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29 Ways WordPress Is Taking Over Universities and Higher Ed

When CampusPress first started hosting WordPress Multisite networks for schools and universities 5+ years ago, it was pretty much exclusively for blog networks.

But not so today.

With easy to customize themes and the user friendliness of the publishing process, we see WordPress being leveraged to meet dozens of web and technology needs.

And now with improved integration with popular Learning Management Systems, and the new data centers in Europe and Canada, this trend is poised to grow even more.

Take a look at these 29 live sites, all hosted by Edublogs Campus, for inspiration and ideas!
1. Professional Websites
The Ohio State University
u.osu.edu

2. News & Marketing

OSU

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Make Your Photos Yours With Pressgram

It’s like Instagram but for WordPress and you get to keep 100 per cent ownership of your images. And it’s finally hit the Apple App Store.

John Saddington’s baby Pressgram is now available to download for free.

The co-founder of the now defunct 8BIT, the company behind the Standard theme, announced the photo sharing app’s arrival this morning, just a day after the one year anniversary of the program’s conception.

According to Pressgram’s Kickstarter page, the app is like Instagram in functionality but differs is in its philosophy.

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10 Ways You Can Contribute to WordPress Without Touching Code

Volunteers the world over are the lifeblood of WordPress. Countless developers sift through code to create the thousands of plugins and themes we use everyday – not to mention WordPress itself. In their own time, these developers kill bugs, produce patches and clean up Trac.

But contributing to WordPress doesn’t mean you have to speak PHP. While helping the WordPress community appears skewed towards those with programming know-how, there are many other valuable ways you can make your mark, whether your skills lie in writing, organising or even speaking another language.

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3 New Reasons Why You Should Download WordPress for iOS

The WordPress for iOS team has further fuelled my penchant for stalking random bloggers thanks to their latest release for the iPhone and iPad.

Version 3.7 is out and features a fast and beautiful new native reader, making it all the more easier to follow your favourite blogs and find new ones that have been freshly pressed.

The major features in this release include:

Revamped native reader
New accounts system, ensuring the app does a better job of connecting to multiple services like your blog, Jetpack, the native reader and notification feature
Thai language support

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ManageWP enters the WordPress news space

After months of mystery, the guys at ManageWP have offered a sneak peak at their entry into the WordPress news space.

ManageWP.org is a WordPress news aggregator, kind of like Digg, where users can submit articles and start discussions.

Members of the site can vote for their favourite stories and the most popular items are featured on the front page.

I received an email invite to check out the site. It’s easy enough to login using your Twitter account and navigate the site. Submitting articles is as simple as copying and pasting a link and adding a short description.

ManageWP news site

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Twenty Fourteen Theme Takes a Step Further

A WordPress.com premium theme has been pulled from sale to become the default Twenty Fourteen theme.

Work has begun on recycling Further, Automattic’s first magazine-style theme. A demo site is available.

Designed by theme wrangler Takashi Irie, the theme features a responsive layout, a featured content area and support of standard, video, image, gallery, aside and quote post formats. It also includes seven widget areas.

Automattic theme division lead Lance Willet and theme wrangler Konstantin Obenland, along with Irie, will rework the theme in time for the release of WordPress 3.8  in early December.

Twenty Fourteen theme

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Got a Great Idea for WordPress 3.8? Have Your Say

If you’ve got a feature idea for WordPress, get ready to pitch it this week.

Co-founder Matt Mullenweg will host the first planning meeting for WordPress 3.8 on UTC Thursday, 8 August 2013 at 6pm in #wordpress-dev on Freenode.

Mullenweg himself is leading development on version 3.8, which is planned for release in early December.

In his State of the Word address at WordPress San Francisco, he said the release would be “experimental” and would likely feature the MP6 admin UI plugin and the 2014 theme.

WordPress 3.7 and 3.8 are being developed simultaneously.

WordPress 3.8 feature ideas

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70% of People Have Never Heard of WordPress

The title says it all. In a recent survey conducted by WPMU, 70% of more than 1,500 respondents from the general population in the U.S. said they had never heard of WordPress. Of course that means 30% had.

Here are a few more quick overview stats:

35-44 year olds were the group with the highest rate of recognition at 37.1%
32.1% of males said they had heard of the platform while 28.1% of females said they had
34.8% of urban populations, 26.6% of suburban populations, and 23.6% of rural populations had heard of WordPress

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