Professional Web Presence (PWP)

Professional Web Presence (PWP)
esembrat3 Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:04

At Georgia Tech, WordPress is officially supported through the Professional Web Presence (PWP). Such use-cases include faculty, research group, research lab, organizational, and personal websites. These websites would act as brochure-ware websites.

Besides the PWP specific resources listed below, we also have a section of general WordPress resources in this knowledge base.

Professional Web Presence Sub-Topics

Creating a New Website on PWP

Creating a New Website on PWP esembrat3 Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:04

To request a Professional Web Presence website, follow the directions below.


  1. Navigate to
  2. From the main menu, select 'Website Request'.
  3. Click the 'Website Request' button.
  4. Log in to the website if you are not yet logged in using your GT Account and password.
  5. Enter a website title, folder name for the site to live under, and visibility.
  6. Click 'Create Website'.
  7. Log in to your new website.


Anyone from GTRI is required to get a waiver for creating a public-facing website. Please contact your CSR to initiate this process.

Custom Domains in PWP

Custom Domains in PWP esembrat3 Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:08

By default, your Professional Web Presence (PWP) website will be accessible through a URL like so:

However, any PWP website on can be set up with a custom domain name.  Please read our guide to custom domain names for a full explanation of the options available to you.


Custom domain names are not required for PWP websites, and you can add a custom domain later on after you have built out your website.

For an outside (non-Georgia Tech) domain name, some extra steps must be followed when setting up your domain name with an outside service.

Obtaining a Custom Domain Name

Please see the Domain Name Guide for terminology definitions.

Custom Georgia Tech Sub-Domain Name

We highly recommend that you use a custom sub-domain name within the department that is most closely associated with your website and/or your employment at Georgia Tech.  It is usually quicker and easier to obtain this kind of domain name, which looks like, where "subunit" is most any name except "www" (which is reserved as an alias for the unit's top-level domain).

To obtain a custom sub-domain, submit the following message to your local IT support through their standard support channel, replacing "subunit.something" with the actual name that you want:


I would like to request the subdomain be created as a CNAME for  Please let me know when this subdomain has been added to campus DNS.

Thank you,

Your Name Here

Custom Georgia Tech Top-Level Domain Name

If your website is for a major unit of Georgia Tech or a very high level project or activity/event, then you can request a custom top-level domain name.  However, be aware that it will take longer to obtain the necessary approvals, so you should consider using a sub-domain name (see the previous section) if one could work well enough for your website.

To obtain a custom top-level domain, you must submit the following message directly to, replacing "something" with the actual name that you want:

Subject:  Request for New DNS CNAME


I would like to request the custom domain name be created as a CNAME for  The purpose of this domain name is for a new website to represent [insert here a description of your major unit or high level project, activity, or event].

Thank you,

Your Name Here

After receiving notice from OIT that your domain name has been added to the campus DNS system, follow the steps in the next section (Setting up the Custom Domain Name in WordPress).

Setting up the Custom Domain Name in WordPress (PWP)

Warning! Do not complete these steps until you have received confirmation that your new domain name (or sub-domain name) has been added to the campus DNS system.  If you complete these steps before your domain name is added to the campus DNS, you will lock yourself and everyone else out of your website.  If this should happen, contact the PWP administrators ( ) for assistance.

  1. Log into the administrative interface for your PWP website (
  2. From the My Sites drop-down menu item on the top menubar/toolbar, select your website.
  3. From the left-hand administration menu, select Tools -> Domain Mapping
  4. Enter the new domain name in the text box, select the Primary domain for this blog checkbox, and select Save.

Alternatively, you can email the PWP administrators ( ) and ask them to add your new custom domain name to your site.  Be sure to specify both the custom domain name you had created, and the current URL for your PWP website.

Technical Details

A few considerations for using a custom domain:

  • The DNS record should (preferably) be a CNAME for

Domain Configuration Resources

Courtesy of the Domain Mapping plugin that is utilized by PWP for supporting custom domain names:

Your users should go to Tools->Domain Mapping where they can add or delete domains. One domain must be set as the primary domain for the blog. When mapping a domain, (like '') your users must create an A record in their DNS pointing at that IP address. They should use multiple A records if your server uses more than one IP address. If your user is mapping a hostname of a domain (sometimes called a "subdomain") like or it's sufficient to create a CNAME record pointing at the blog server hostname (NOT IP address).

Off-Campus Domains

Off-Campus Domains esembrat3 Tue, 11/15/2016 - 09:11

For any off-campus domain (e.g. a domain that does not end in, a few more steps are required for configuring the domain beyond setting the custom domain for a site in PWP.


