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WordPress Help Guide

Appropriate content

MHC provides Commons to host sites in support of the academic work of the College — teaching, learning and research.

MHC reserves the right to remove content that is inappropriate, that is in direct violation of copyright laws and regulations, that reveals personally identifiable content, or that is deemed harmful or objectionable to any member of the MHC community. WordPress at MHC will comply with the College guidelines on copyright and accessibility. Reports of inappropriate content will be directed to either the Office of Communications or LITS Networking, Systems, & Applications Support.

Acceptable Use Policy

WordPress on the Commons at Mount Holyoke College ( is a service provided by the College to current MHC community members in support of academic work. All sites on Commons are expected to adhere to this mission and comply with the College’s copyright guidelines and accessibility guidelines. All users must operate within the acceptable use policy for accounts.

The following activities are prohibited:

  • Commercial use of this service
  • Copyright infringement or violations of copyright law
  • Revelation of personally identifiable information
  • Content that is deemed harmful or objectionable
  • Sites by non-MHC users that do not support the academic work of the College
  • Any other content unrelated to academic work at Mount Holyoke College, including SEO poisoning/backlinking, advertising, and phishing

Reports of inappropriate content should be sent to the Technology Help Desk to be assigned to the WordPress Management team. Sites that do not adhere to this policy are subject to removal without notice.

Accessible Content

  • WordPress site creators are encouraged to review accessibility guidelines developed by Mount Holyoke College.
  • Images: When uploading images to the image gallery, users are encouraged to fill out the alt text fields.
  • WordPress at Mount Holyoke College strives to comply with campus accessibility requirements. All themes provided to users of WordPress at MHC are accessibility-ready, as determined by meeting accessibility requirements. Mount Holyoke College bears no responsibility for content created on individual sites.

Secure Content

WordPress at MHC requires secure content. This means that when embedding content from external sources users will need to use HTTPS for everything. If external services don’t offer media via HTTPS users should create URL links to the content rather than embedding it.

Users that embedded content from HTTP sites during the first year WordPress was available at MHC (2015) may find that some site content does not load correctly. This content should be re-embedded using HTTPS connections, should be removed from the site, or should be linked to via URL.

MHC Accessibility Barriers Form