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April 14, 2017

How to log in to UOBlogs/WordPress sites

A recent update to WordPress may have disabled a link that allows UO Blogs user to log in by clicking on a Log In button on the upper-left of certain sites. While the link could be fixed in the coming days or weeks, we wanted to ensure that you can gain access to your site(s) with little inconvenience in the meantime. Due to a recent spate of calls, we have issued this post on how to utilizes both that method and another workaround so that you can access your sites.

Process

There are two primary methods for logging on to your site:

Method One

Click the Log In link on the upper-left of the browser window

Sign in using your Duck ID and password by clicking on the Use My Duck ID button

Then, you will arrive at the Dashboard for your site(s)

Note: You may have to click on View My Sites if you have access to multiple sites (as seen below)

Method Two

Similar to Method one above, this will give you access to your site but through the UO Blogs main website. Go to blogs.uoregon.edu/ then click on the Login tab:

Then continue to proceed through the steps of Method One as described above.

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Once logged in, you’ll see the administrative toolbar above the site header which will allow you to add more content or return to the site dashboard (as in the image below for CASIT Blog administrators).

January 13, 2017

CASIT Web Services completed projects Fall 2016

Here is the list of projects completed over Fall:

Sites moved to CAS design toolkit:

Drupal Projects:

  • History Courses: Drupal site created for the History Department. It is used by faculty to submit courses they would like to teach. History administrator then take the requests and plan the year’s course offerings.
  • International Environmental Agreements Database Project: It was previously a custom PHP application. The site has 100K+ nodes. The site uses common Drupal modules and a custom module to provide the rich data in structured reports that you can see. The site also is a tool for the client as well as end-users to analyze the data and use it in their research.
  • The Medieval Elbe: It was developed for History professors Lisa Wolverton and Jonathan Lyon who are developing and presenting research and teaching materials about the interactions between Slavs and Germans in the Central Middle Ages along the Elbe river and beyond. The site allows the professors to highlight the texts and tag them with various labels. This is then presented to users to interact and review texts under those labels.

Other Projects:

  • CAS Personnel 2.0: Reworked CAS Faculty Review Tracking (requires login) module to include CAS defined review milestones such as due dates for candidate materials, department head reviews and class visits.
  • Chinese Flagship Website: Migrated the site from CASLS hosting to our servers and secured it after it was compromised.
  • Environmental Studies Advising Database: Helped ENVS update their Access database for the new term. They use the Access database to track their students through the program.
  • Mapping History Phase II: Converted key European maps from Adobe Flash format to HTML 5 and added completed US and European maps to the Mapping History site.

You can see more information about those sites on our portfolio: http://casitwebservices.uoregon.edu/.

Big thank you to everyone in the web team.

September 2, 2016

CAS Department Theme for Undergraduates: CAS Design Theme and Toolkit

Our final post on the Undergraduate pages is about the CAS Department Theme used in WordPress/UO Blogs for CAS Departments, Programs, and Institutes.

Theme Features

The theme has a distinct color palette that is used in conjunction with each administrative division used in the College:

  • Utilizes three menu locations (marked as 2, 4, and 5)
  • Featured post categories on the department homepage (marked as 3)
  • Custom plugins for a front page slideshow (marked as 1), course management, and faculty/staff/student profiles.

For more information on the CAS Department Theme, check out the CAS Design Toolkit site.

Theme Adoption

The process for adopting this theme is as simple as sending a request for the CAS Department Theme to the Information Service Tech Desk via email along with the URL of the department site. Each of the additional plugins like the Courses and Profiles plugins require requests through the same channel.

Some considerations to keep in mind moving forward are that the existing content on the site prior to the theme change may be altered in order to comply with the new theme. One issue that could arise would be in conjunction with how menus are created, managed, and displayed (as seen in a previous post).

If you have any questions on how to help alleviate some of those transition issues, please contact us here at CASIT.

