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Support for Web publishing at Santa Clara University is provided by the Office of Marketing and Communications, Information Services, the Webmaster and Web Applications Developer in the Media Services department, and system and network administrators in the Information Technology department.

 
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Blog Sharing Options Updated

The Blog system in Commonspot includes an option to display links to a variety of social media platforms. This option has been updated to include a sharing link for each post in the default blog theme list view, and enhanced sharing options in the blog post detail view. The shared content will include the blog post title and summary text, and if your blog post includes an image, that will be included in the content shared with Facebook.

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Google Analytics in Commonspot

Commonspot includes a subsite configuration option for Google Analytics. If you have access to SCU's Google Analytics reports, you can view Analytics data for any Commonspot page when logged in to the CMS. View the help page for guidance on setting this up for your subsite.

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Recovering Lost Pages

If you've deleted a page in Commonspot, it can't be restored within the system. However, you may be able to recover content from Google's cached content. Prepend "cache:" to the url of your page in Google Search, and it will display the last cached version, if one is available.

Example:

cache:http://www.scu.edu/webpublishing/

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Course Listing

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.

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Slideshow element supports alt tags

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.

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Sitemap not updating

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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Commonspot authoring - short outage on 9/19

We're applying OS patches to the cms and www servers on Thursday, 9/19 starting at 10am. Commonspot authoring will be offline for about 15 minutes starting at 10, and replication will be suspended until the www servers are patched. We anticipate that replication will be back on scheduled by 11am.

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Fix for uploaded files in place

Following up on yesterday's note about missing uploaded files in replication - we have a fix for that in place as of yesterday afternoon. If you notice any 'file not found' errors on www for recently uploaded files, please let us know.

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Commonspot upgrade complete

The Commonspot 8 upgrade was installed on cms and the www servers on Tuesday morning, and with a couple of exceptions, things appear to be operating normally. Please let us know if you run into any Commonspot authoring or page display problems.

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Flickr Slideshow Gallery option

A new display option is available for the Flickr Slideshow Element, which will display the Flickr images as a gallery with sharing options and image descriptions. Select the "gallery" display mode in the Flickr Slideshow element, which you'll find in the Content Well element category.

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