Proper setup of the off-campus domain (and its www.{customdomain} alternative) require the following:

  • Use a host record with the "same as domain" setting and without a reverse (PTR) record. For the record data, use the actual IP address for PWP (
  • Create a CNAME for 'www' that maps to the host record you just created.

PWP Custom Non-Georgia Tech Domains

PWP Custom Non-Georgia Tech Domains
esembrat3 Thu, 10/05/2017 - 09:37

Please note that the instructions on this page only apply to PWP siteowners who are using a custom domain such as {domain}.com. 

This does not apply to any custom domain containing

Custom Non-Georgia Tech Domains

In order to use your non-Georgia Tech custom domain, you must authorize your new domain with OIT to use the Georgia Tech login service.

Without completing this, a custom non-Georgia Tech domain will not be able to authenticate through Georgia Tech login, and you will be locked out of your PWP website.

Authentication Process

To authorize your custom non-Georgia Tech domain to work on PWP, follow the steps below:

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to the Identity Management Access Request Form with OIT.
  2. For 'Requestor Information', please complete all fields with your personal information.

  3. For 'Form Type', please mark "Guided Form".

  4. For 'Background Information', leave this section blank.

  5. For 'Application Information', provide the following:

    1. "What is the name of your application?" - Put website URL here

    2. Fill in the other fields as best as you can -- explain how the website at the address is connected to official Georgia Tech business and why it needs to be at a address

  6. For 'Authentication Information', select "CAS (".

  7. For 'Data Request', leave this section blank.

  8. For 'Account Setup Process', leave this section blank.

  9. Submit the form. You'll receive a response from OIT when the process is complete.

Once OIT approves the form submission, your custom non-Georgia Tech domain will be available for usage on PWP.

How To Build Sites in PWP

How To Build Sites in PWP esembrat3 Fri, 10/02/2015 - 09:52

This section serves to document the 'how to' to build certain aspects of websites seen on other Professional Web Presence (PWP) websites.

PWP Available Themes

PWP Available Themes esembrat3 Thu, 05/21/2015 - 08:47

This page details all available themes for WordPress through the Professional Web Presence (PWP) service.  Additional information on configuring and managing a theme can be found in the general WordPress section of this Knowledge Base.


All themes may not be listed below. Please add the theme in if it does not appear.

PWP Theme List

GT Boilerplate (Genesis)

GT Boilerplate (Genesis) esembrat3 Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:17

wp-gt-boilerplate is the de facto standard for Georgia Tech-styled WordPress themes.

Based on the 2014 redesign by mStoner, wp-gt-boilerplate brings a responsive Georgia Tech-friendly design to WordPress websites. 

Technical Details

GT Boilerplate is based on Studiopress' Genesis theme framework. The theme is based on the Quattro subtheme.

Download @ GitHub

wp-gt-boilerplate can be found on Github @ GT.


The PWP main website is currently using the GT Boilerplate theme.

Theme Options

Custom Plugins & Themes

Custom Plugins & Themes esembrat3 Wed, 11/04/2015 - 08:08

To maintain security updates and maintenance across PWP, site-specific plugins and themes are not allowed.

Request a Theme or Plugin

To request a theme or plugin for all PWP sites, please use the request form.

Default Georgia Tech Logos in GT Boilerplate

Default Georgia Tech Logos in GT Boilerplate esembrat3 Fri, 09/25/2015 - 07:38

In the Professional Web Presence (PWP) GT Boilerplate Theme, the default Georgia Tech logo used can be changed from the Customize section of your theme settings.

Changing the Displayed Logo

To change the displayed logo, follow the directions below:

  1. Log in to your PWP site.
  2. On the left-hand admin menu, select 'Appearance -> Customize'.
  3. On the Customizer page, select 'GT Theme Settings'.
  4. Use the dropdown for 'Which Georgia Tech logo should be used for default?' to select your logo and click 'Save'.

Supported Logos

The following logos are supported currently:

  • Georgia Tech (general)
  • College of Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Architecture
  • College of Computing
  • Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
  • Scheller College of Business

Custom Logos

Custom logos can be added as normal to override these, but please note the IC-provided disclaimer on the 'Header Image' setting:

The Branding Strip should include an approved Georgia Tech logo that meets the Branding and Visual Identity Guidelines at

Information regarding licensing and proper use of the Institute’s trademarks is available at

Full-Width Header & Footer

Full-Width Header & Footer esembrat3 Fri, 09/25/2015 - 07:43

Changing the default layout (to full-width) can be customized from the Customize section of your theme settings.

