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What is Edupack?

Edupack is a WordPress plugin. Our plugin simplifies Higher Ed website management.

Edupack users manage complex website systems. Some of these users maintain self-service, “Domain of One’s Own,” systems. Others maintain a single website for lots of stakeholders. Whatever the complexity, our goal is to streamline the Higher Ed website publishing workflow, from content inception to its sunsetting.

Edupack is also a community.

All core Edupack code is Open Source, published under the GNU General Public License. That means anyone can use Edupack’s core tech for free. We’ve done this so that Higher Ed pros feel free to exchange ideas and code with us (we never want to lock users into proprietary systems!)

We hold monthly meetings with our users to discuss new features and we maintain a Slack channel to discuss anything on the mind of Higher Ed pros. We aim to be as transparent as possible to gain user trust as we develop our solutions (for more info, read our post on transparency).

If you aren’t part of Edupack already, we sincerely hope you’ll join.

Feel free to email me or message me in Slack.

We cannot build the future of Higher Ed without you!

#key-info

Test Edupack.Cloud!

Yesterday, we announced our new focus: A cloud-based Edupack. You can watch the announcement during Braintrust 12: The Future of Edupack.

This new version of Edupack allows users to manage all of their institution’s sites, no matter where the site is hosted.

To validate our new features, we’re hosting a series of user studies. The 30-minute user study will demo our new solution and gauge your impressions.

If you’re interested, feel free to grab a time from our signup form: https://calendly.com/edupack

Can’t wait to show you the new Edupack!

#updates

Version 0.0.4: Brand Control

Control every sites’ branding in one place.

Edupack’s latest release includes “Brand Control.” Users can brand WP’s dashboard, notification emails, and add a branding bar to every site.

A screenshot of Edupack’s new feature, “Brand Control.”

Brand control doesn’t rely on themes and works with major WP themes. We also output CSS variables, so developers can use brand control settings anywhere on the site.

Interested in trying Brand Control? Ping me @bbertucc or email blake@edupack.dev.

#updates

Version 0.0.3: Stale Site Reporting

Visualize stale sites in your system.

Edupack version 0.0.3 adds new reports that display how many sites are inactive. You can also now download a CSV report of the stale sites in your system.

This release launches our new dashboard, which will soon include many more reports to better manage your WordPress network.

Version 0.0.2: Archival Policies 🥳

Automate archival policies with Edupack’s 0.0.2 version. From Edupack’s new Network Admin tab, send automated warning emails and archive stale sites. Super admins can also set exemptions for sites that shouldn’t be archived.

Version 0.0.2 also allows Super Admins to hide/show site publishing permissions for network users. The site publishing permissions allows users to manually archive sites, so that sites can be hidden from the public.

Requires WP 5.6+ w/ Multisite Enabled

#updates

Wrangling Reports

Team Edupack is very detail oriented.

At a recent meeting, we honed the philosophy behind what we report.

Here’s what we decided: Edupack will never clutter admin dashboards with useless reports.

In other words, we’ll only display reports with data that our features impact.

For example, we’ll report usage statistics so admins can tune archive rules to prevent dormant sites. We’ll also report on accessibility errors so admins can automatically nudge problem site owners.

Additional reports may include the number of archived sites over time, the ratio of sites supporting WordPress’ block editor, and the amount of times each block is used.

Keeping to philosophies like these make every aspect of Edupack more useful to Higher Ed Pros we serve.

Let us know if you have any great report ideas!

Your great ideas inspire our features.

#plans

Seeking Dev. Partners

Edupack seeks institutions, agencies, and other Higher Ed pros to become development partners.

Edupack’s development partners are driven to improve campus website publishing. Each partner meets with Edupack’s team to sculpt the roadmap of features they are interested in. One-on-one meetings take place at the beginning and end of the development of each feature:

Content Governance
Libraries of reusable blocks and patterns.

Automated Archiving
Rules to sunsetting stale content.

Self-service Web Publishing
Control over onboarding & a domain-of-ones-own

Brand Governance
Brand control across large networks.

Integrations
Trusted .edu tech that supports Higher Ed users.

Accessibility Reporting
Keeping Campus sites accessible.

Edupack has also built a thriving community to help development partners solve solutions to problems that are outside of our roadmap.

Interested in having your ideas coded?

Contact me, blake@edupack.dev, for more information.

Together, we can revolutionize Higher Ed web publishing.

#key-info, #updates

My FSE Experience

Full Site Editing or “FSE” is WordPress’s attempt to make an entire site editable via their block editor. I dove headfirst into FSE this week. After lots of head banging, my conclusion:

Don’t depend on FSE today, but FSE’s future is bright!!

Our main headache was the query block. We encountered lots of weird bugs, like crashing blocks and hidden images. Controlling typography, especially for headings, was also extremely limited and color settings took forever to set, as this ticket highlights.

Still, I have faith in FSE…

Imagine: No CSS coding. No mockups.

The Blocksy theme already saves coding time. Their GUI style controls cover 80% of what designers can imagine. FSE provides additional global style settings that could, theoretically, make custom themes useless. Designers could design their site within WordPress without needing mockups or coding expertise.

For Higher Ed pros, block-based style controls also provide better management over user capabilities. That means accessibility and branding policies can be policed at a code level instead of through visual, human tests.

For those reasons, the future is bright for FSE.

Unfortunately, FSE’s bright future is probably not coming soon.

#research

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