Mines Website Project

Mines is converting its existing websites to a new content management system starting January 2.

If you are a current website manager at Mines, you can start now with a development site to familiarize yourself with the interface.

This project will have a special focus on website accessibility and usability. 

For information, contact Jake Kupiec, kupiec@mines.edu

Project Timeline

Summer 2016

  • Select CMS
  • Website Hosting RFP
  • Determine theme

September 2016

  • Update graphic standards
  • Update style guide
  • Hire theme developer

October-December 2016

  • Secure hosting and determine themes and plugins
  • Create initial templates for the Mines home page and associated top-level pages
  • Create a development site to test new theme templates and create a sandbox area for distributed website managers
  • Build photo repository for web pages

December 2016

  • Hire a managing editor for the project
  • Convert the existing Newsroom site
  • Create landing page templates for all degree programs

January 2017

  • Hire new staff
  • Convert and update existing top-level pages
  • Create child themes for college pages

February 2017

  • Plan trainings for distributed developers
  • Create child themes for college pages

March 2017

  • Go live with new home page and related top-level pages
  • Go live with updated newsroom site
  • Create new admissions landing page(s)

March-April 2017

  • Convert and update college websites


Resources for distributed website managers and page stewards

Learn more about WordPress

For a more hands-on approach you can take advantage of these video lessons, showing in detail how to accomplish specific tasks in WordPress:


WordPress for Beginners: http://learntocodewith.me/getting-started/topics/wordpress/

WordPress: A Simple Beginner's Introduction (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwan-ofPGqQ

Additional trainings available for purchase on Lynda.com (free 10-day trial): http://www.lynda.com/search?q=wordpress

Learn more about WordPress: https://wordpress.org/about/ (Key stat: 25% of all websites globally use WordPress)

Learn more about the Divi Theme

WordPress uses themes to control the look and presentation of content on a website. Mines will provide customized themes for all websites in the mines.edu domain. We will primarily use a customized version of Divi from Elegant Themes. Note that development sites will use an out-of-the-box version of Divi while we work on customized versions or child themes.

Divi Theme Documentation: http://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/divi/documentation/

Read more about Divi and see 30 sites that use the Divi theme: https://colorlib.com/wp/websites-using-divi-theme/

Learn more about Web Accessibility and Usability

Tips for Getting Started: https://www.w3.org/WAI/gettingstarted/tips/index.html

Perspective Videos—Explore the impact and benefits of accessibility for everyone:https://www.w3.org/WAI/perspectives/

Designing for Inclusion: https://www.w3.org/WAI/users/Overview.html

Make your website more accessible: https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/how-to-make-your-wordpress-website-more-accessible

Plain language and inclusive document design: http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/plain-language-and-inclusive-document-design/62414