layout, site width, link color and more. Distinguish each post with one of the eight supported post formats: Video, Image, Aside, Status, Audio, Quote, Link and Gallery.
  • P2- Blogging at the speed of thought. P2 transforms a mild-mannered blog into a super-blog with features like inline comments, a posting form right on the homepage, inline editing of posts and comments, real-time updates, and much more.
  • Promenade- Featuring a widgetized homepage, Promenade’s clean layout and minimalistic design is perfect to capture your audience’s attention and allow them to easily navigate your content.
  • Respo Theme- Responsive WordPress theme
  • Snowblind- Create a truly unique design with Snowblind, a lightweight and fully responsive theme. Use the new Theme Options customizer to add your own background, page layout, site width and more. Distinguish each post with one of the eight supported post formats: Video, Image, Aside, Status, Audio, Quote, Link and Gallery.
  • Spacious- Spacious is an incredibly spacious multipurpose responsive theme coded & designed with a lot of care and love. You can use it for your business, portfolio, blogging or any type of site.
  • Suffusion- An elegant, responsive and versatile theme with a power-packed set of options. It supports Mega-Menus, custom layout templates, advanced support for custom post types, customizable drop-down menus, featured sliders, tabbed sidebars, a magazine layout and lots of enhanced widgets for Twitter, Flickr, Google etc.
  • Twenty Ten- The 2010 theme for WordPress is stylish, customizable, simple, and readable — make it yours with a custom menu, header image, and background.
  • Twenty Eleven- The 2011 theme for WordPress is sophisticated, lightweight, and adaptable. Make it yours with a custom menu, header image, and background — then go further with available theme options for light or dark color scheme, custom link colors, and three layout choices.
  • Twenty Twelve- The 2012 theme for WordPress is a fully responsive theme that looks great on any device. Features include a front page template with its own widgets, an optional display font, styling for post formats on both index and single views, and an optional no-sidebar page template.
  • Twenty Thirteen- The 2013 theme for WordPress takes us back to the blog, featuring a full range of post formats, each displayed beautifully in their own unique way. Design details abound, starting with a vibrant color scheme and matching header images, beautiful typography and icons, and a flexible layout that looks great on any device, big or small.
  • Twenty Fourteen- In 2014, our default theme lets you create a responsive magazine website with a sleek, modern design.
  • Twenty Fifteen- Our 2015 default theme is clean, blog-focused, and designed for clarity. Twenty Fifteen’s simple, straightforward typography is readable on a wide variety of screen sizes, and suitable for multiple languages.
  • Verbo- Verbo is clean white WordPress theme with minimalist design. This theme is suitable for all type of devices.

Backups of OWU WordPress Sites

The OWU WordPress 2 server, and all of its files, are part of our network backup service, and can be restored up to 30 days back.

How to Get Rid of the “Prove Your Humanity” Captcha Prompt

Once you’ve answered the math problem and signed in, (you must have administrator access to do this,) hover over Jetpack on the left and click on Settings. In the list of settings, look for Protect, and click the Configure link that appears when you hover over it. Enter your computer’s IP address in the box, and click Save. That should make it easier to sign in next time.

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