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Cara Peckens
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  • Towson, MD
  • United States
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Employer?
Johns Hopkins University - Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Website:
http://krieger.jhu.edu
Personal Website:
http://www.cpeckens.com
Find me on LinkedIn at:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/cpeckens
List three areas of expertise or specialization.
wordpress, content strategy, PHP/HTML/CSS/JS
What CMS are you using?
Wordpress, Site Executive
What department or office are you in?
Communications & Marketing
Primary Job Responsibility
Front-end web developer with a marketing and communications background. Expertise in the higher education and music/entertainment sectors. A digital jack-of-all-trades, experienced project manager and advanced Wordpress theme/plugin developer. Constructing sites using responsive web design and content-first practices.
Number of students at your institution
5000

2011-2012 Sites launched

School of Arts & Sciences - http://krieger.jhu.edu

Department of Physics Annual Publication - http://krieger2.jhu.edu/pubs/physics

Hopkins-China STEM - http://krieger.jhu.edu/chinastem

Center for Advanced Media Studies - http://krieger.jhu.edu/cams

The Academy at Johns Hopkins - http://krieger2.jhu.edu/theacademy

Arts & Sciences Magazine - http://krieger.jhu.edu/magazine

Department of Economics - http://econ.jhu.edu

Latest Activity

Cara Peckens replied to Dan Bashaw's discussion Migration to WordPress
"There's a open Google spreadsheet for higher ed sites using Wordpress: http://bit.ly/12nblfc There's also a mailing list for wordpress and higher ed: http://lists.automattic.com/mailman/listinfo/wp-edu and a new…"
Jul 15, 2013
Cara Peckens replied to Dan Bashaw's discussion Migration to WordPress
"Hillary - We did everything in house including server configuration, design, coding, content editing/migration.  We're a small team; there's only five of us: the director, an art director/designer,  a writer/editor, a web…"
Jul 10, 2013
Cara Peckens replied to Dan Bashaw's discussion Migration to WordPress
"Daniel - I use Easy Content Types (http://pippinsplugins.com/easy-content-types/) in my local environment as a code generator.  There's a great export code feature.  Then I can further optimize and customize the code and bundle as I…"
Jul 10, 2013
Cara Peckens replied to Dan Bashaw's discussion Migration to WordPress
"First we completed a full content audit and determined what kind of content types we had.  Based on the content types we created several custom post types (Fields of Study, Courses, People, Profiles, Department Highlights) and associated…"
Jul 10, 2013
Cara Peckens replied to Dan Bashaw's discussion Migration to WordPress
"Hi, I'm the web developer for Johns Hopkins School of Arts & Sciences and have been a Wordpress developer for over 5 years.  We are currently in the process of moving all of our sites from Site Executive to Wordpress.  We have a…"
Jul 10, 2013
Cara Peckens replied to Tony Moreno's discussion Wordpress Multisite and spam plugin recommendations in the group WordPress
"Akismet if you have the budget.  TypePad Antispam is free and reported to work as well as Akismet and now has a Wordpress plugin: http://antispam.typepad.com/info/get-started.html If you'd prefer not to use a plugin, Wordpress'…"
Aug 31, 2012
Cara Peckens added a discussion to the group WordPress
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Shibboleth Integration

Has anyone had success integrating Shibboleth authentication with Wordpress? I'm getting ready to experiment with the Shibboleth plugin and wanted to see if anyone has any insight or experience with this process.See More
Jan 31, 2012
Cara Peckens replied to Sarah McMaster's discussion multi-site find and replace to go from beta to live site causes no style sheet on one site in the group WordPress
"No problem, happy to help!  Congrats on the launch!"
Jan 30, 2012
Cara Peckens replied to Sarah McMaster's discussion multi-site find and replace to go from beta to live site causes no style sheet on one site in the group WordPress
"You need to check all your theme files.  There are beta urls in those files need to be updated as well.  I think that's where most of your problems are coming from. Most importantly your header.php and footer.php and stylesheets, but…"
Jan 27, 2012
Cara Peckens replied to Sarah McMaster's discussion multi-site find and replace to go from beta to live site causes no style sheet on one site in the group WordPress
"Sarah - From what I've heard it's probably either one of two things. 1. a problem with the .htaccess file. either the Rewrite base is incorrect, or the rules Eric highlighted above are incorrect. 2. the search and replace query wasn't…"
Jan 27, 2012
Cara Peckens replied to Sarah McMaster's discussion multi-site find and replace to go from beta to live site causes no style sheet on one site in the group WordPress
"Yep, that's just what I was thinking, because it's affecting wp-includes and plugins files as well."
Jan 27, 2012
Cara Peckens replied to Sarah McMaster's discussion multi-site find and replace to go from beta to live site causes no style sheet on one site in the group WordPress
"Yep, that's definitely it.  The site is trying to pull all your javascript and css from http://mwcc.edu/library/wp-content/finishyourpath. when it should be http://mwcc.edu/wp-content/finishyourpath For example the site is…"
Jan 27, 2012
Cara Peckens replied to Sarah McMaster's discussion multi-site find and replace to go from beta to live site causes no style sheet on one site in the group WordPress
"Sounds like there might be some links in the actual theme files that need to be updated.  These wouldn't have been updated by the script.  If you could post of the live links of some of your broken sites, I could take a look at the…"
Jan 27, 2012
Cara Peckens replied to Sarah McMaster's discussion development site to live site - update hyperlinks etc - HELP!! in the group WordPress
"It's a good point though.  You don't want to do a simple search and replace of the sql file in textedit, losing your widgets can be a big ol pain."
Jan 20, 2012
Cara Peckens replied to Sarah McMaster's discussion development site to live site - update hyperlinks etc - HELP!! in the group WordPress
"Bill, I've never had that issue as I'm only changing the home and siteurl fields in wp_options table"
Jan 20, 2012
Cara Peckens replied to Sarah McMaster's discussion development site to live site - update hyperlinks etc - HELP!! in the group WordPress
"Sarah - Here are the 4 SQL queries to do a find and replace for all URLS both in the content and the permalinks. I use this all the time when I move sites from local development to live sites.  Your database manager will know how to run these…"
Jan 20, 2012

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At 3:59pm on November 11, 2011, Erik Runyon said…

Hey Cara,

Nice work on the econ site. I'm think we'll start seeing a lot more RWD in higher-ed over the next year.

 
 
 

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Sara Arnold commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
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"Get the scoop on snippets in the new post up on the blog! "
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