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I'm a web developer at the University of California, Irvine in the Office of Information Technology (OIT).

I am responsible our simple web hosting solutions using WordPress Multisite - UCI Sites and Faculty Websites . I am also responsible for the Office of Information Technology's public website which is currently using WordPress as the content management system.

I'm an avid baker, love to draw, and am well on my way to becoming a cat lady.

Sylvia Bass

15 Minutes of Fame?

October 20, 2011

About six weeks ago, I was contacted by University Communications to see if I wanted to be included in their ZotZine magazine. They do a monthly feature on people at UCI and like to include favorite lists as a fun way of getting to know others on campus. They asked me to provide a list…

Introducing Faculty Websites

September 21, 2011

We launched the Beta version of Faculty Websites in May. Over the past few months we’ve been slowly growing, mostly by word of mouth. As of today, we have 52 Faculty Websites. Not all of them are publicly listed as the faculty members decide when they are ready to make their sites more widely available.…

Blogs to Sites

August 20, 2011

In August 2009, OIT introduced a blogging service to UCI using WordPress. Over the past two years the service has grown as people have discovered how easy it is to create a blog or a simple website using WordPress. In the past two years, both WordPress and how people are using it has evolved to…

Screenshot of Faculty Websites

Faculty Websites (BETA)

May 13, 2011

In May, OIT introduced a new service for UCI faculty. Faculty Websites makes it easy to create a simple site using WordPress. We are in a Beta phase this summer as we fine tune the system to make sure it is meeting our faculty’s needs.

WordPress MultiSite and WPMU DEV

March 17, 2011

I am heading up a project to use WordPress multi-site as a Content Management System (CMS) for faculty websites on campus. We have been running WordPress for our Blogs@UCI system since 2009 with great success. The reason we are doing a different installation for faculty sites is that we want to do further customization and…

Angry Birds Cake

February 27, 2011

This man should get Father of the Year. What a great idea. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hwVRzaQNkA[/youtube]

Displaying WordPress RSS Feeds on Another Web Site

February 16, 2011

Recently, I had the task of trying to get a WordPress created RSS feed onto the home page of another web site. We have a Safe Computing web site that I maintain. On the home page, I list the recent Security Updates sent out by our security team via a mailing list. This is a…

Just Like Our Cats

February 15, 2011

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI_Nn8g0Vv8[/youtube]

New Site

February 8, 2011

We had an old Unix web server that hosted web sites for our staff. It had been limping along and finally gave up the ghost. Since all the services were available elsewhere, they decided to let it die. I had a small personal site hosted there, but all content was backed up locally. It wasn’t…

WordPress as a CMS

January 19, 2011

WordPress is evolving beyond merely a blogging platform. By using Pages along with Posts, you can effectively create a small website with relative ease. Changing the default configuration of WordPress to show a static home page is possible with a few simple changes. You can then opt to use Posts for a blog within your…