CASIT Web Services completed projects Spring/Summer 2016

Here is the list of projects completed over Spring and Summer:

Sites moved to CAS design toolkit:

Drupal Projects:

  • CASIT Projects: site created to intake projects CASIT web services should work on.
  • EPIC-N (SCI) Database Additions: changed to the new theme which is same as what its department site is using now and implemented advanced search.
  • Polisci Travel Authorization Form: add new form and workflow to PS Forms site.
  • English Graduate Database Additions: added new form and tables to track GTF/Teacher evaluations and other user interface improvements.
  • Printing and Mailing Services – CTX forms: created a form on forms.uoregon.edu and helped Printing and Mailing services with managing their Drupal site.

Other Projects:

  • College Transition Collaborative Survey Redirect: we setup a custom redirect that sends authenticated incoming freshman to a Stanford survey.
  • ICA Site Migration: migrated Joomla site to WordPress on UO Blogs.

You can see more information about those sites on our portfolio: http://casitwebservices.uoregon.edu/.

Big thank you to everyone in the web team.

August 31, 2016

CAS Department Theme for Undergraduates: Menu Structure

In today’s post, we will be covering menu structures and how to manage them on a department site. Based on the edict sent from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, resources either need to be on the primary Undergraduate page or within one click of that page. Using the CAS Department Theme, the Undergraduate page and associated subpages can be easily organized within the primary menu and submenu.

In order to reorganize the primary menu and submenu, the content needs to exist already. Since the information generally does not change (daily or weekly), the content should be put on Pages instead of Posts.

For more on Pages and Posts, the primary differences, and when to choose, click here.

Process

  1. Sign-in to your department’s website, then go to Appearance > Menus and select the website’s primary menu to proceed.
  2. To add a new content page, scroll through the list of pages or select the Search tab and type in the name of the page, then click Add to menu to proceed.
  3. The new content page will be on the bottom of the screen (which indicates the end of the menu). Drag and drop the new page into place by click-and-drag. A crosshairs cursor will appear which indicates that the page can be moved by click-and-drag.
  4. In order to have the new content page become a sub-item of a new or existing page, click-and-drag the page to the right until a dotted-line rectangle appears indented below the page(s) above it (see example below):CreatingSubItem
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 until all content is added and in place.
  6. Click Save Menu on the top-right or bottom-right to enable the changes.
  7. You may leave the tab/window once the menu has saved. (Recommended: click on the page name to view the site and the menu changes.)

In our next post, we will look at the process of implementing the CAS Department Theme to your department’s website.

August 29, 2016

CAS Department Theme for Undergraduates: Landing Page

Today’s post is about the Undergraduate Landing Page for CAS Departments. This page is to be designed as the information hub for undergraduate students seeking the completion of a major or minor within a CAS department, program, or institute.

As per the edict from the office of the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, the Undergraduate page should consist of the following:

The Undergraduate landing page should minimally include the following advising and curriculum information in an easily navigable format–either on the page itself of accessible after at most one further click (emphasis added):

  1. Who the department advisor(s) are, how to contact them and/or make an appointment, and any times they may be available without an appointment. Please distinguish faculty/staff advisors from peer advisors, and indicate who the department’s lead advisor(s) are for fielding general queries.
  2. Instructions for students on how to declare your major/minor
  3. Major/minor degree requirements, including coursework and important policies (e.g., on minimum grades, residency requirements, P/NP restrictions)
  4. Quick reference checklist for major/minor degree requirements
  5. Sample four-year plan/pathway for incoming students (recommended now, required by end of Fall 2016)
  6. Course offerings, including availability, timing, and prerequisites for major required courses, and alternative pathways if they exist. (OK to link to UO catalog for overall list of course offerings.)

We will use the Economics undergraduate page as an example since it already complies with most of these requirements. Most of the content provided on their site is within a page–which, in the WordPress world–typically has information that does not change too frequently, and a menu–which links to other pages (and external links).

The numbers seen on the image correlate with the above list. If the numbers are within parentheses, then the information is currently two clicks from the page:

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In the next post, we will look at how the WordPress menu structure works and how to manage menu links which will help organize the necessary content.

For more information on the CAS Department Theme in action, click here to see the CASIT Design Toolkit website.

August 26, 2016

CAS Department Theme for Undergraduates: A Series

Recently, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education issued an email to CAS academic departments with new standards for information on undergraduate education on CAS department websites. This series of posts will go over each piece of the new standards with steps and examples of compliant websites.

