Santa Clara University

Web Publishing @ SCU

CommonSpot Content Management System


CommonSpot refers to page components as "elements". There are a number of pre-defined elements delivered with CommonSpot; images, menus, lists, and forms can all be dropped into a page by selecting the element from a menu. In addition, several SCU-specific elements have been created and categorized within CommonSpot. This makes the task of adding rich content much easier; instead of constructing a custom query to obtain event calendar data and build an HTML template to handle the display of data, all you need to do is select "upcoming events" from the element menu, and you'll have dynamic content added to your page.

Elements are categorized by function and by placement within a Commonspot page:

Content Well Elements
Right Column Elements

These images can be included in the right column of a page or site template.

  • Apply Online - Link to online admission applications for undergraduate and graduate schools.
  • Arts - Menu includes links to the Center of Performing Arts, de Saisset Museum, and Art & Art History Department Web sites.
  • Bronco Scores - View schedules and results for SCU athletics teams.
  • Campaign for Santa Clara - Link to the Campaign Web site.
  • Campus Tour Reservation- Sign up for a Campus Tour
  • Directions and Map - Get driving directions to SCU using Google Maps.
  • Event Calendar Search - Search the Campus Event Calendar by keyword or date
  • Feature - For featured content in the right column, secondary to page content or highlighting site content.
  • Headlines - This element includes recent press release headlines, and is automatically updated.
  • Headlines Search - Search the Press Release archives by keyword
  • Jesuit Advantage - Link to the Jesuit Advantage page.
  • HR Job Posting - Displays the 3 most recent staff opportunities posted by HR. Optionally, you can select a specific campus organization's job listings for display.
  • inCircle - Links to inCircle, alumni networking site
  • iTunes U - This links to SCU's iTunes U store, and can be configured to point to a category or tab, by supplying a "url" custom parameter.
  • Music at Noon - List of upcoming Music at Noon events.
  • Online Community - Link to the AlumniConnections online community Web site.
  • Phonebook Organization Contact - Display contact information for an organization selected from the SCU phone book.
  • Press Release Feature - Include the headline, image, first paragraph and link for an SCU Press Release.
  • Profile Feature - Select and display personal profile data.
  • Prospective Student Inquiry - Link to online inquiry forms for undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Residential Learning Communities - Link to the RLC Web site.
  • RSS- Displaying an RSS feed - Enter the channel ID or URL path to an external RSS feed
  • Santa Clara Magazine - Link to SCM online.
  • SCUConnect Sign In - Links to the main login page for SCUConnect, the inquiry form and customized home page for prospective students.
  • Site Search - Displays a search form that submits a keyword query to the Google University Search index, limiting results to a specified SCU site.
  • Campus Slideshow - View a gallery of campus images.
  • Visitor Information - Displays a list of links relevant to campus visitors, including campus map, directions, and parking.
  • Upcoming Events - The events listed in this element are pulled from the Campus Event Calendar database, and are updated each hour. The list can be customized to include events for a specific campus organization.
  • Webcams - Link to campus Webcams
View examples of Right Column Elements.
Page Tool Elements

These elements appear as links just above the right column:

  • Commonspot Log in/out - Display a link that allows users to view the Commonspot log in form, or log out of Commonspot.
  • Search this site - Link to a subsite-specific search form
  • QR Code Generator - Create and save a QR code image for any URL

View examples of Page Tool elements...

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