Contact:Modular Theme Q&A
UNC Modular WordPress Theme available to campus users in February
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 14, 2020
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Web architect lead, Michael Triplett said, “UNC Modular will be an accessible and user-friendly option for campus web designers and web developers as they await the release of an accessibility compliant version of the WordPress Guttenberg editor.”
According to Triplett, UNC Modular offers academic departments an easier authoring experience and a more modern approach to layout than the traditional WordPress editor used in the current Heelium custom theme. “Modular requires less reliance on writing custom code for custom fields,” said Triplett. “Users don’t need to have extensive HTML mark-up knowledge since page layout is handled by interchangeable modules.”
Kim Vassiliadis, Digital Services and User Experience Manager, wanted to “give departments something that would mirror the University’s identity and branding. The Modular Theme has a consistent look and feel to the main UNC website using the same typefaces and a similar layout.”
“The initial design of UNC Modular was piloted in February 2018,” said Vassiliadis. “We are excited to release it to the University after a full year of development and testing.”
A handful of University sites began using the Modular Theme in September 2019 and the success of those sites opened the way for a full release of the theme in early 2020. UNC Modular can be seen in action at:
About UNC ITS Digital Services: ITS Digital Services offers central WordPress-based web development and hosting for the university. Digital Services staff draw on experience in universities, government, non-profit agencies, publishing, design firms, and more. ITS Digital Services is connected to key central campus IT services such as database support, middleware, analytics and the help desk making it a great choice for you to quickly get the support you’ll need.
UNC Modular WordPress Theme Q&A
Download or print a copy of the UNC Modular Theme FAQ.
The UNC Modular Word Press Theme offers many benefits to users:
- Consistent branding and identity with other UNC websites
- Layout, typeface and color options that meet WCAG 2.1 standards
- Modules designed using the most-used templates and views on UNC academic web sites
- More options for customization with less reliance on custom code
- No need to know HTML mark-up
- Flexible and easy to use
- Easier to for Digital Services developers to customize and support
In the Modular Theme modules are blocks of content such as page headers, text blocks, photo templates and image sliders. These modules can be used throughout the site and moved around on the page in an easy wysiwyg (drag and drop) editor.
You may use one of the supported WordPress themes available in your native editor, but we recommend switching to Modular!
ITS Digital Services offers theme and site customization for a fee. Contact us to discuss your options.
UNC Modular WordPress Theme – Social Media and Multimedia Options
Social media posts will be sent from the general ITS account on each platform.
UNC WordPress users, Modules are coming!
The UNC Modular WordPress Theme lets you:
- Customize your websites more quickly
- Meet accessibility guidelines
- Share brand identity with other UNC Sites
- More quickly and easily edit your web pages
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Bring your UNC website screaming into the second decade of the twenty-first century with the UNC Modular WordPress Theme! #uncwebmasters #uncwordpress
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I would create a short Adobe Spark video to include with this packet. The video would be about 1 ½ minutes and would alternate between live action shots of someone using the Modular theme in the WordPress editor and text slides very briefly explaining the benefits of the Modular Theme. Reporters could embed the video or a part of it in their stories.
The Facebook post could be made into a short (10-15 second) square-formatted text-based video with either voiceover or background music for an Instagram post.
In addition to the short video there would be instructional documentation in the form of web pages and .pdfs that would live at uncmodular.unc.edu if a reporter wanted to delve deeper into the details of the theme.