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Web Communication No Open Lab Tomorrow | December 13th 2019

Intro to Site Building | Open Lab December 6th, 2019

Topic: Initial setup of your brand new WordPress site
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am

Are you just starting on your new WordPress site? Not sure how to organize your content while meeting all the requirements of an accessible site? Then this is for you!

This is also a great opportunity for you to bring any general website questions or feedback.

We’d also love to hear from you if you have any ideas, constructive feedback, etc. on how we can improve Open Lab time and make it a valuable part of your week! Just fill out our Open Lab Feedback Survey on our website. Thanks!

Accessible Menus | Open Lab November 21st, 2019

Topic: Accessible Menus | Creating menus that follow WAI-ARIA best practices.
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am

Ever think: Hey, I wonder if i’m able to navigation through my menu’s with the keyboard? Well turns out, it’s not just a fun thing to do in your free time, it’s actually required by law! We’ll cover how to setup your markup to allow users to better interact with your interfaces through WAI-ARIA.

This is also a great opportunity for you to bring any general website questions or feedback.

We’d also love to hear from you if you have any ideas, constructive feedback, etc. on how we can improve Open Lab time and make it a valuable part of your week! Just fill out our Open Lab Feedback Survey on our website. Thanks!

Formtool | Open Lab November 15th, 2019

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

If you have a form that is setup to take credit cards then likely you’re already using Formtool. In this open lab we’ll be going over the basic components and usage as well some ‘advanced features’ and common problems.

This is also a great opportunity for you to bring any general website questions or feedback.

We’d also love to hear from you if you have any ideas, constructive feedback, etc. on how we can improve Open Lab time and make it a valuable part of your week! Just fill out our Open Lab Feedback Survey on our website. Thanks!

How to create an effective homepage

A site’s homepage or primary landing page is one of the most important pages on the site.


It’s Important

Trello Homepage

Example Site: trello.com

Why?

  • Improves your search engine ranking,
  • Makes your site feel more inviting/engaging,
  • Can improve accessibility,
  • Builds or reinforces your brand,
  • Leads to more conversions,
  • Makes your site easier to use.

Your Homepage Should…

Tell the visitors who you are and what you do.


Getting There…

Define goal(s) for your homepage.

  • The goal of our homepage is to recruit students. https://online.wsu.edu/
  • The goal of our homepage is to show how awesome we are. https://vcea.wsu.edu/
  • The goal of our homepage is to connect visitors with the right resources.

Understand your audience(s)

  • What will connect with your audience?

Have a clear and consisent message

  • How do you want your brand to be precived?
  • Do your images and text communicate the same message?

Have appropriate calls to action (CTAs)

  • Apply or request info.
  • Read our stories.
  • Meet our team.
  • etc…

In Summary

  • Communicate who you are.
  • Have (limited) goals and stick to them.
  • Talk to your audience(s).
  • Be consice. Don’t use large blocks of text.
  • Have a message and tone. Don’t put the full text of your mission, vison, and values on the homepage.
  • Use whitespace. Don’t try and put everything “above the fold”.
  • Be consistent. Text, Images, color, layout, etc… should all reinforce your message.
  • Have appropriate calls to action (CTAs).

How to Design and Build an Effective Homepage | Open Lab November 8th, 2019

Topic: How to Design and Build an Effective Homepage
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am

A site’s homepage or primary landing page is one of the most important pages on the site. Having an effective homepage can improve your search engine ranking and make your site easier to use. This open lab we will focus on best practices for homepage content, layout, and design.

This is also a great opportunity for you to bring any general website questions or feedback.

We’d also love to hear from you if you have any ideas, constructive feedback, etc. on how we can improve Open Lab time and make it a valuable part of your week! Just fill out our Open Lab Feedback Survey on our website. Thanks!

Gravity Forms | Open Lab November 1st, 2019

Topic: CSS solutions to a few common WSU problems
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am

There are lots of cool things you can do with Gravity forms from making nested forms for registration of multiple guests to limiting time slots for auditions. Come see what you can do with Gravity Forms in 20 minutes or less!

This is also a great opportunity for you to bring any general website questions or feedback.

We’d also love to hear from you if you have any ideas, constructive feedback, etc. on how we can improve Open Lab time and make it a valuable part of your week! Just fill out our Open Lab Feedback Survey on our website. Thanks!

CSS Hacks | Open Lab October 25th, 2019

Topic: CSS solutions to a few common WSU problems
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am

Have you wanted a post with more than one column? An image that spans your lab site’s page? Answers to those and more tomorrow morning with Nic!

This is also a great opportunity for you to bring any general website questions or feedback.

We’d also love to hear from you if you have any ideas, constructive feedback, etc. on how we can improve Open Lab time and make it a valuable part of your week! Just fill out our Open Lab Feedback Survey on our website. Thanks!

WSU Events | Open Lab October 18th, 2019

Topic: Gathering feedback and ideas about the future of WSU Events
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am

Danial will be leading a discussion about the future of events that will take the place of The Events Calendar as well as WSU Events. This is one you don’t wanna miss!

This is also a great opportunity for you to bring any general website questions or feedback.

Fun web resource of the week: CSS Specificity resource, illustrated with characters from “The Shining”

We’d also love to hear from you if you have any ideas, constructive feedback, etc. on how we can improve Open Lab time and make it a valuable part of your week! Just fill out our Open Lab Feedback Survey on our website. Thanks!

Qualtrics Introduction Part 2 | Open Lab October 11th, 2019

Topic: Creating new pages and making them look “good”
Location: ITB 2071 & Online at
https://wsu.zoom.us/j/459592374
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am

Popular demand is bringing Qualtrics back to open lab! This will be an overview of how to create survey, manage the look and feel and create blocks of content. So bring all your qualtrics related questions.

This is also a great opportunity for you to bring any general website questions or feedback.

We’d also love to hear from you if you have any ideas, constructive feedback, etc. on how we can improve Open Lab time and make it a valuable part of your week! Just fill out our Open Lab Feedback Survey on our website. Thanks!