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Web Communication Intro to WordPress at WSU

Intro to WordPress at WSU

When: Jan. 6th @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: ITB 2025

This will be a general introduction training. Anyone who is new to WordPress here at WSU is welcome to attend.

Open Lab Schedule – December 2016

With the pending slowdown of the holiday season, we’re going to pause open labs for a few weeks. Here’s the plan:

  • December 11, 2016 – Open Labs in ITB 2025 as scheduled from 9:30am-11:30am
  • December 18, 2016 – A more informal Open Labs in ITB 2006 from 9:30am-11:30am
  • December 25, 2016 – No Open Labs
  • January 1, 2016 – No Open Labs
  • January 8, 2016 – Back to normal with Open Labs in ITB 2025 from 9:30am-11:30am

If we don’t see you before the end of the year, have a happy holiday!

University Taxonomy List and Application Tracking Codes

(Summary: WebCommunications posts universitywide taxonomy list and enhanced instructions on updating the Google Analytics code/settings for websites)

A universitywide list of “taxonomy terms” was developed and vetted last spring, so that everyone could utilize a uniform set of terms to identify campuses, colleges, offices, departments, units, etc.,

Why? Using a uniform taxonomy improves online searches, analytics, and the categorization and sharing of files, stories, photos, and other content, which benefits everyone.

To that end, Web coordinators and IT professionals were asked this past week to make sure the analytics settings on their websites identified their campus, college, parent unit, unit, and subunit correctly. (Many are set at “none,” which makes analytics data less accurate.)

In response, several web coordinators and IT reps have wisely asked for access to the university’s taxonomy list, to ensure they are using the correct terms in their Google Analytics settings. » More …

Website Analytics Code – WSU Sites Need Updating; Instructions Attached

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First, thanks to all of you who have been working with us to update and structure Google Analytics on websites universitywide. It appears we’re about 80+% of the way done. Ultimately, it will provide you with better “wsu-name-based global tracking,” and ensure best practices.

Here’s the reason for the email. We’re finding that a sizable percentage of participating sites have not set up the Google Analytics code on their sites that defines their location, campus, college, department, unit, etc.

Could you please take a few minutes to help correct this situation. It’s a fairly brief, straightforward process, and below are instructions and the code needed to accomplish this.

Everyone’s participation paves the way to much better web analytics for all. See following PDF for instructions. Global Analytics Update Request 11-24-15

Thanks in advance for your prompt help!

WSU Spine 1.3.0 Released

The latest version of the WSU Spine framework has been released as 1.3.0.

As always, if you are using a manual build of the WSU Spine, we recommend updating as soon as possible.

To automatically receive the benefits of bug fixes like this, we recommend using the latest version of the Spine from the centrally hosted repo.wsu.edu server. A full explanation of the hosted repository is in the project’s readme file.

https://repo.wsu.edu/spine/1/spine.min.js

https://repo.wsu.edu/spine/1/spine.min.css

Please visit the WSU Spine release page for a list of all changes made in this release. Thanks!

Releases: WSUWP Platform 1.3.5, WordPress 4.2.3

WordPress 4.2.3 was released today and the WSUWP Platform was immediately updated to match. There are no large changes, though several bug fixes and two security fixes were included. WordPress 4.3 is scheduled for August.

What follows here is the full release information for WSUWP Platform 1.3.5, from our open source project on GitHub.

This is the fourteenth production release of our open source WSUWP Platform project. The official tag of this release is 1.3.5.

A full comparison of changes is available is available. Here are the notes from the release:

Enhancements

  • WordPress 4.2.3
  • Support *.wsu.edu addresses locally in addition to *.wsu.dev. This should be transitioned out to WSU Web Provisioner in a future release.
  • Add basic munin support locally. This is not fully developed.

Bugs

  • Process user capabilities properly when moving a site between networks.

WSUWP Platform WordPress Plugin Updates – July 22, 2015

Howdy! We keep regular tabs on the plugins we include as part of the WSUWP Platform and frequently update as they are released. We haven’t yet talked about this as we do it, but today’s a great day to start.

Here’s what changed on the platform today:

  • Updated Akismet to 3.1.3. This was a small change that doesn’t affect our use of Akismet.
  • Updated WordPress SEO to 2.3.1. A full write-up on the changes in 2.3 is a good place to start in exploring and understanding changes.
  • Updated The Events Calendar to 3.11. A full write-up on these changes is also a good place to start in exploring changes. We’ve also updated Events Calendar Pro and Community Events to their matching 3.11 versions.
  • Updated Gravity Forms to 1.9.12.1. A full write-up on these changes is available as well.
  • Our own WSU University Taxonomy has been updated to 0.3.0. A post on this will be up in the near future once we’re more comfortable with how things are going. Feel free to dig around for the changes though. 😃

If you have any questions about any of these plugins, please reach out. As always, we have open labs in ITB 2025 every Friday morning from 9:30am-11:30am. Everyone is welcome to stop by!

25-point website usability checklist

Want to know what visitors to your website are experiencing? It’s helpful to evaluate user experiences with usability studies or heuristic evaluations, but both require at least some investment of time and/or money. If you want quick insights on the cheap, consider using this simple 25-point-usability-checklist.

The checklist is a do-it-yourself solution for site evaluation. It lets you compare your site’s interface to industry-standard “rules of thumb” for usability. By seeing how your site stacks up against accepted principles, you will come away with a better understanding of its usability strengths and weaknesses. » More …

Spine Parent Theme 0.22.0 Released

Version 0.22.0 of the Spine Parent Theme has been released and deployed to the WSUWP Platform. This is actually the 9th release since the last announcement of 0.20.1. We’re still working on our workflow for release posts and many of the changes are back-end or very minor. All are included here.

  • Provide a filter (spine_get_campus_home_url) to override the campus home URL in child themes. (0.20.2)
  • Refactor handling of Open Sans fonts so that only one request to Google for font files is made vs the previous configuration where multiple requests may have been possible. (0.20.3)
  • When using the Bookmark theme, do not show the gray WSU background on the home page. (0.20.3)
  • The class section-wrapper is now attached to any section wrapper by default in addition to the wrapper class specified in section configuration. This will help target all wrapped sections in a page. (0.20.4)
  • Add filters and actions so that child themes can alter how sections are built. (0.21.0)
  • Add support for custom section IDs in each section’s configuration. (0.21.0)
  • Link article thumbnails to their respective article. Previously there was no link. (0.21.1)
  • On some imported content, featured images may not be available. In these cases, we should not output the HTML markup for handling these images unless an actual source exists. (0.21.2, 0.21.3, 0.21.4)

New Features in 0.22.0

Columns in the page builder have always had their titles output as H2 elements. In 0.22.0, these titles can be configured through the column’s configuration to display as H2, H3, or H4 header levels. Column titles will continue to default to H2.

In the notes for 0.20.1, we announced that background images could be assigned to sections with the caveat that JavaScript would be required for them to actually work. As of 0.22.0, this JavaScript runs in the theme by default. If you provide a full image URL for “Background Image” when configuring a section, this will be converted to an inline CSS background image property after page load. In the future we’ll provide support for mobile detection and image handling as well. For now, the same image will appear on both.