The answer to this question requires some background info:
- The wisc.edu site was updated with new campus branding in January of 2016.
- Mid-way through 2016, other campus sites started requesting this same template (look and feel) and University Marketing decided to build out the UW Theme Lite theme for use by WordPress users on campus.
- In the summer of 2016, DoIT developers (in collaboration with University Marketing) began working on building out the UW Theme for WordPress
- In January, 2017, the WiscWeb team started offering WordPress websites using the UW Theme
The biggest thing to note from this timeline is that the wisc.edu site was not actually built with the UW Theme. Instead, the UW Theme was designed to look like the styles that were introduced on the wisc.edu site back in 2016. Therefore, just because something appears on the wisc.edu site, does not mean it is automatically added as an option in your WiscWeb site via the UW Theme.
The answer to this is equally complicated and really depends on the functionality.
For the most part, if something appears on the wisc.edu site and it is not available in the UW Theme, there are three likely reasons:
- The UW Theme developers have not finished building it yet.
This does not happen often but the UW Theme developers do try to incorporate wisc.edu functionality when it makes sense to do so and it will benefit the masses.
- This functionality is not easily or adequately implemented by the average campus web editor.
Some of the functionality on the wisc.edu site is just so specific that campus editors would require much more advanced web development or design skills in order to properly implement them. The UW Theme is meant to be easily digested by a large portion of campus editors from all different skill levels so adding this type of functionality would mean more support and maintenance than what can feasibly be provided.
- The functionality is meant for a specific purpose that is unique to the kinds of marketing and promotional needs that the wisc.edu site requires.
The wisc.edu site, unlike most campus websites, is both an informational page as well as a marketing tool. Therefore, the kinds of functionality they need on their site differs greatly from what the average campus website needs.
Request new functionality
If you are interested in certain features of the wisc.edu page because you think it will fulfill a specific need that you have for displaying information on your site, we want to hear about it. This will allow us to gauge how many users on campus have the same need and we can deliver something that will be targeted for campus informational sites. As a next step, please review our KnowledgeBase documentation about how to submit a new feature request.