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  •  Database Server Migration

    Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014

    We plan to migrate the www database server to a new host on March 25th, starting at 11pm. Updates to some databases accessible from www will be unavailable during the migration, although read-only access will be supported. We expect the migration to be complete by 12:30 am on the 26th.

    Update: the migration has completed, and database update access has been restored.

  •  Flickr slideshow change

    Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014

    If you're using the Flickr Slideshow element for an embedded photo set that originates outside of the SCU Flickr account, you'll need to update the element settings.

    Flickr now requires the username for the account. The standard SCU account name is "santaclarauniversity". If your photo set is in a different account, enter the username in the element configuration form.

  •  Course Listing

    Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

    Looking for an easy way to list course descriptions in your web site? Try the Course Listing element in Commonspot. This will select course description text from Peoplesoft, and will automatically update if the official course descriptions are changed in the administrative database.

  •  Printer Friendly view and print

    Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

    The base template style sheet has been updated to include formatting optimized for print. The style sheet removes the header, navigation and footer sections of the page content, and appends URL paths to any link text. When selecting File > Print in your web browser, this style sheet will be applied.

    For pages that had used the original version of the "Printer Friendly" element, that now will open the browser's print dialog window and apply the new print style sheet.

  •  Disqus Comments now available for any page

    Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

     Previously only available as a comment option in the Blog system, you can now add the Disqus Comment form to any Commonspot page. You'll find the element in the Content Well element gallery category. The element has one required configuration setting - the unique name of a Disqus account. The Disqus site has instruction on creating an account.

  •  OS Patches on Thursday, 1/23/14

    Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

    We have OS patches scheduled for cms and the www servers this Thursday morning, starting at 9:30 am. Here's the schedule:

     
    9:30 - Authoring and Replication are suspended on cms. Patches are applied on cms, and the server is rebooted. This process should take less than 10 minutes. Authoring will be re-enabled after that (9:40 or so).
     
    9:45 - 10:30 - OS patches are applied on each of the three www servers. Replication will be offline while this is going on, but external access to the www servers will not be interrupted.
     

    10:30 - (or sooner, if the patches on www are complete) - Replication will be back on its regular schedule. 

  •  Server updates next Tuesday, 12/3

    Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

    We'll be working with IT Operations to install OS updates on cms and the www servers next Tuesday morning, Dec. 12. We'll start at 9am, turning off authoring and replication on cms. Once cms is updated, authoring will be enabled but replication will be off until all three of the www servers are updated. This could take an hour or more to complete.

  •  IE 11 and Commonspot

    Friday, Nov. 22, 2013

    Version 11 of Internet Explorer is not yet certified for Commonspot authoring. For the time being, you'll need to use earlier versions  of IE or alternate web browsers when managing content in Commonspot.

  •  Slideshow element supports alt tags

    Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

    The rotating image slideshow element used in level 1 and level 3 home pages now allows for the option of adding alternate text for each image. Including relevant keywords in the image description can help to improve visibility for search engines.

  •  Sitemap not updating

    Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

    In some cases you won't see updates applied to a sitemap reflected right away in your site navigation. The sitemap's XML file will only be refreshed when you change the sitemap structure, so if you're updating a link label or url, deleting a link, or otherwise not modifying the site outline the XML file won't be updated. The workaround for that is to indent/outdent any link to refresh the file. Following that change, you'll want to clear the subsite cache on cms, and - following the next replication - clear the www subsite cache using the ClearCache utility.

 
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