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Support for Web publishing at Santa Clara University is provided by the Office of Marketing and Communications, Information Services, the Webmaster and Web Applications Developer in the Media Services department, and system and network administrators in the Information Technology department.

 
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Web Publishing News

QR Code Generator

We've added a QR code utility to the Mobile Project site - this can be used to create a QR code image for a mobile site URL.  It can actually be used to create an image for any URL hosted on scu.edu, but it's most useful as an easy way for mobile device users to be directed to a specific Web site address.

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Web server migration completed

The three www servers have been migrated to the virtual environment - on Tuesday, 3/1 the remaining two systems were moved successfully.  The systems have been operating without error since Tuesday, and we'll continue to monitor their performance closely.  The cms server still remains to be moved, and that is tentatively planned for early morning, March 16, or possibly March 22nd.

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Web server moves rescheduled

As mentioned in this week's Site Administrator meeting, we're planning to migrate the remaining www servers to the virtual environment. This had been planned for Tuesday, Feb. 22nd, but has been rescheduled for early morning on March 1st.

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Scheduled Elements

A new tutorial page has been added that describes how to use the Schedule/Personalize element.  This is useful for managing content that should be displayed based on specific conditions, such as the day, date, or time of day, page category, or subsite location.

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Facebook Like Box available

A Commonspot element is now available to add a Facebook Like Box to a page.  The Llke Box requires the URL for a Facebook page, and includes the "like" button, a list of posts to your FB page, and profile images for fans of your page.  You'll find this new element in the Page Tools element gallery category.

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Blog system updates

The blog settings and post forms include a few new fields.  You can now set an image path for the blog int the Settings form. The image will be included in the blog's RSS feed and can optionally be displayed in the right column in the blog display.  The settings form also includes a field for a Feedburner feed name.  Configuring a feed name here allows you to select the Feedburner subscription form to be displayed in the right column of a blog display page.

The blog post form now includes a field for a category name.  This will supplement tags as a way of describing and organizing blog posts.

These changes are described further in the Blog Manager help page.

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Flickr slideshow element now supports Lightbox

An additional display mode is now available in the Flickr Slideshow element - you can switch from the standard embedded Flash player to a Lightbox viewer. See the tutorial page for examples.

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Social Media Options

A page has been added to the Web Publishing site where we've assembled the various elements available to Commonspot sites for social media integration, including Facebook 'like' and 'share' buttons, the 'ShareThis' widget, and a Twitter Profile widget.

 

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RSS Aggregator

The RSS elements available for the content well and right column now support including more than one RSS feed.  Blog posts from multiple sources can be combined in a single display, organized by publication date.

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Post upgrade - clearing browser cache

The Commonspot 5.1 upgrade includes some fixes for web browser conflicts when using Commonspot for authoring.  Web browsers may retain cached versions of some of the upgraded javascript files in the upgrade, and so it's recommended that you clear the browser cache.

(from Paperthin's upgrade documentation)

For supported versions of Mozilla Firefox, you can access these options through Tools -> Clear Private Data or Tools -> Options -> Privacy.  Review browser Help for more information.

For Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, click F12 -> Cache -> Clear Browser Cache or click Internet Options -> General ->Settings ->View Files -> Delete .js and .css files  Note: For IE8 CTRL-R will not clear .js or .css files.

For Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, use CTRL-F5 or click Tools -> Internet Options.  Under the General tab - Browsing History, click Delete. Review browser Help for more information.

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Send a support request to the SCU Web Publishing team in OMC and Media Services.

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