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New Spine Template Available

Starting later today, any website on WSUWP (WordPress Platform) can select a new template from the customizer, which will be joined by other templates in the future.

Details about the new template, codenamed Rainier, 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.

Important notes:

  • Starting today, all new sites on the WSUWP platform will have the Rainier theme turned on by default.
  • The Spine Bookmark Theme has an end of live (EOL) of March 14th. You’ll see “deprecated” by the Bookmark option in the customizer starting today. After March 14th, if you are using the Bookmark theme you may continue to do so unless you select another theme.

Jan. 11 – web open lab: Working with images in WordPress

We will be covering the following topics:

  • Uploading images to the Media Library.
  • Adding images to posts & pages.
  • Editing Images using the built in image editor (cropping, scaling, etc..).
  • Quick overview of how WordPress uploads, stores, and renders images on the backend.

Please bring any general web questions you might have as well.

Intro to WordPress – December 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, December 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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

If you are not on the Pullman campus

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Dec. 7 – web open lab: Qualtrics

We will be covering the following Qualtrics topics:

  • Quotas
  • Email triggers
  • Custom end of survey responses

Please bring any Qualtrics questions or projects you are working on.

Come join us at 9:30 a.m. on Friday in ITB 2025.


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You can also dial in using your phone.
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Nov. 30 – web open lab: TablePress

We will be covering the following topics:

  • Table creation
  • Import table from CSV
  • Add table to page/post
  • Other general TablePress topics

Bring your tips and tricks along with any TablePress questions. As always, bring any other web questions you might have.

Come join us at 9:30 a.m. on Friday in ITB 2025.

Web Communication Team Update

Good afternoon. I wanted to provide an update on some of the progress being made on the central web communication team. 

First, late last week we posted for a Senior Word Press Developer. This important position will be responsible for full-stack WordPress development at WSU. It closes on December 2. I encourage all of you to share with your networks, as appropriate.

Second, we are kicking off a project later this month that will be of interest to all content managers, designers and developers across WSU. This project will expand the default spine template offerings available on the WSU WordPress platform. This effort will be led by Clint Young, Eric Limburg, Jason Bittle and Danial Bleile.

As always, please remember to visit us at open lab every Friday morning or our service desk portal if you have any questions or want to learn more.

Nov. 9 – web open lab: Qualtrics

UPDATE: Room change to ITB 2071

We will be covering the following some beginner level Qualtrics topics:

  • Login
  • Question type basics
    • Descriptive Text
    • Graphic
    • Multiple Choice
    • Text Entry
  • Add Display Logic
  • Add Skip Logic
  • Look & Feel
  • Survey Options

Feel free to bring any Qualtrics questions to discuss before or after topic discussion.

Come join us at 9:30 a.m. on Friday in ITB 2071.


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

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code: 958-936-893

Oct. 19 – web open lab

We have guest host Lesa McPeak from CAHNRS for open lab this week!

She will be covering the following web accessibility topics:

  • Images & alternative text
  • Headings & content structure
  • Link text and links to documents
  • Text styling & color
  • Search engine optimization
  • Accessibility Testing

Come join us at 9:30 a.m. on Friday in ITB 2025.

New format for open labs

We have seen great success in our open labs each week (minus holidays) for over 4 years. Any student, faculty, or staff in Pullman on a Friday morning has been able to come in and ask questions on all things web to help further their efforts. We want to make open labs even better!

Starting this Friday, open labs will be taking on the following format:

  1. ~30 minutes for quick questions
  2. ~30 minutes on web topics
  3. ~30 minutes for questions on the web topic for that week or other general questions

One of the main reasons we want to modify the format is to help broaden the WSU web community and to open it up to even more people. We will be posting topics in advance, and we encourage you to share with potential interested colleagues across the university.

Here are the next 3 open lab topics:

  • October 12 – Dive into menus in WordPress
  • October 19 – TBD web accessibility topic
  • October 26 – Media library & document revisions in WordPress

In an effort to make open labs even better, we will be soliciting topic suggestions in the near future as well as finding a way to connect with other campuses. No matter what the weekly topic is, please come whenever you have a question and would like some one-on-one support.

Web Communication Team Update

Thanks again for all of your continued support during this time of transition for WSU’s central web team. As we rebuild the web communication unit, Clint Young will serve in an interim capacity as WSU’s web director.

In addition, Danial Blaile from CAHNRS will provide WordPress development support on an interim basis. For the next three months, he will lend his skills and expertise halftime to assist the central team in platform maintenance and addressing critical needs.

I would also like to thank Phil Cable for his contributions to the web team over the past few years. We wish him continued success and all the best in his future endeavors.

As always, if you encounter any issues, have questions, or want to learn something new, please visit us at open lab every Friday morning or visit our service desk portal.