Specifications

Technical

WordPress 4.7.5
jQuery 1.12.4 We will always use the version of jQuery that is bundled with WordPress.
Bootstrap 2.3.2/3.3.4
Modernizr 2.8.2 Custom build, adds "uc-" in front of each class. Necessary for UConn Banner's SVGs.
Storage Limit* 1GB
Upload Filesize Limit 100MB
Allowed File Types for Upload 3g2 3gp avi doc docx dotx gif jpg jpeg m4a mid midi mov mp3 mp4 mpg odt ogg ogv pdf png ppt pptx xls xlsx wav wmv zip vsd dmg msi csv rpm deb der rar jar dwg ctb kmz tex 123dx stl
*Those with extensive audio, video, or photo hosting requirements are encouraged to use services like Soundcloud, YouTube, or Flickr, and then use the tools provided there to integrate your media with your Aurora website.

Tips for Saving Space

Edit Images Before Uploading

If you edit images in WordPress, it appears as if you’ve done the correct thing of resizing and cropping the image down. However, the WordPress image editor is non-destructive, which means it keeps the original in the Media Library, and then creates a duplicate for the new edited version. Instead, try one of the following software to reduce the image size:

  • TinyPNG (image compression)
  • GIMP (resize and edit the image)
  • Fotor (resize and edit the image)
  • Photoshop (Go to Image > Image Size, and choose a resolution of 72px, and if your width is larger than 1200px, you’ll want to reduce that as well. Then, use the File > Save for Web… option to compress the image into a JPG. This process can compress a print quality image by as much as 99%.)

Export Screen Versions of PDFs

Adobe Acrobat Pro, which is free to all UConn students, faculty, and staff starting in fall 2015 with Skybox, allows you compress the size of a PDF.

Go to File > Save as Other… > Reduced Size PDF.

Export Screen Versions of Office Documents

Programs like Word and PowerPoint have options for saving smaller versions of the original document.

ZIP Files

If you have a large number of files that people will commonly want to access together, you can bundle and compress them into a single ZIP file for additional storage saving.

Off-Site Storage

For sites with truly massive storage needs, it may be necessary to keep files on another web server and link to them. When inserting an image or linking to a document, rather then browsing the Media Library, you would just enter the URL of the file on the other server. If you require this setup, contact webdev@uconn.edu about obtaining an account.