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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

FrontPage Server Extensions Are No More

Although Information Services at UW-Green Bay has not supported FrontPage Server Extensions for years, FPSEs are now officially removed from the WEBA web server.

This was done not only as a clean-up effort, but to prepare for the Web CMS implementation of CommonSpot over the next few months.

If you have any questions or concerns about how to accomplish certain tasks without using FPSEs, please contact Web Services.

Web Server Upgrades and CommonSpot Preparation

Information Services is moving forward with a number of big initiatives this summer. We’d like to bring a few of these to your attention so you can plan accordingly.

June 7, 2010 – FRONTPAGE SERVER EXTENSIONS

All remaining FrontPage server extensions will be removed from WEBA. If anyone on your team still connects remotely using FrontPage extensions to edit a website, the connection process will need to be updated

June 14, 2010 – WEBC UPGRADE

WEBC will be upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2, 64-bit, IIS V7.5. Please plan for WEBC to be offline the first half of the day. After the upgrade, web developers will want to test their web sites 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

We will also be removing FTP access to the WEBC server in lieu of more secure file transfer methods included in IIS V7.5. More details on this will be sent prior to the upgrade of WEBC.

August 2010 – WEBA UPGRADE

The WEBA upgrade is currently slotted for early August. More details on this will be sent in upcoming weeks.

We are working hard to upgrade all of our web servers and prepare the CommonSpot Web CMS infrastructure before fall semester.

CommonSpot Contacts Identified

Our CommonSpot licensing is complete and the following people have been designated as contacts here on campus.

Designated Support Reps

These ‘super users’ are the primary points of contact with PaperThin’s Support Team. DSRs may submit support incidents using the Integrated Support Module or PaperThin website.  Once submitted, these incidents can be tracked online.

  • Bridget Bishop
  • Dean DeFere
  • David Kieper
  • Eric Lightbody

Additional Users

CommonSpot Users can access a wide array of PaperThin support services including the Knowledge Base (Document Library, FAQs, Knowledge Articles), Community site, and webinars.

  • Dan Moore
  • Todd Sanders
  • Jon Simonsen
  • Kimberly Vlies
  • Paul Wikgren

CommonSpot Training Dates Set

Dates and locations have been finalized for our upcoming CommonSpot training.
  • Fundamentals, Location: UW-Green Bay, May 11-13
  • Advanced Developer, Location: UW-River Falls, June 2-4
  • ADF, Location: UW-Milwaukee, June 23-25

2010 Student Employee of the Year – Tyler Gajewski

Web Services is proud of our very own Tyler Gajewski, named 2010 Student Employee of the Year!

Read the news feature from University Communications.

Learn more about the annual competition, now in its sixth year.

CommonSpot Funding Approved

Full funding was approved today for CommonSpot to move forward!

This funding includes the license buy-in, hardware, server software, and training. Time to get moving!

UW System CommonSpot Training Preparation

PaperThin typically holds CommonSpot training sessions in Boston, but with our UW System size and combined interest, PaperThin will be coming to Wisconsin to hold training sessions this spring.

There is a chance UW-Green Bay will host the Fundamentals session, which would save us even more training dollars.

The three tentative training sessions being planned for local scheduling are:

CommonSpot Fundamentals

This three-day in-depth, hands-on technical training provides a comprehensive review of CommonSpot’s powerful features, and offers best practices for developing simple to dynamic websites.

Designed to introduce developers, webmasters, and administrators to the basics of CommonSpot, this training program provides high value. If you are new to CommonSpot, you’re sure to come away with numerous tips and techniques that will save you development time and effort.

You’ll learn how to… Organize a site for conversion to CommonSpot, Create custom base templates for a site, Construct a flexible template hierarchy, Lock down templates for use by page authors, Implement style sheet support in a site, Integrate your own ColdFusion applications, Reuse content within pages of a site, Construct custom page metadata to categorize content, Drive dynamic page links with custom metadata, Create and use custom elements, Create RSS feeds, lists of feeds, and live bookmarks, XML publication, XML rendering, And more!

CommonSpot Advanced Developers

This three-day technical training takes you through best practices for customizing and developing a site in CommonSpot. It combines solid, classroom-based and hands-on learning.

Designed for experienced CommonSpot developers, administrators, and designers, the course explores the inner workings of CommonSpot. It provides an in-depth review of CommonSpot’s main integration points and advanced features like the base template, content creation API, custom script element, datasheet element, render handler, and custom field type, among others.

The course highlights recommended practices and discusses hidden developer techniques and tips that will save you significant development time and effort. You’ll learn how to effectively utilize and deploy CommonSpot’s advanced functionality while extracting the most value from these features.

CommonSpot Application Development Framework

This four-day in-depth technical training includes a one-day of review of Advanced Developers training, and three days of the new CommonSpot v6 Application Development Framework (ADF).

CommonSpot’s powerful application development framework makes it easy to develop new applications, customize existing applications, and move them into production using the system’s out-of-the-box APIs and UI components. Once completed, CommonSpot users can share new applications with others in the CommonSpot community in an open source-like fashion.

The ADF jumpstarts application development initiatives by shaving time off of projects that would otherwise take months to code.