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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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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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Video shortcodes in the blog

 The option to include a Vimeo or Youtube video in the blog's text block is now available in the SCM blog. To embed a video, you'd use a shortcode similar to those used in Wordpress.

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Accordion theme added to Blog element

Another new theme has been added to the Blog element to display a list of blog posts using the 'accordion' theme. To use this, edit the Theme setting for your blog and update the Custom Properties for the page to use jQuery (that's in the Settings section of the Custom Properties form).

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Clear cached pages on www

Site administrators can now clear subsite cache on each of the www production servers using this new form: http://cms.scu.edu/clearcache. If your Commonspot ID does not allow you to access this form, or your subsites are not listed, please contact Russ or Brian.

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Lightbox Display

A new element has been added to the Content Well category which can be used to add a Lightbox display view to content linked from a Commonspot page. To use this element, add the “lightbox” style class to any element that contains links to content you want displayed in this manner, and then add and configure the Lightbox Display element on that page.

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