I want a 2.0 Toolbox!

Once again, McMaster University sets a high bar! Amanda Etches-Johnson announces:

Wee announcement at MPOW today about a new service we’re rolling out called the 2.0 Toolbox. It’s a suite of 2.0 tools we’re hosting for faculty which, at the moment, consists of installed blogs (usingWordPress MU) and wikis (using PmWiki).

As you probably know, WordPress MU is a multi-user blogging environment (hence the “MU”) that allows users to set up their own blogs with a couple of clicks. It’s pretty sweet overall, but we’ve had our fair share of tussles over getting the admin end to work over SSL (thanks to Kevin Gilbertson at Wake Forest and Karen Coombs for putting up with my numerous questions and sharing their code! And to my super-patient colleague, John Fink, for being a troubleshooting superhero). PmWiki, on the other hand, has been nothing but golden, from an administrative perspective. Installation took all of 6 minutes and configuring the installation as a “wiki farm” took another 3 minutes.

Most cool…and as a faculty member, I’d be all over this. Every semester I have 50 or so students get WordPress.com blogs. Maybe I need a WordPress MU installation too…

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2 thoughts on “I want a 2.0 Toolbox!”

  1. If you do want your own wpmu installation, it’s pretty dead easy to do. And the problem for which I was a “troubleshooting superhero” (basically, wrapping logins and admin pages in SSL) has been made significantly easier. We’re on the 1.0-rc4 version and it’s going swimmingly.

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