Web Design and Digital Scholarship Support

Web Design with WordPress

The WordPress platform has evolved considerably over the last 15 years. Initially conceived as an open-source blogging platform it has now become one of the most powerful and widely used web design tools used on the Internet. It is estimated that approximately one-third of all websites are built using WordPress. Not only is it an effective and affordable tool for building a web presence, it is also a useful skill in and of itself.

Digital Scholarship Support

Digital scholarship takes many shapes, encompassing new forms of collaboration and publication as well as new methods for visualizing and analyzing data. LEDS supports faculty and students in these endeavors, as they experiment and create, both in the classroom and beyond. We offer a range of web publishing and content creation solutions

George Bolster Collection

Lucy Scribner Library

Comida Latina

Prof. Viviana Rangil

The Great War Archive

Prof. John Anzalone

What Faculty Are Saying

Aaron Kendall guided me as I constructed an annotated Bath tour using Google Earth Web for location-based and virtual teaching of Jane Austen’s Persuasion (1818). Austen sets volume II of this novel in Bath, a heritage city that carries a Regency imprint aligning prosperity and social class with architecture and geography. In my course on Jane Austen (EN 363R), we visited all the pertinent locations and Austen’s four residences in just one class period. We entered the Assembly Rooms to view the magnificent chandeliers and acted out the scene where Anne Elliot steps forward to greet Wentworth in the Octagon Room! My knowledge of Austen and Bath and Aaron’s of academic technology made for a fine collaboration. “Placing Austen’s Persuasion,” the title of my forthcoming article, will soon be available to students and instructors.
Catherine Golden

Professor, English

A google earth photo of the City of Bath, England
A photo from inside the Octagon Room


An example of a wordpress template

Not Just for Blogs Anymore

We have acquired some newer templates that can assist you with creating a personal website. All our websites are hosted on servers we have full access to and we offer granular control over who can view your content.

Flip Phillips – Psychology and Neuroscience

Viviana Rangil – Indigenous Markets

Dominque Vuvan – Music and Cognition Lab

Additional Websites and Scholarship found on Skidmore’s WordPress

We have a number of academic programs, courses and researchers that publish their work with WordPress. Here are some examples:

Media Society and State in Modern China
Creative Thought Travels
Jean de Boschère, Illustre Ymagier
Chris in Copenhagen
Skidmore College Career Development Center Summer Funded Experiences
Literature and The Environment
Sustainable Skidmore

Students farming in the on campus plot
Skidmore Blogs login page

Local WordPress Multisite Instance

Login Portal
Log in with your Skidmore credentials here:
What is a blog?
Blogs are websites that allow users, known as bloggers, to publish text and upload documents, images, and video. One of the reasons bloggers are attracted to this technology is they can easily create posts and make comments on each other’s posts and pages. Blogs are considered a collaborative technology. Skidmore Blogs is a multisite self-hosted instance that runs on WordPress open source software. Skidmore blogs can be public, private, or available to the Skidmore community only. WordPress has many exciting features including themes and plugins that let users control and customize the look and appearance of their site. The Skidmore Blogs homepage has many examples of public viewable sites in the right column under the Contributors. To learn more about classroom applications, please reference the ELI handout: The 7 things you should know about blogs.
What can a WP site be used for?
Faculty, staff and students are using blogs to accomplish many different goals from collaborative digital storytelling projects to eportfolio reflective journalling. Blogs sites are highly customizable, ideal for writing and posting multimedia, and allow the author to be at the center of a defined audience that can offer feedback and mentoring. While blogs are often personal, they can also be made up of multiple authors to encourage communication and collaboration. Typically, faculty request course blogs for their students before the start of the semester so there is adequate time for planning and set up. The ease of web publishing with Skidmore Blogs seems to offer something for everyone!

Sample ideas for academic blogs:

  • Course blog
  • Individual or group reflection activities
  • Book discussion
  • Study abroad narrative
  • ePortfolio

What Faculty Are Saying

WordPress provides an attractive, customizable alternative to Blackboard for faculty who want to design websites for their courses without having to work with HTML coding.  WordPress Blog Sites provide a visually and media rich environment for course information while individual or class blogs promote engagement with ideas and interaction among students.   Whether used as online journals, reader-response discussion forums, or exchange and critiquing of student papers, blogs encourage thoughtful responses from students, provide practice in written communication, and give voice to student who may be reluctant to participate in classroom discussion.
Michael Marx

Associate Professor, English

A website is an essential part of a scientist’s public-facing profile. I use WordPress to host my lab website – it’s an easy-to-use platform that allows me to showcase the work I’m doing with students in the lab and connect folks to my teaching and research materials.
Dominique Vuvan

Assistant Professor, Psychology


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