Changing to Full-Width

To add social media links, follow the directions below:

  1. Log in to your PWP site.
  2. On the left-hand admin menu, select 'Appearance -> Customize'.
  3. On the Customizer page, select 'GT Theme Settings'.
  4. Use the dropdown for 'Full-width headers and footers?' to enable or disable this feature and click 'Save'.

Minimal Georgia Tech Footer

Minimal Georgia Tech Footer esembrat3 Fri, 09/25/2015 - 07:44

Changing the footer to show a minimal feature-set can be customized from the Customize section of your theme settings.


Please note that the minimal footer is not customizable

Enabling/Disabling Minimal Georgia Tech Footer

To add social media links, follow the directions below:

  1. Log in to your PWP site.
  2. On the left-hand admin menu, select 'Appearance -> Customize'.
  3. On the Customizer page, select 'GT Theme Settings'.
  4. Use the dropdown for 'Use minimal GT footer?' to enable or disable this feature and click 'Save'.

Social Media Buttons

Social Media Buttons esembrat3 Fri, 09/25/2015 - 07:35

Social media buttons can be added from the Customize section of your theme settings.

Adding Social Media

To add social media links, follow the directions below:

  1. Log in to your PWP site.
  2. On the left-hand admin menu, select 'Appearance -> Customize'.
  3. On the Customizer page, select 'Social Media Icons'.
  4. For the social media service you want to add a link to, provide a URL to your social media page on the specific field and click 'Save'.

Services Offered

Currently, the following social media outlets are supported:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • Vine
  • Flickr
  • RSS
  • Github

GT Boilerplate Bold

GT Boilerplate Bold esembrat3 Thu, 02/04/2016 - 12:58

GT Boilerplate Bold is the Professional Web Presence (PWP) equivalent of It is a radical way to change the look of your website, add some variation, and present your web content to a general campus audience.

We’ve adapted styling and consistency from Georgia Tech’s Institute Communications design, while branching off a few features specifically for PWP-specific functionality.


Georgia Tech Institute Communications has provided documentation about whether your website is available to use this theme variation. Please consult GTIC’s client managers for more information.

Please note that PWP administrators cannot deter you from using this theme. We will forward you to GTIC for any queries on whether your website meets the requirements to use this theme variation.

Enable GT Boilerplate Bold

To enable GT Boilerplate Bold, follow the directions below:

  1. Log into PWP and access the Dashboard for your website.
  2. On the administrative dashboard, select 'Appearance -> Customize' from the left-hand menu.
  3. From the Customizer menu, select 'Georgia Tech Theme'.
  4. From the list of Georgia Tech theme customizations, locate the 'GT Boilerplate Bold' setting. Enable or disable this setting to view how your website would look.

PWP Website Redirects

PWP Website Redirects esembrat3 Wed, 05/10/2017 - 14:41

To set up a website redirect from your PWP website, please follow the instructions below.

Redirect Process

This process has been lifted from this Stackoverflow article.

  1. Enable the redirection module.
  2. On the redirection preferences, select the site configuration as so:

Source: /(.*) Target:$1

PWP: Georgia Tech Only Access

PWP: Georgia Tech Only Access esembrat3 Thu, 10/15/2015 - 10:57

To make your website accessible only to users with a Georgia Tech GT Account Username, follow the directions below:

  • Navigate to 'Settings -> GT CAS Auth' on the Dashboard.
  • Set 'Privacy Setting -> Private' and 'Automatically Create Accounts -> Yes'.
  • Save your settings.

Please be aware that many people have GT Account Usernames - not just current faculty, staff, and students.  Others with GT Account Usernames include alumni, emeritus faculty, student applicants, visiting students and scholars, and outside contractors.  If you really want your content to be visible only to current faculty, staff, and students, you will need to use a system other than PWP for your website.

Removing a PWP Website

Removing a PWP Website esembrat3 Mon, 04/27/2015 - 11:52

To remove a website from Professional Web Presence (PWP), follow the directions below.

Website Deletion

  1. Log in to your PWP website.
  2. From the admin dashboard, locate "Tools -> Delete Site" from the administrative sidebar.
  3. Follow the directions on the "Delete Site" page to initiate a site deletion.


Please note that a PWP website will not be deleted until you click the link in the "Delete My Site" email. This email is sent only to the site owner, who is the user who created the website.


For any questions or comments about this process, please contact the PWP administration.