Managing a gigantic Multisite installation and surviving to tell the tale

Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 1:30 - 2:15 pm (EDT) (UTC-04:00)
Location: Room 1004
Format: General Lecture Session

Session description

Get to know Mike before he presents. Learn when he caught the spark to work on the web and why he loves working in higher education.

In 2010, John Carroll University began rolling out WordPress as its content management, the first the school had ever used. They picked WordPress due to its user-friendly interface and powerful customization abilities. The site has grown beyond our wildest imagination, and now over 300 sites are hosted in a large Multisite network. Needless to say, Mike has walked the walk…

This talk will, um, talk the talk about how to successfully manage an extremely large WordPress Multisite installation. From hardware to themes to plugins, Mike will share his tips and tricks to be able to not only support a large user community, but get the best performance possible, all while avoiding common gotchas and pitfalls.

This session brought to you in partnership with the HighEdWeb Association.


Mike Richwalsky

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Principal, Gas Mark 8, Ltd.

Mike Richwalsky consults for institutions of higher education and is a principal at Gas Mark 8, Ltd. in the US and UK. During the day, he is a digital marketing director at Q-Lab Corporation. Before moving to the private sector and consulting side, he worked for nearly 20 years in higher education and was most recently the executive director of marketing and creative services at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. An accomplished speaker, he focuses on the technical side of web development in higher education, with a focus on the cloud, web applications and more.


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