University Communications and Marketing's Web team serves as the starting point for departments and faculty members across campuses that would like to take advantage of the university's content management system to develop their own websites. Currently, templates, which integrate with the institutional websiteâ€™s redesign and support the university's visual identity program, are available at no charge.
For those of you interested in pursuing maintenance of your websites in this easy-to-use system, please email Lin Danes, Director, Web Services and Interactive Media.
Access to CommonSpot is provided as a courtesy of the Division of Information Services.
Beginning & Intermediate User Training, Office Hours
We hold training sessions once a month for new users, users wanting a refresher and those seeking more advanced knowledge. In addition, Web team offers weekly office hours for questions and individualized help.
Upcoming Training Dates
Beginner training is best for those who have never used CommonSpot. It's also a great opportunity to go over concepts you may be a little rusty on. Be sure to also review the CommonSpot manual before attending.
Sign Up for Beginner Training
Monday, July 1, 1 - 3 p.m. (CLOSED)
NEW! Thursday, July 11, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 9, 1 - 3 p.m.
What You Will Learn
What is CommonSpot?
Where do I log in?
What happens when I first log in?
How do I find my way around CommonSpotâ€™s menus?
How do I create a page?
How do I add content to my new page?
How do I publish my new page?
How do I find my page after I created it?
How do I edit my pages after I have created them?
How do I customize the look of my pages?
Sign Up for Beginner Training
Intermediate Training is for users who are familiar with CommonSpot and have been making basic updates to their site already. Do not register for Intermediate Training unless you have already completed Beginner Training and have worked on your website for four months.
Sign up for an intermediate training session
Monday, June 24, 9 â€“ 11 a.m.
Tuesday, July 23, 10 â€“ noon
Monday, Aug. 19, 3 â€“ 5 p.m.
Intermediate CommonSpot Training Covers:
Workshop: Leveraging the Power of Web Analytics, Web Monitoring and Content Strategy
The Reusable Textblock element
Web forms in CommonSpot
The News element
Faculty and staff profiles
Our newest training offering shares best practices for developing, executing and measuring digital marketing strategy. The workshop is a hands-on exploration of Siteimprove's Quality Assurance tool for locating broken links and misspellings and Google Analytics, the standard resource for measuring success on the Web.
The session begins with an examination of best practices, including content auditing and conversion tracking.
Sign up for the workshop
Thursday, June 13, 1 - 3 p.m. (Full. Waiting list only.)
Wednesday, July 17, 1 - 3 p.m. (Full. Waiting list only.)
Office hours are available for one-on-one, in-person help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a list of the topics that you need assistance with to schedule a time. If you have an issue that needs immediate attention, use the Support Request Form.
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