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Web Communication Intro to WordPress – January 2018 Edition

Intro to WordPress – January 2018 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.

WHEN: Thursday, January 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

If you are on the Pullman campus – WHERE: ITB 2025 Please come in person.


If you are not on the Pullman campus

Please join this meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (872) 240-3212 

Access Code: 245-191-165

Web accessibility update

Washington State University websites must be accessible to everyone who attends, works at, and enjoys the University.

New policy and procedures govern web accessibility

WSU recently updated its web accessibility policy, Executive Policy #7 (EP7), and added web accessibility procedures. The new policy and procedures strengthen the University’s ability to make its websites accessible to a diverse community. They set standards for WSU electronic and information technology (EIT) that are consistent with state and federal accessibility guidelines, regulations, and laws.

WSU employees must uphold accessibility standards

It is your responsibility to ensure that content that you create or update for WSU is accessible and complies with the revised policy and guidelines.

Required training

Starting in January 2018, WSU will offer web accessibility training online. Registration information will be announced after the first of the year.

Training is mandatory

If you are a web developer, content publisher, editor, domain owner, or have any other role in updating WSU web content, the University requires you to participate in training annually. You must complete training before publishing WSU web content.

Please share this information

If you are not directly involved in your department’s web content development, please forward this message to the appropriate staff.

Support services

The WSU Web Communications staff offers services to help you make your websites accessible. In addition to online training, you can take advantage of monthly workshops, online resources, and in-person support.

Monthly workshops

Strong working knowledge of accessibility issues and requirements is essential for web communicators. These free monthly workshops keep your knowledge up to date.

JANUARY 2018 WORKSHOP

Writing for the web and making content accessible

Thursday, Jan. 4,
3:00–4:00 p.m.

Spark Academic Innovation Hub 212 (Pullman)

Live-streamed online (all campuses) This workshop introduces best practices for writing accessible web content. Whether you are a full-time web writer or you occasionally update content on your department’s website, you will learn how to create content that is accessible, organized, and succinct.

Register now

WSU web accessibility website

Bookmark this site! The web accessibility site provides resources for content creators, as well as scheduling and registration information for training sessions and workshops.

Web open lab

Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
ITB 2025, Pullman campus

Drop in to exchange ideas and get answers to your questions. Web Communications staff lead these weekly sessions. All are welcome to attend.

Online communication platform

Connect with more than 150 members of the WSU web community on the Slack communication channel. Join conversations, ask questions, and share solutions to accessibility challenges.

Workshop: Writing for the Web and Making it Accessible

Thursday, Jan. 4, 3 – 4 p.m.

Spark Academic Innovation Hub 212 (Pullman) and live-streamed (All Campuses)

Writing for the Web and Making it Accessible

This workshop provides an introduction to the best practices for writing accessible web content. Whether you are an experienced web writer, or you update content on your department’s website only once a semester, learn what you need to know to ensure that your unit’s websites are accessible, organized, and succinct. In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to create descriptive links
  • How to create a clear heading structure
  • Appropriate line length for the web
  • How to write concise and logical text
  • How to convey meaning without using color alone
  • Additional web writing and content organizing tips

Please register for the workshop

Access the live-stream on January 4th

Intro to WordPress – November 2017 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.

WHEN: Thursday, November 30 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

If you are on the Pullman campus –
WHERE: ITB 2025
Please come in person.


If you are not on Pullman campus

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/473145221

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 473-145-221

Intro to WordPress – October 2017 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.

WHEN: Thursday, October 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

If you are on the Pullman campus –
WHERE: ITB 2025
Please come in person.


If you are not on Pullman campus

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/610575173

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3412

Access Code: 610-575-173

A new taxonomy interface

In an effort to provide a better experience when managing taxonomy terms for posts, we have consolidated the multiple taxonomy meta boxes into one easy-to-use interface.

Rather a complete departure from the default experience, the new interface leverages the Select2 library to simplify and enhance it. Each taxonomy is represented by a single input. Clicking or focusing on a given input will provide the complete list of terms for that taxonomy. The terms can also be searched by simply typing in keywords. Both of these features are exemplified below:

An animated screenshot showing an example of the search support.
Too many terms to scroll through? Just start typing to search!

The process for adding new terms to a taxonomy is largely the same as it was previously. For hierarchical taxonomies like Site Categories, click the “+ Add New Category” text and use the small form that pops up to add the new term. For non-hierarchical taxonomies – like Tags – simply type in the new term followed by a comma. While it may seem strange that the process is different depending on the taxonomy type, there are technical reasons for the differences (one being that Categories and other hierarchical taxonomy terms can theoretically contain commas). Aside from those reasons, keeping the two different processes seemed to make more sense than introducing something new and unfamiliar.

A screenshot showing how to add new terms.
Adding new categories or tags will be familiar to those who are used to the old interface.

For the developers out there interested in including their custom taxonomies in this interface, or using it on custom post types, the
wsuwp_taxonomy_metabox_taxonomies
and
wsuwp_taxonomy_metabox_post_types
filters, respectively, are provided for doing just that. The use of these filters will be documented soon!

Intro to WordPress – September 2017 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.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 6 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

If you are on the Pullman campus –
WHERE: ITB 2025
Please come in person.


If you are not on Pullman campus

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/734768389

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (786) 535-3211

Access Code: 734-768-389

Intro to WordPress – July 2017 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.

WHEN: Monday, July 31 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

If you are on the Pullman campus –
WHERE: ITB 2025
Please come in person.


If you are not on Pullman campus

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/237552821

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3112

Access Code: 237-552-821

Intro to WordPress – May 2017 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.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 31 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

If you are on the Pullman campus –
please come in person

WHERE: ITB 2025


If you are not on Pullman campus

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/761831917

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (669) 224-3412

Access Code: 761-831-917

Intro to WordPress – April 2017 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.

WHEN: Thursday, April 20 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

If you are on the Pullman campus –
please come in person

WHERE: ITB 2025


If you are not on Pullman campus

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/409276749

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code: 409-276-749