Blog.SMU migration brings new features and plugins

Blog.smu.edu HomepageThis fall, the on-campus WordPress blog, Blog.SMU, was migrated to CampusPress cloud services. With this move, users have access to many new plugins and features. And, just like it was when hosted on campus, any department or group on campus can still host their own blog for official, departmental, or academic use with CampusPress. In this post, we would like to highlight some of the new tools and plugins available in the cloud. Continue reading Blog.SMU migration brings new features and plugins

Sitecore Clinics Return Next Week!

Sitecore ClinicDo you need help creating a new page or editing an existing one? Feeling stumped by widgets, forms, or something else? Want to know more about a feature or function in Sitecore?

Drop in at any of these Sitecore Clinics for a little one-on-one support with those questions or ones of your own answered by SMU’s Sitecore administrators and specialists. No registration is required, so just bring yourself and your questions! Continue reading Sitecore Clinics Return Next Week!

Sitecore Clinics Return This Fall

Sitecore ClinicThey’re baaaack! Do you need help creating a new page or editing an existing one?  Feeling stumped by widgets, forms, or something else?  Want to know more about a feature or function in Sitecore?

Drop in at any of these Sitecore Clinics for a little one-on-one support with those questions or ones of your own answered by SMU’s Sitecore administrators and specialists. No registration is required, so just bring yourself and your questions! Read on for dates and locations.

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Sitecore Clinics Return February 28, 2018

Sitecore ClinicHave a question or two about using Sitecore?

Do you need help creating a new page or editing an existing one?  Feeling stumped by widgets, forms, or something else?  Want to learn more about Sitecore in general, but don’t have time for an entire class?

Drop in at any of these Sitecore Clinics for a little one-on-one support with those questions or ones of your own. Continue reading Sitecore Clinics Return February 28, 2018

Sitecore Clinics Return January 11, 2018.

Sitecore ClinicHave a question or two about using Sitecore?

Do you need help creating a new page or editing an existing one?  Feeling stumped by widgets, forms, or something else?  Want to learn more about Sitecore in general, but don’t have time for an entire class?

Drop in at any of these Sitecore Clinics for a little one-on-one support with those questions or ones of your own. Continue reading Sitecore Clinics Return January 11, 2018.

Sitecore to be Upgraded Starting on January 5, 2018

UPDATE 01/08/2017: The Sitecore Update was rolled back to the previous version due to performance issues. The Web Team is working with the vendor to investigate the issue and The upgrade will be rescheduled for a later date.

Sitecore

On Monday, January 8, 2017, OIT will be upgrading the Sitecore Web Content System to version 8.2.5. The authoring environment will be unavailable from Friday, January 5, 2018, starting at 8 p.m. CST to Monday, January 8, 2018, at 12 p.m. CST. Continue reading Sitecore to be Upgraded Starting on January 5, 2018

Web Design: Using Data to Inform Design

Before and After images of the SMU Current Students page
Before (left) and after (right).

The SMU Current Students page recently received a facelift.  This page receives thousands of hits each week, making it one of the most popular pages on the University website. In this redesign, we used data to assess how students were using the page and inform the future user experience.

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OIT Resources for Your Sitecore Needs

SitecoreSMU’s main website holds around 45,000 web pages, and each one of those pages runs on our Content Management System known as Sitecore. If you have editing privileges on any of SMU’s web pages, you may already know the basics of how Sitecore works, but you also realize how complex and intimidating the system can sometimes be.

If you ever have any problems with Sitecore or are just curious about learning more about what it can do, we have plenty of resources to assist you. Continue reading OIT Resources for Your Sitecore Needs

Sitecore Office Hours to Get the Sitecore Help You Need.

Sitecore Clinic

Have a Sitecore question?  Want hands-on Sitecore help with a page edit, widget, form, or graphics?

Drop in anytime or schedule an appointment for a guaranteed time slot.  We’re here to help.

March Schedule for Sitecore Office Hours

Wednesday March 1* 2 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday March 8 2 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday March 15 Closed for Spring Break
(appointments may be available)
Wednesday March 22 2 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday March 29 2 – 4 p.m.

Location: * March 1ST Office Hours will be hosted in Fondren Library East 323. All other sessions will be hosted in the Fondren Library East 109 Classroom.

Know Before You Go: If you’re brand new to Sitecore, or if it’s been a while, consider taking an introductory class so that we can better assist you.  In-person sessions and on-demand webinars are available.  Learn more about web publishing at SMU.

This is a pilot program. We will continue to offer drop-in sessions in the future on a to-be-determined basis.


The Sitecore Knowledge Base has been recently updated to include Web Forms and department specific topics. Check it out at wiki.smu.edu/display/OITPublic/Sitecore+Knowledge+Base.

Page Updated 02/27/2017 with room changes.

Office Hours Provide Drop-in Sitecore Help for Users

Sitecore Help Office HoursHave a Sitecore question?  Want hands-on Sitecore help with a page edit, widget, form, or graphics? For this we have Sitecore Office Hours!

Sitecore Offices Hours provides Sitecore users time to get one-on-one answers to their pressing questions and assistance with some of the more difficult areas of the tool. Drop in anytime during our office hours or schedule an appointment for a guaranteed one-on-one time slot.  At OIT, we’re here to help.

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