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Nic Ford Joining the UMC Web Team

Hello All,

We are happy to announce that Nic Ford has accepted the position of WordPress Developer for University Marketing and Communications. Nic will be starting August 26th and will be located in ITB 2015 if you want to stop by and say hello.

As the WordPress Developer, Nic’s responsibilities include creating new WordPress themes and plugins, assisting in the migration of existing sites onto the WordPress platform, and improving existing features to better support the needs of the web community at WSU.

Nic is an accomplished WordPress developer with a passion for design, development, and education. He has a wealth of experience in higher education, including teaching as an Associate Professor at LCSC in the Web Design & Development department. We are excited to have him as part of our team!

Please join us in welcoming Nic to the UMC team!

Thanks,

Danial Bleile
Web Development Director
University Marketing & Communication

Demo: Web Accessibility Site Evaluation Tool | Open Lab September 6th, 2019

Topic: Web Accessibility Site Evaluation Tool
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at 
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374 
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am

This week we will be demoing a new web accessibility crawler that we are in the process of rolling out to the WordPress network.

As always, if you have any general website support questions or feedback open lab is a great place to bring them!

Also if you have a topic you would like to hear more about or some constructive criticism, please let us know: Open Lab Feedback Survey

 

Creating Goals in Google Analytics|Open Lab July 19th, 2019

Topic: Setting up Goals in Google Analytics. 
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at 
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374 
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am

Having defined and measurable goals is a critical factor in having an effective and well organized website. For this open lab we’ll walk through identifying site goals and how to set them up in Google Analytics to be tracked automatically.

As always, if you have any general website support questions or feedback open lab is a great place to bring them!

Also if you have a topic you would like to hear more about or some constructive criticism, please let us know: Open Lab Feedback Survey

Introducing the Web Advisory Committee

Hello All,

I wanted to take a moment to introduce the somewhat newly formed Web Advisory Committee and also thank the committee members for their service!

One of our goals as we continue to improve the web at WSU is to actively build partnerships with web and communication experts across the university system.  The Web Advisory Committee is an important step in that direction.

The Web Advisory Committee is a multi-discipline group of web & design professionals spanning multiple colleges, units, and campuses. The primary focus of the group is to provide input and feedback on University Marketing and Communications initiatives that will impact the broader web community at WSU.

The committee also assists with internal approvals to help ensure that decisions are equitable and take into account the broader needs of the university wide system.

We appreciate the variety of perspectives and vast experience the committee members bring to the Web at WSU and I’d like to thank them for their commitment to improving WSU’s web presence!

Thanks,

Danial Bleile
Web Development Director

Adding Search Engine XML Sitemaps |Open Lab May 3rd, 2019

Topic: Setting up XML Sitemaps for WordPress sites.
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374
Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am

We recently added Google XML Sitemaps to our WSUWP Plaftorm to enable site administrators to create and manage XML sitemaps. For this weeks open lab we will demo how to activate the plugin and configure it for your site!

As always, if you have any general website support questions or feedback open lab is a great place to bring them!

Gutenberg Editor |Open Lab April 26th, 2019

Topic: Adam Turner will demo his work on integrating the new Gutenberg editor.
Location Change: ITB 2071
Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am

For this weeks open lab Adam Turner will give a brief overview and demonstration of the pioneering work he’s doing integrating the new Gutenberg editor and WSU’s theme.

As always, if you have any general website support questions or feedback open lab is a great place to bring them!

Open Lab for April 19th, 2019

Topic: Using Gravity Forms to automatically create posts from user submitted content.
Location Change: ITB 2071
Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am

For open lab this week we’ll spend some time walking through how to set up Gravity Forms to automatically create posts from user submissions including approval and review workflows.

If you have any general website support questions open lab is a great place to bring them!

Open Lab for April 12th, 2019

Topic: Brainstorming session on SEO for the WSUWP Platform and WSU websites.
Location Change: ITB 2071
Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am

For open lab this Friday we’d like to spend some time discussing search engine optimization needs for WSU websites. Specifically we’d like to hear from you what tools, features, and training you think would be beneficial to improving SEO on your site(s).

If you have any questions about SEO or general website support Open Lab is a great place to bring them!

Open Lab Location Update & Adams Spine Template Available

Open Lab

Topic: Quick intro to Adams Spine Template.
Location Change: ITB 2071
Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Adams Spine Template

The Adams spine template is now available for any website on WSUWP (WordPress Platform). The new template can be previewed or applied from the customizer.

Details about the new template, are located in our Confluence Knowledge Base.

This is a 1.0 release, and we would like to get feedback on any suggestions you might have to make the template better. Please submit feedback to our Jira Service Desk.