The list of standards (as per the email) for undergraduate information is as follows:

  • Each department homepage should have the word Undergraduate in its main menu bar.
  • The Undergraduate landing page should minimally include the following advising and curriculum information in an easily navigable format–either on the page itself of accessible after at most one further click:
    • Who the department advisor(s) are, how to contact them and/or make an appointment, and any times they may be available without an appointment. Please distinguish faculty/staff advisors from peer advisors, and indicate who the department’s lead advisor(s) are for fielding general queries.
    • Instructions for students on how to declare your major/minor
    • Major/minor degree requirements, including coursework and important policies (e.g., on minimum grades, residency requirements, P/NP restrictions)
    • Quick reference checklist for major/minor degree requirements
    • Sample four-year plan/pathway for incoming students (recommended now, required by end of Fall 2016)
    • Course offerings, including availability, timing, and prerequisites for major required courses, and alternative pathways if they exist. (OK to link to UO catalog for overall list of course offerings.)
  • Each department should adopt the CAS Elemental design (recommended now, required by end of 2016-17 academic year.

The CASIT Blog will feature a short series of articles breaking down each of these new standards in the coming days.

CASIT’s Training Services is also providing one-on-one training sessions for site administrators on a first-come, first-serve basis by appointment. If you are interested in scheduling one of these sessions, send an email to cas-training@ithelp.uoregon.edu

May 4, 2016

CASIT Web Services completed projects Winter 2016

Here is the list of projects completed over Winter:

Sites moved to CAS design toolkit:

Drupal Projects:

  • PCS Forms Additions: added new workflow elements to existing PCS forms.
  • Physics GTF Evaluations: created online GTF evaluation form for Physics department. It was based on a version we created for Political Science.
  • Biology Graduate Database Upgrade: upgraded platform from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7.

Other Projects:

  • CASIT has been using JIRA the last many months and we have reviewed and tested Service Desk and plugins like Tempo timesheets. We hope to create service desk projects and provide solutions for CASIT to help them manage day to day operations.
  • Faculty Reviews is a module of the CAS Personnel application we created. The module allows CAS Dean’s Office and department personnel to lookup performance review dates for tenure track and non-tenure track faculty.
  • Material Science Institute new site developed by Feynman Group was migrated and setup on our web servers.
  • Psychology Development Database is now maintained and supported by us. Over Winter we spent a lot of time troubleshooting performance issues and providing custom reports.
  • Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics relaunched with a new theme. We helped configure and setup the theme and plugins on the new site to achieve the new look.

You can see more information about those sites on our portfolio: http://casitwebservices.uoregon.edu/.

Big thank you to everyone in the web team.

March 21, 2016

Google’s search algorithm update stresses greater importance on mobile-friendly sites

This image shows that the CASIT Home Page meets the Google standard for mobile-friendly sites. Check out the link in the article to see how your site works.

This image shows that the CASIT Home Page meets the Google standard for mobile-friendly sites. Check out the link in the article to see how your site works.

According to TechCrunch.com, recent updates to Google’s search algorithm now increases importance on sites that have a mobile-friendly offering. To incentivize developers, Google is adding more weight to the badges used to denote sites as mobile-friendly when determining search results pages. Google started this effort in 2014 and has since started to use this as a ranking signal which many developers are now starting to incorporate.

Here at the University of Oregon, the UO Blogs service offers a plethora of mobile-ready web themes to use within its WordPress habitat. CASIT’s Web Services team in conjunction with the CAS Dean’s Office has worked over the last couple years to incorporate a new mobile-capable theme–the CAS Department Theme–to provide a better experience on many of the college’s department pages.

For more information on the Google algorithm updates, please check out these articles from TechCrunch.com and the Google Webmaster Central Blog.

If you would like to see how your site (or any other) complies with the new algorithm, check out this link from Google Developers.

August 31, 2015

CASIT Web Services completed projects Spring 2015

Here is the list of projects completed over Spring:

Sites moved to CAS design toolkit:

Drupal projects:

Other projects:

  • Converted old PHP form to Formidable form hosted on UO Blogs.
  • Made adjustments to PS Forms site form/workflow to align with new CBA requirements.

You can see more information about those sites on our portfolio: http://casitwebservices.uoregon.edu/.

Big thank you to everyone in the web team.

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