The WIGG-WordPress group is intended to bring together those interested in deploying and developing WordPress websites at Illinois in order to create common practices, codebases, and support documentation. 


  • A regularly updated WordPress theme that is available to all units on PIE, cPanel, and in stand-alone form. 
  • Gutenberg blocks to implement a variety of design pattern pieces from the Design group in WordPress 
  • A community of WordPress developers and support people to further the usefulness of WordPress on campus.
  • Raise awareness of WordPress as a web publishing tool.


  • wordpress.webtheme.illinois.edu – documentation website for using and deploying this WordPress theme to campus hosting options
  • A regularly updated WordPress theme that is available to all units.
  • Working with developers of other active campus themes to remove or deactivate as current options for Illinois users in PIE.
  • Identifying functionality, plug-ins, tools or needs of their theme to switch over to the new Illinois theme.
  • Identifying new functionality needed for the theme.
  • A community of WordPress developers and support people to further the usefulness of WordPress on campus

Out-of-scope items

  • Supporting individual units’ development and special-function needs within WordPress 
  • Supporting individual WordPress sites and site administrators 
  • Managing the campus “push button” PIE and cPanel services 


  • Melissa Waller, ACES (chair)
  • Anthony Blanton – Crop Sciences, ACES
  • Bryan Jonkers – IT Partners at Education
  • Cordelia Geiken – Tech Services
  • Gregory Parks – Crop Sciences, ACES
  • Julieanne Chapman – Tech Services
  • Martin Lamping – Tech Services
  • Robert Slater – Tech Services
  • Todd Mette – Public Affairs

Join Us

There are several ways to join the project.