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  1. Anshuman Kumar

    Thanks sarah for this excellent information….Really looking forward to use this awesome plugin.

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  2. Joshua Parker

    This is awesome! Since more and more schools are using WordPress to power their sites, these types of apps are pure gold.

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  3. Nathan P.

    I love his Paid Memberships Pro plugin, so seeing how he’s using it here gives me a few ideas of my own!

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  4. aucklandmeetup

    We build a lot of school website in wordpress. I just set this up using the files provided. A reminder to others this is not ‘a plugin’, but a custom install of wordpress multisite with custom theme and multiple off the shelf and custom plugins. You’ll need a developer on hand to get it right. Will also investigate if learning management addons like sensei, wpcourseware etc can be added into the mix as well.

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    • shit23

      What do you call SchoolPress? The article refers to it being an “an app”, others have said “a platform”, it’s not “a plugin”, is it “a service”.

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      • aucklandmeetup

        It is a custom wordpress multisite install with a custom theme, with buddypress plus several free/custom plugins added. The end result is a system that provides a variety of features specific to schools. You could rightly brand this package an ‘app’, but to traditionalists it’s a custom WordPress website, using elements and coding optimised for a specific market niche. This sort of thing has been successfully done before with WordPress technology in the Realty sector, where there are various ‘pre-packaged’ realty themes with custom plugins included.

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    • Andrew

      Check whether you are referring to “wpschoolpress” plugin that is used to manage offline school academic activities online.

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  5. partha

    Schoolpress…fantastic idea !! nice

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  6. Puneet Sahlaot

    That’s fantastic! I really liked the features of BuddyPress Courseware http://buddypress.coursewa.re/ but that hasn’t seen any development lately.

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    • Sarah Gooding

      Puneet – I was a big fan of BP Courseware, too but it seems to have fallen off the map, not sure what happened there.

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    • aucklandmeetup

      Re BP courseware, yes development seems to have stopped a while back and it’s unclear how well it work s with buddypress v2. Other handy LMS plugins that could replace this as an addon include sensei and learndash, allowing quizzes, courses, units, tracking, certificates etc We’re told both work with multisite/buddypress, providing you have sufficient licenses purchased. Likely some additional development time will be needed though. This isn’t a simple ‘plug n play’ area, but requires considerable planning and testing. But compared with all the current alternatives for schools today, schoolpress is a major step forward in terms of costs, flexibility and ease of use.

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  7. J.Duncan - Paperless Creations

    Wow this is really neat! I have been looking at some plugins from WPMU Dev that do some of the same things.

    We are currently developing a blogging network, and hoping to have some pull for education on it as well. Great Lead, Great Article!

    Thanks!

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  8. Toby

    This sounds very interesting. What differentiates this project from the Commons In A Box (http://commonsinabox.org/) project? I know that this is a Multisite+BP+customization vs. CiaB is a set of customized plug-ins including BP. On the surface they sound very similar.

    I am really more interested in how they compare in feature sets and functionality.

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  9. Gen

    Very nice! Will this work on prexisting multisite that already has a couple dozen non related subsite on it or will I need to create another multisite istance on my server? Thanks

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  10. Andrew

    yeah http://www.wpschoolpress.com a school management system plugin built for wordpress.

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  11. Miraz Mac

    I think this app lacks for new features. While other school management plugin has much feature than it. :D

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