Good morning Unit Web Coordinators,
As communicated earlier in the week we are sending this month’s update via email in lieu of an in person meeting. We will have more news to share around the upcoming theme revamp and other development topics in an upcoming meeting, but for now we wanted to make you aware of the following:
- Thank you to those who came to our Enterprise + training yesterday! We hope you find value in the new tools for your site, and encourage you to come to one of our open labs if you have further questions. Now that the targeted UWC trainings are complete, we will move into the next phase for site stewards and will work with this group to determine the first batch. If you have stewards in your area that you want involved in the next round of training, please let us know!
- For those of you that missed it yesterday, we did redefine WWW to mean “Wonderful WordPress Wookie” courtesy of our one of our amazing student workers, Gabe Santos:
- As we discussed last month, we have been having scanning issues with Siteimprove that affected both sites. After some great work from both Siteimprove’s support team and the ITS platform team, we believe all issues have been resolved! We have had two weeks of excellent reports, and expect these will continue. Thank you all for your patience, and for continuing to use the tool.
- If you or your site stewards have questions on Siteimprove and its usage, or want to brush up on any WordPress skills, please come to an open lab for some hands on training and individualized support. Labs will run into early December and we are developing the schedule for the upcoming semester once the winter break is over.
- Updates from the development front:
- The transition to the new Azure content delivery network (CDN) was completed smoothly, ensuring a stable experience with shared header & footer resources moving forward on both WordPress networks.
- Even more exciting, the vacancies in the Development team have all been filled, with the last of the new hires starting onboarding this week! This will provide greater capacity for WordPress bug fixes & feature requests as well as increase the speed of delivery for those services in the future.
- The updated news.nau.edu theme developed by our colleagues in Lipman Hearne is in the final stages of testing before go live. It should be out in the next week and will provide an improved visual presentation over the current theme.
If you have questions on any of these specific items or WordPress concerns in general, please reach out to myself or Rye Heidinger so that we can ensure they are addressed and routed to the proper team.
Chad D. Stiller | Associate Director
ITS Enterprise Information Services