Campus is quiet with students on Spring break, but we have some exciting new updates on the website. These are all meant to make your lives easier, so give a shout if you are confused about anything.
You can now include pages or individual posts in the “Posts Slider” rotation, instead of just a single category. Under “Pages & Posts,” select the order you want the items to appear. The slider will pull in the featured image and excerpt from the item. Of course, you’ll want to make sure your photos are no larger than 900px wide and compressed for the web (need help with this? Try Pixlr).
Up to now, tables did not work very well on our new site because they were not responsive, eg, they looked AWFUL on a mobile device. Now, you can now insert tables and they will resize beautifully on smaller screens. Tables must be used for data only, not to design or lay out your page.
For example, here is the table at full width:
And the same table displayed on a mobile device:
To insert a table, use the new buttons in the editor. You should (probably) set the first row to be a header:
We can now pull videos directly from our online video library and embed them on a webpage. After you click “Add Media,” select “Brightcove,” then find the video you want. Once you “insert video,” it will appear as a shortcode, then as a video player once you publish the page. This functionality must be enabled on a site-by-site basis, so let Anna know if you need to embed customized videos or playlists and don’t see “Brightcove” available.
Of course, you can still embed YouTube or Vimeo videos simply by pasting the video’s URL on a line, but these Brightcove videos are branded with Wagner’s colors and, well, just look more professional.
For sites with many managers, sometimes you’ll want to limit what pages individual users have access to edit. For example, within the “Academics” site, managers of ACE can manage those pages but do not have access to edit other pages. If you need this functionality, please let Anna know.
We have used Google Analytics to track our site traffic for a long time, but now those analytics are more accessible to you as managers of subsites. If you go to the Dashboard, you’ll see graphs and statistics. If you go to “All Pages” or “All Posts,” you’ll see statistics for each page or post. Use these numbers to help fine-tune your content and understand what information people are accessing. This is also enabled site-by-site, so if you don’t see these statistics, please request access from Anna.
You can now add a photo box shortcode with a portrait image on the left, like this:
That’s all, folks! Thanks for your patience as we work out the bugs in our new site and continue to improve its functionality. Let us know if there are specifics things you’d like to see.