How to Improve Your County Site With Portal Subscriptions

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If you are struggling to create a substantial amount of News posts for the main categories (or topic areas) on your county site OR you simply want to add more rich, in-depth content from our network of Extension Specialists you can easily do so by Subscribing your county to one or more of our Extension Portals.

Side Note: What’s a Portal?A “portal” is more or less just a fancy way of saying “website”. Though, our Extension Portals deliver far more information than most websites. You should think of them as specialized ‘information hubs’.

What does Subscribing to a Portal Do?

When you are “subscribed” to a Portal, any News posting created within that Portal will automatically be shared on your site. For example, if you are a cotton producing county and you’ve set up your site to subscribe to the Cotton Portal, when Extension Specialist, Dr. Keith Edmisten posts an article on ‘Yield Stability of Cotton Varieties‘ for the Cotton Portal ( it will also appear on your website under the appropriate category. In fact, if any of our Cotton Specialists were to post to the Cotton Portal, you’d see a copy of that article on your site as soon as it’s posted. By subscribing to these Portals, your users will be receiving fresh, up-to-date content as soon as it arrives – with no extra effort on your part. Setting up a subscription is a one time thing – though you can always unsubscribe later.

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How do I subscribe to a Portal?

  1. Login to WordPress as you normally would.
  2. Select ‘Site Settings’ on the left hand menu
  3. Check the box next each Portal you wish to Subscribe to under ‘Subscriptions
  4. Press the button for ‘Save Subscriptions

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We have a ton of Portals!

As of March 11, 2014 we have launched 30 Portals with specific focus areas in Cooperative Extension (and each is available for Subscription):

  • Advisory Leadership System (
  • Blackberry and Raspberry Information Portal (
  • Blueberries (
  • Cabbage (
  • Community Development (
  • Community Gardens (
  • Cotton (
  • Cut Flowers (
  • Entomology (
  • Extension Gardener (
  • Extension Plant Pathology (
  • Family & Consumer Sciences (
  • Gardening (
  • Growing Small Farms (
  • Home Energy Conservation (
  • NC Choices (
  • N.C. Cooperative Extension Centennial (
  • NC Steps to Health (
  • Peach Growers Information (
  • Peppers (
  • Poinsettias (
  • Poultry 4-H & Youth (
  • Prestage Department of Poultry Science (
  • Soils (
  • Soybeans (
  • Spotted Wing Drosophilia (
  • Strawberry Growers Information (
  • Therapeutic Horticulture (
  • Tobacco Growers Information (
  • Tomatoes (

We are also proud to announce that we have another 35 Portals that we are actively working to get released.

Questions? Email the EIT Helpdesk.

Written By

Photo of Mike Vysocka, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMike VysockaBusiness and Technology Application Specialist (919) 513-3362 mike_vysocka@ncsu.eduExtension Information Technology - NC State University
Updated on Mar 11, 2014
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