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MyVU and Vanderbilt View now powered by WordPress

Posted by on Thursday, May 5, 2011 in Launch.

Earlier last month myVU, the news source for Vanderbilt faculty and staff, and Vanderbilt View, the monthly magazine, merged with the Vanderbilt News web presence. This allows us to greatly simplify how we communicate news at Vanderbilt. Prior to the merge, many news stories would be posted twice, verbatim.  Once on the Vanderbilt news website and once on the myVU site. Not great for search engine optimization (duplicate content reduces your page rank), not great for time and resource efficiency either.

Now that myVU is powered by the same backend WordPress installation that runs Vanderbilt News and Research News @ Vanderbilt, stories can be posted once and appear across all of the news sites. Both sites also incorporate a slideshow (the popular Nivo slider) that can feature content from across all of the news presences.

Based on what type of story it is, different headers, footers and sidebars are presented. What we’re calling a “hierarchy of branding” takes place for each individual story:

  • If a story is RESEARCH, it will always have the research layout, no matter what other news sources it also is associated with (i.e. a myVU story that is also a research story will look like a research story.)
  • If a story is ONLY for myVU, it will have the myVU layout.
  • Otherwise, the story will have the default Vanderbilt News layout.
  • If a story is from the Vanderbilt View, the myVU layout is used and the Vanderbilt View logo appears in the right column.

All the cool features we’ve built into the backend for the main news presence and research are now available for myVU and Vanderbilt View too.  We’re also now supporting just one content management system — and one set of templates — instead of three, which reduces the amount of time we spend posting stories, addressing technical glitches, etc.

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    May 19th, 2011


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    September 18th, 2011

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  • Kmorgan

    May 23rd, 2011

    Excellent new site! Love the fact that you went with open source CMS…

  • Anonymous

    May 29th, 2011

    WordPress is hugely powerful, good move!

  • Andre Moore

    May 30th, 2011

    I have already been seeking for a lot of nice information recently and this one simply just caught my sight. Have a great day ahead. Such exciting content of MyVU and Vanderbilt you possess.

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    June 1st, 2011

    WordPress is the way to go! Excellent transition.

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    June 12th, 2011

    Very cool! WordPress Rocks. I use it as well and could not be happier with it.

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    June 23rd, 2011

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    June 27th, 2011

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    July 2nd, 2011

    You’re going to love Word Press, its so diversified!

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    July 11th, 2011

    Goodn updates ! The wordpress installation will increase the likeliness of then website. And the slider presentation will also make reading news easier alln at one place. But the duplicate content must be taken care of, because thatn will affect the rankling of the page in search engine results.

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    July 18th, 2011

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    July 20th, 2011

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    July 22nd, 2011

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    August 13th, 2011

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    August 13th, 2011

    So clean, professional and nice. Will you have any editing issues?

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    August 25th, 2011

    nice templates. I use it as well and could not be happier with it

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    September 11th, 2011

    Good article

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    September 11th, 2011

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    September 15th, 2011

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    September 21st, 2011

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    February 16th, 2012

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    February 20th, 2012

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    February 29th, 2012

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    March 7th, 2012


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    March 11th, 2012

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    April 15th, 2012

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    May 25th, 2012

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    September 20th, 2012

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