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Web Publishing News
WWW database server issue
Early this morning, and again between 10 and 10:45 am, we were having trouble with the database server used by Commonspot. That appears to be resolved now, but the system administrators are closely monitoring the server.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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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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.Read More »