This guide is to help you set up your alumni group’s new website and assist you in the process of adding and managing your content.
It is intended to be easy to follow and written with step-by-step instructions and screenshots from a test site we have set up for an imaginary alumni group in Honduras!
The website is built on the WordPress content management system and is currently hosted for free with a wordpress.com domain name. Alternatively, it can be mapped to your own domain name for a monthly fee (see section 9 – Domains).
WordPress was chosen as it is intuitive and enables the user to hit the ground running, with little to no knowledge of html code.
Several groups are already successfully using the platform (see ‘Other groups using WordPress’ under section 10 – Support and additional resources). We suggest you contact these groups to ask for their experiences and any advice they can offer if you are considering taking up a WordPress website yourself.
If you need further assistance, please click on the question mark icon at the bottom right hand corner of any page of your website for help topics. Alternatively, visit the WordPress support pages.
Please also see section 10 – Support and additional resources.
You can also post questions on WordPress’s public forums, where they may be answered by community members.
Your group’s website has been set up on a WordPress free plan but the Business Plan, for instance, offers personalised help - where you can receive email and live chat support. Find out more about the various WordPress pricing plans.
Alternatively, do please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
**** Please note: The Alumni Office can take no responsibility for websites set up by the Networks Team on behalf of alumni groups on WordPress, once they have been handed over to the group. Equally we do not monitor or approve them, and will only intervene in exceptional circumstances, for example, if content could be perceived as damaging to the reputation of the University. We therefore ask that you include the following statement prominently on your site:
<Group name> is an autonomous group for alumni of the University <living in ’x’/interested in ‘y’, etc> and operates independently of the University. Responsibility for this website and any and all activities associated with it are the full responsibility of the group and its organising committee. This website is not maintained, monitored, or in any way under the control of the University of Oxford. ****
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