Is WordPress Getting Too Complex?

Maria Erb, M.Ed. is an instructional designer at the University of Portland and she will talk about how they install WordPress, and how to keep life simple by using JetPack as the only plugin.

She will also share her experience with the Genesis frameworkand using custom themes. There is also a minimalist platform called Ghost that will be discussed.


I’m an Instructional Designer with the Academic Technology Services department at the University of Portland. Although I’m a recent transplant to the beautiful NorthWest, I pass the “Portland test” with flying colors — vegan, bikey, greener-than-green…you get the picture.   I hold a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and a B.S. in Technical Writing from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.  I have 15 years of experience in building online programs.  I have been involved with all aspects of online learning including LMS server administration, faculty training and development, teaching online, learning online (my M.Ed. was done mostly online), multimedia creation, web development, and more!