The UWM Post website will be getting a complete overhaul over the winter break.
Some editors from The Post and I have been meeting to work out the logistics of creating the new site. Even though the current site does have a unique front-end, there’s no room for advertisements. And the beat logos (News, Fringe, Sports, Opinion) can probably live as regular buttons in a more traditional menu bar.
In addition to making changes to the front-end of the site, I’ll be tweaking some aspects of the back-end (like corralling everything in The Post’s current Multisite network into a single WordPress installation.) To do this, I’ll be using the WordPress Importer plugin to copy all of the site’s content into a development area (in other words, a subdomain on The Post’s server space that won’t be accessible to anyone except me and the editors.)
After all of the content is safely transferred to the development area, I’ll be doing a few more minor tweaks on the back-end (like moving the content of the development subdomain to the server’s main public_html folder, changing some MySQL stuff in phpMyAdmin and a few other things I’m probably forgetting right now.) If everything goes smoothly during this part of the process, the development area basically becomes The Post’s new live site.
That’s the plan—with plenty of pad factored into the timeline to account for the unexpected (which has a way of showing up during most major tech projects.)