Two Environments

Two WordPress options are available to the Carolina community for the purpose of web publishing and hosting. One is for individuals, the other for schools, divisions, and departments. But most features of our network are shared between both. Choose one to get started:

INDIVIDUAL WEBSITE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE

Themes

Our system offers various themes that help to define the structure and look of your site. Heelium is UNC’s default and recommended WordPress theme based on Bootstrap v. 3, which uses a fluid grid design and built-in stylesheets and components. This makes Heelium responsive to varying display sizes, benefiting mobile users as well as desktop users. It is also UNC-branded, flexible and easy to customize to your needs.

Heelium Documentation

Plugins

If you need specific website functionality, check out our plugin offerings. Examples of our top system plugins, available to activate or deactivate as you please:

Create forms for collecting information

GRAVITY FORMS

  • Create web forms and manage form fields within WordPress
  • After building elements of your form, use shortcode to insert the form in pages and posts
  • Collect responses, manage notifications and return custom replies
  • Many advanced options including importing/exporting and incorporating conditional logic to show or hide a number of fields based on user choices
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Add several shortcuts for styling your site such as columns, tables, toggles, and buttons

EASY BOOTSTRAP SHORTCODE (EBS)

  • Adds icons to the WordPress editor toolbar that allow you to generate shortcodes for a number of Bootstrap styles
  • Shortcodes simplify the addition of features to a WordPress site. They are brief snippets of text with [square brackets] inserted into your page or post that allow you to execute code without writing code directly
  • Important examples in EBS include:
    • Columns
    • Responsive Tables
    • Tabs
    • Toggles/Accordion
    • Slider
    • Icons
    • Buttons
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Add search engine optimization settings to your site to improve your rankings

YOAST SEO

  • Add keywords to optimize your pages and posts for improved search engine results
  • Add and automatically update XML sitemaps for your site that are sent to search engines
  • Customize and clean up permalinks
  • Helps you improve your rankings, get found in search results, and gain more subscribers
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Manage redirection of pages so user lands where you intended

REDIRECTION

  • Allows you to manage all your 301 redirects and monitor 404 errors
  • This is particularly useful if you are migrating pages from an old website or changing the directory of your WordPress installation
  • Google recommends using a 301 redirect to change the URL of a page as it is shown in search engine results
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Create a calendar of events

EVENTS CALENDAR

  • Create events and display as calendar or individual event posts
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Create custom post types to individualize your theme

TOOLSET TYPES

  • Lets you create custom post types so that you can display content differently from your theme’s defaults
  • You can also define custom taxonomies and custom fields
  • Works in tandem with Toolset Views (see below)
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Display custom info on your site by leveraging the database

TOOLSET VIEWS

  • Lets you design single pages, display content from the database and customize standard listing pages
  • You can create Views for simple content listings, sliders, side-by-side comparisons and for advanced elements like parametric searches
  • Works in tandem with Toolset Types (see above)
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Write and send newsletters

MAILPOET NEWSLETTERS

  • Create and send newsletters or automated emails
  • Manage subscriber lists
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Add slideshows or carousels to your site

SOLILOQUY SLIDER

  • Add custom slideshows and carousels to any page or post on your site
  • Allows use of photos, videos (local, YouTube, Vimeo, Wistia), and HTML slides
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FULL LIST OF OUR PLUGINS

ITS ENVIRONMENT

WordPress at Carolina is a managed environment with many themes, plugins and code designed specifically for the Carolina community. For security and stability reasons, we do not allow users to upload plugins, themes or custom functionality (i.e. PHP/JavaScript modules). Learn more about the benefits of our enterprise infrastructure.