WPWeekly Episode 261 – WordPress for Schools With Cameron Barrett

In this episode, Marcus Couch and I are joined by Cameron Barrett, founder of SchoolPresser, LLC. Barrett explains how he negotiated and helped migrate Newark New Jersey’s public school system from a proprietary CMS to WordPress. He shares the pitfalls he experienced and the amount of money the district is saving since making the switch. Barrett also provides tips and suggestions on how to sell WordPress as a solution to school districts.

We didn’t dive as deep as we wanted to on the topic but if you’d like to learn more, please watch the presentation he did at WordCamp US. In it, he provides more details of the migration, financials, and there’s a great question and answer session at the end.

Stories Discussed:

WordPress 4.7.2 Security Release

Plugins Picked By Marcus:

Birthday Mail BP is an automated function for BuddyPress that sends birthday emails to members on their birthday. It’s a great way to express birthday wishes or to present a coupon or discount code to members.

WC Document Preview adds a document preview feature to WooCommerce similar to how Amazon allows you to preview books. This is handy for ebooks and digital products that lend themselves to previews.

TM Style Switcher allows you to save a theme’s settings as skins, switch between them, and move skins from one WordPress site to another.

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  1. Re Barrett presentation at Wordcamp – nicely done, instructive and clear.


  2. Really nice presentation.. Like it alot and keep the good work up. :)


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