Professional Presence Sites


Need help creating a professional web presence that represents you, represents your research and scholarship, and is easy to maintain?
Please consider the Professional Presence Site Development service (PPSD).

This service will partner you with an ATS professional to develop a website to showcase yourself and your work in much more depth, and with much more flexibility than the official biography page linked in the university catalog or on departmental webpages.

Example Sites currently hosted on the Personal Publishing Platform at Clark:

As you can see these sites are not a replacement for the official bio page or for course websites in Moodle, but a way for a faculty member to paint a colorful and rich story about their work.

How does the development partnership work?

We know that creating and maintaining an attractive and lively website can be both challenging and time consuming. We want to make that as easy as possible, so we have divided the labor—you provide content and we do all the technical work to make it look great on the web.

How does the service work?  How do I get started?

To get started, you simply need to let us know you are interested.  We will set up a time to meet face to face for about an hour.  Our aim in that meeting is to learn more about what kind of site you want and to prepare, we’ll send you a few questions in advance.  They will include things like:

  • what kinds of content you would like to accommodate (text, video, lots of images, etc.),
  • things you like (and don’t like) about other websites,
  • what, if any, unique needs will your site have,
  • etc

From there, you will provide us with content that we will turn into your well-styled, easy-to-maintain site.  We will be happy to do a couple draft versions if needed to make sure you are getting something that you can be proud to call yours.

What if I need more support?

Remember, our goal is to create a site and environment that you can maintain and update as needed.  ATS will support and help you maintain your site for up to 12 months after we’ve completed the design.  In that time, we will help you learn the basics of WordPress site maintenance so you’ll be able to do it yourself.  Beyond 12 months, redesigns, additions or editing can be done with one of the additional services listed below.

Why does PPSD use WordPress?

WordPress can be used for both traditional “static” websites as well as blogs, so should you want your site to be more interactive or to integrate it with social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter, those things are possible, and easy.

In the event that you leave Clark, creating a site in WordPress will also allow for your content to be transportable.  Sites can be backed up, exported and imported to another WordPress platform with ease.

How much does it cost?

Fees can be paid by interdepartmental requisition, personal check or cash.

Level 1 – Flip the Switch

If you just want a personal publishing space and are excited to do all the work yourself, great news!

This service is free!

Level 2 – Site Refresh

If you already have a site, and just want it moved over and updated to look and feel a little more contemporary, this is the services for you. We’ll import your site into our platform, use one of our flexible templates to personalize it for you and you’ll have a new site up in short order.

This service is $150.

Level 3 – Site Development

If you don’t already have a site or have one that needs significant reworking, this might be for you.  It includes customizing a site to your needs with colors, images (you supply but we will crop and edit), pages and links.  This can be done with content from an existing site, or with all new content.

This service is $250.

Level 4 – “The Works”

If your site has unique needs or requires oodles of custom development (most won’t, but we know everyone’s needs are unique) we will accommodate your needs.

This service doesn’t have a set price, but will be quoted for each site. This level of development starts at $350.