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Web Communication Working with Keywords & SEO |Open Lab June 28th, 2019

Working with Keywords & SEO |Open Lab June 28th, 2019

Topic: Keywords | Search Engine Optimization
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am

SEO Keywords are words and word groups that allow people to find a website through a search engine like Google or Bing. Having an effective keyword strategy can significantly improve your ranking on search engines and increase the traffic to your site. For this open lab we will cover what keywords are, how to use them, and some basic keyword management strategies.

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

Central Web Team: Building a Sustainable Web Environment

By Holly Sitzmann,
Executive Director of Strategic Communications

This past year has proven to be one of significant transition for the central web team. I recognize that the rate of change has been challenging to navigate at times, so thank you for your continued patience throughout this process.

Over the past few months, we have focused on rebuilding our WordPress architecture to ensure it is scalable and sustainable.  With your help, we have already made great strides. Another step toward reaching this goal is identifying a permanent lead for the central web team. Today I am thrilled to announce that Danial Bleile has accepted the position of web development director. Under Danial’s thoughtful leadership, the central web team will remain focused on the rebuild, as well as continue to work toward developing a sustainable, user-focused web environment – regardless of platform — for which WSU can operate and communicate effectively and efficiently.

As the central web team looks ahead, we also want to equip web designers, developers and content owners with the tools they need to feel empowered to manage their own sites. We must ensure that:

  • WSU’s web structure and hierarchy are healthy and strong
  • Our web standards are clearly defined and articulated
  • The web community has the features and functionality needed to make dynamic, robust websites
  • We implement web accessibility tools and standards and adopt best practices that support ADA compliance
  • All have access to self-serve training materials and in-person training opportunities

This is a new way of doing business for our central web team. With the recent launch of additional templates as well as the design system effort now underway, we have transitioned away from offering custom website builds. That model was not sustainable. Instead, we will provide you with the tools you need to manage your own sites. Please know that we will still be available to consult on new sites, share best practices and collaborate on system-wide efforts that will make all of us more effective and creative.

I am confident that with assistance and support from the web community, we have the right people in place to achieve the priorities we’ve outlined:

  • Jeff Hanson will continue to be our lead .net developer as well as serve as back-up for WordPress applications
  • Our web coordinator, Erik Solveson, will create and deliver training, comply with web accessibility standards and provide support for university websites
  • We are in the process of hiring for a new WordPress Developer. The position was posted earlier this week and can be found at WordPress Developer job posting

As always, weekly open lab sessions will continue every Friday morning at 9:30am. Please contact our Jira Service Desk if you have any questions or issues or feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions regarding this new model.

Guide to Alternative Text on Images (Alt text) |Open Lab June 21st, 2019

Topic: Alt text
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am

In this open lab we will talk about what makes good alt text as well when to use it. Also the difference between alt text and captions and how to describe complex images.

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

List of Accessibility tools

As discussed in this morning’s open lab here is the list of accessibility tools:

For general site assessment:

For demonstrating disabilities:

Screen readers:

Documentation and tools:

Accessibility Tools|Open Lab June 14th, 2019

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

In this open lab we will be going over several tools used to better identify accessibility concerns including vision blockers and how to use a screen reader.

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

Intro to Qualtrics|Open Lab June 7th, 2019

Topic: Qualtrics
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am

Qualtrics is a simple to use web-based survey tool to conduct survey research, evaluations and other data collection activities. We’ll go over creating simple forms and how to leverage the different flows available.

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

Intro to WordPress – June 2019 Edition

This will be a general introduction training. Whether you are new to WordPress here at WSU or just need a refresher, everyone is welcome to attend.

If you are on the Pullman campus – WHERE: ITB 2071 – Please come in person.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 18th@ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

If you are not on the Pullman campus :
https://wsu-k20.zoom.us/j/960317343

Meeting ID: 960 317 343

Phone Call (long distance)
+1 669 900 6833
+16699006833,,960317343# US (One Tap Mobile Call)

Nested Gravity Forms |Open Lab May 31st, 2019

Topic: Nested Gravity Forms
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374
Presenter: Sheilah Schneider
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am

Sheilah will be talking about her implementation of nested Gravity Forms. Gravity Forms is a Platform wide plugin used for contact, registrations or any other applications where you need to gather data from your users.

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

Open Graph Plugin |Open Lab May 24th, 2019

Topic: Creating Accessible Tables
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am

Open Graph is plugin which will allow you to customize the summary and image of your posts and pages that you present on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. This can also help with better SEO and the text presented by search engines.

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

Creating Accessible Tables |Open Lab May 17th, 2019

Topic: Creating Accessible Tables
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374
Presenter: Lesa McPeak
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Lesa, will be giving a talk on creating accessible HTML tables. She will be covering simple tabular data as well as more complex configurations.

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