Word.emerson is a hosted, networked installation of WordPress (separate from WordPress.com) where the Instructional Technology Group (ITG) creates sites used for teaching and learning. These blogs are available to members of the Emerson community upon request.
See ITG's beginner's guide to using Word.emerson for hands-on instructions.
WordPress sites can be used to create blogs, websites, journals and more. Faculty have the option to have a single WordPress site per course (with or without student contributions) or multiple sites for each student or group of students in a course.
Upon faculty request, ITG creates blogs for you and/or your students, adds users, and provides themes and plugins for users to customize their blog. If needed, we can also try to customize blogs further through custom CSS, theme, and plugin research.
How do I log into Word.emerson?
Go to word.emerson.edu and log in with your Emerson username and password. (Note: If you are already logged into Median, Google @ Emerson, or Canvas, you will automatically be logged into Word.emerson.)
How do I request a blog on Word.emerson?
Faculty must submit a request for a blog on Word.emerson through our self-service tool. Since this is a manual process, we recommend you send us your request as soon as possible.
Please note: Word.emerson is a WordPress installation exclusively for blogs related to teaching and learning. Web Services manages installations of WordPress for student organizations and department sites.
How can I learn more about WordPress?
ITG offers one-to-one training on a per request basis. We recommend that you schedule a consultation and training before getting started with WordPress to ensure that the blogs are properly customized for your needs, and that you are comfortable using the platform. We also offer the following guide to getting started with a Wordpress blog.
In addition to the support that ITG provides, we also recommend the following resource for learning about WordPress:
- LinkedIn Learning provides a self-paced WordPress Essential Training course. All Emerson faculty, students, and staff receive free LinkedIn Learning accounts. To find out more about LinkedIn Learning, see this guide.
- Although the features aren't exactly the same between WordPress.com and the WordPress hosted on Word.emerson, answers are often available at https://en.support.wordpress.com/.
If you need help with WordPress here is a list of what's supported:
- Blog creation for curricular use
- Adding users to blogs
- Curating supported themes and plugins that users can use to customize their blog
- Upon faculty request, we will try to customize blogs through custom CSS, theme and plugin research.
- Personal blogs.
- Access to edit blogs is limited to those with an active Emerson account.
- If blogs are inactive for longer than 1 year, they will be deleted.
- For student organization blogs, try web.emerson.edu via Web Services.
- For departmental blogs, try press.emerson.edu via Web Services.