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SiteCheck Users – Prepare for Discontinuation

Our current SiteCheck subscription will expire July 30, 2012. With recent budget cuts, we’d like to provide a heads-up to our users of SiteCheck that there are no plans to renew this valuable link-checking service.

As sites are moved into CommonSpot, spell checking and link checking stats will be provided by the CMS. Although there are benefits to keeping SiteCheck in place with CMS use, we can no longer afford the annual fee for a site of our size.

If you used SiteCheck previously and have forgotten your login or how to use its features, feel free to contact Web Services for more information. If you are interested in having a SiteCheck login for the remainder of our contract, we can set you up quickly.

What is SiteCheck?

WANTED: Your Photos

The students, faculty, and staff have spoken – our website photos should change more often!

Do you have an appropriate, quality photo you took that you would like to share?

  • on campus
  • in your classroom
  • at a Phoenix Athletics event
  • featuring students
  • as part of your research
  • featuring faculty
  • at an alumni event
  • somewhere in the tunnels

If so, we’d love to consider it for use on the uwgb.edu website. We’ve used a number of submitted photos in the past, but many people don’t realize this opportunity is available. Spread the word!

Send your photo submissions to us at cs_www@uwgb.edu.

We’re Moving!

Web Services will be moving to our new office location of IS 1148 on Monday, August 29.

We are relocating from our current location in the Information Services Administration suite on the 7th floor of the Cofrin Library to join the rest of the Information Services Division in the Instructional Services building.

The new location will ease collaboration with other IS departments as well as provide more convenient access for faculty, staff, and students.

WordPress Upgrade In the Works

Web Services is in the process of upgrading WordPress for our campus. Until now, we have been using a very old multi-blog setup that gave us basically what we needed until native WordPress multisite functionality was mature and readily available.

As of WordPress 3.0, blog administrators have the ability to create a network of sites. Web Services will now have improved control over administrative privileges and a centralized control panel to manage all blogs at once.

As part of a housekeeping and security effort, we have pared down the number of plugins and themes available. We have also removed a number of outdated or obsolete blogs, with each blog owner’s approval.

While most endusers will not notice a difference, there will be huge time savings on our end for blog setup and maintenance.

As always, let us know if you have any questions about WordPress, your blog, or how to use it.

Any University Reports to Report?

As always, whenever you see outdated, inaccurate, or missing information on a website, we encourage you to report it to Web Services. You, our subject matter experts around campus, are often able to identify these before we can.

http://www.uwgb.edu/reports/

One page that looks a little outdated is our University Reports page. If you know of any reports that should be added or updated here, please feel free to point them out by contacting us at cs_www@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2951.

Thanks!

Now Hiring – Web Developer

The following position has been posted to the UWGB Human Resources Website. Spread the word!

http://www.uwgb.edu/hr/Jobs/position601.html

The Web Developer position assists the University Webmaster in the design, building, and maintenance of the University’s website.

  • Plan, develop, and maintain new and existing web applications, data-driven web pages, social media interactions, RSS feeds, web forms that access relational databases, and general website features
  • Build content management system (CMS) templates, elements, and customizations; assist in administration of the University’s CMS, PaperThin’s CommonSpot
  • Apply proven methodologies and best practices to design and develop interactive websites; serve as a technical resource for tools and technologies used
  • Produce functional and well-documented code; troubleshoot, track and fix bugs
  • Perform cross-browser and cross-platform testing
  • Apply user-centered design process to create high-quality visitor experiences
  • Participate in efforts to bring website into compliance with UW-Green Bay website policies and procedures, accessibility standards (e.g., Section 508), and the University Style Guide
  • Provide technical support to departmental web authors, including writing clear and concise documentation
  • Assist in administration of website analytics
  • Assist in preparing HTML email for distribution
  • Mobile web, mobile app, HTML5, and CSS3 development may be added as the University moves in that direction
  • Participate in professional development activities to keep up with technology and trends
  • Assist in supervision of student web developers

Web Services – Now Hiring Student Employee – FILLED

Update: This position has been filled.

Do you know a UW-Green Bay student who would love to put their web development skills to work right here on campus? Send them to Web Services! We are currently looking to hire a student employee for Fall 2010 and beyond.

Job description:
The Web Service Office designs, develops and maintains the University’s Web presence. This includes the top level pages of the University’s site, academic program sites, and various special projects. Student Web Assistants help to develop and track assigned projects through to completion. Support or assist the University Webmaster with web development and web design duties, as needed. Designing/coding new web pages as needed using HTML, XHTML, CSS, JS, ASP, ASP.NET, PHP, ColdFusion, CommonSpot Web CMS, and Adobe Photoshop. Other tasks as assigned. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students typically work 12 to 20 hours per week depending on the student’s course schedule, and up to 40 hours during breaks and summers. Starting wage is $9.50 per hour.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a talent for design and layout, good troubleshooting and problem solving skills, and the ability to work independently. Top candidates are not expected to know everything before they come in, but will learn as they gain experience. We train and mentor our students. Because of the training involved in this position, we are especially interested in students who have two or more years of school ahead of them before graduation.

Interested? Complete our application and bring it to Web Services in CL 730 today!

Urchin Site Statistics Discontinuing

Urchin site statistics will no longer be generated or supported on WEBA after the upgrade of this web server. If you wish to view Urchin data and print or save it for your department needs, please do so prior to Thursday, August 12th.

Access to historical Urchin site statistics after the WEBA upgrade will be provided on request only, through December 22, 2010. After December 22, 2010, access to historical Urchin site statistics will no longer be available.

To avoid discontinuation of statistics tracking, please be sure your website has been converted to Google Analytics. Web Services has converted all academic program websites and most University department websites already. Feel free to contact us to see if yours is covered.

WEBA Upgrade – Week of August 9, 2010

The WEBA Upgrade is currently planned for early morning August 12th, before 7:00am.

When you arrive on Thursday, please test all WEBA functionality much the same way you did on WEBC and report any errors or oddities to Dean DeFere.

If anything changes, we will let you know. Thank you for your patience as we prepare the CommonSpot Web CMS infrastructure.

WEBC Upgrade – July 23, 2010

An update to our previous communication -

July 23, 2010 – WEBC UPGRADE

The WEBC Upgrade is now scheduled for the early morning of Friday, July 23, 2010 and should be complete by 8:00 am. Campus web developers will have until Monday, August 9th to complete their testing (detail below) and report any findings to Dean DeFere. Note: FTP access will not be going away at this time.

If all goes well, we plan to proceed with the WEBA Upgrade in mid August.

WEBC TESTING

After the upgrade, web developers will want to test their websites to ensure things continue to function. This is a significant upgrade, and items that should be checked include:

  • Proper file type display in browsers – in particular new and old audio/visual file types (MPEG-4, etc.)
  • Proper permissions on secure folders (/campus/ and individual secure directories)
  • Ability to edit sites remotely via WebDAV
  • Local built web applications based on .NET 1.1 through 3.5
  • Third-party applications