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WordPress is an open source blog tool and publishing platform. IT Services provides easy-to-install, centrally supported WordPress instances to Stanford departments and officially-recognized groups for use in web space.

Centrally installed WordPress sites come with a “Stanford Modern” theme — enabled by default — that matches the University’s current look-and-feel for official department websites. IT Services maintains back-end application code and the “Stanford Modern” theme (i.e., keeps it functional, infrastructure-integrated, and secure), but site owners are responsible for implementing this maintenance periodically — and as notified by IT Services — via a provided, automated upgrader tool.

Available to

Stanford departments and officially-recognized groups.


When implemented on the Stanford Web Service using the Stanford Collaboration Tools Installer, WordPress provides the following added benefits:

  • Easy installation via a web-based form.
    Install as many as 20 separate WordPress sites in your organization’s AFS web space, depending on the number of other web applications installed there. (Each WordPress installation automatically creates one MySQL database and organizations are allowed up to a total of 20 databases.)
  • Database backups, application maintenance/upgrades, and up-to-date Stanford look-and-feel are provided by IT Services.
  • An HTTP Authentication WordPress plugin allows users to login with their SUNetIDs and have a WordPress account set up under their name automatically (via LDAP integration).
  • Visit to see a list of WordPress features.


  • Installation and maintenance of WordPress via the Collaboration Tools Installer is limited to /dept and /group directories in Stanford AFS web space. The service is not available for /class and  /user directories (e.g.,
  • The department or group must have a valid CGI account.
  • The department or group must have a valid -admin PTS group.
  • The logged-in user who requests installation must be a member of the -admin PTS group corresponding to that department or group directory.
  • Site owners must be willing to apply periodic IT Services provided maintenance upgrades via an automated web-based tool (the Collaboration Tools Upgrader).


For assistance, please submit a HelpSU Request (for problems with instances installed via the Collaboration Tools Installer or the installer itself).

IT Services does not provide HelpSU support or comprehensive documentation on how to use the application. Community support is available on all WordPress topics from the members of the WordPress Users Email List. See also the Tech Commons Topic Page.


Free of charge.

Getting started

If you belong to the “-admin” PTS group for your department’s or group’s AFS space, you can use the Collaboration Tools Installer to install WordPress: 
→ Collaboration Tools Installer

To request membership in an “-admin” group, submit a HelpSU request.

Details about the requirements and default configuration of the centrally installed WordPress service are available on the University Web Services Wiki: WordPress Service Details page.

Numerous WordPress blogs in use at Stanford are showcased at


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