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Updates from UIS Web Services

March 2022

A cache is the topmost level of your browser’s memory, where all of your most-used information is stored for fast and easy access. Think: the info you write on a Post-it and stick to your computer versus info you put in a Google Doc and can’t find later.

This newsletter aims to be your web-editing cache. Only the information you need to know; easy access. No deep-dive (or dictionary) required.

Introducing a new theme: 1789

We are very excited to announce that we have a new theme available in our Georgetown shared templates! This new theme, affectionately known as 1789, after the founding year of the University, brings the beautiful appearance of the georgetown.edu and the Walsh School of Foreign Service, to all content editors. The new theme incorporates major improvements in architecture and scalability as well as the addition of new components used by our existing sites. In addition, we have revamped and created some new blocks to make editing your content easier and more efficient. 

Who is this for?

This theme is best suited for promotional sites with an emphasis on media and imagery and will benefit from content adjustments including rewriting headlines and descriptions to conform to character length limits, rethinking the layout of landing pages, and choosing compelling visuals that work with a new set of requirements accompanying the design. The 1789 theme is not well suited for information-heavy resource-type sites, which are a better fit for the current theme they are using.  

If you have or are interested in creating great content and you want a site that supports this, the 1789 theme is for you: content is king. However, don’t fret, switching to the 1789 theme is completely voluntary! We will of course continue to support and improve our existing WordPress Whitehaven theme going forward. We are confident that it can continue to serve a broad range of Georgetown sites well.

If you’d like to learn more about the new theme and check out the new design and blocks, we have a 1789 documentation site as well as a 1789 component guide. Furthermore, we have a few sites that have launched with the 1789 theme. You can see it in action, by visiting The Earth Commons and Common Home websites. The Earth Commons website is using the main 1789 theme, which can be used for schools or top level websites. The Common Home website is using an ever-so-slightly different variation of the 1789 theme, “1789 Unit,” which can be used for unit, department, program, or other secondary level websites. 

Reach out to webservices@georgetown.edu if you have any questions or if you’d like to set up a consultation with us about moving your website to, or creating a new site with, the 1789 theme!
 

WordPress and Accessibility Office Hours

We will continue to hold both Accessibility and WordPress office hours every Tuesday afternoon. Please note that all office hours appointments will be held over Zoom only for the time being.

WordPress office hours appointments are every Tuesday, 2:30–3:30 p.m. via Zoom. You can sign up for an appointment slot (for any future office hours date!) here. Please note that we are unable to accommodate unscheduled appointments.

You can talk through accessibility-related questions with Kevin Andrews, electronic and information technology accessibility coordinator, on Zoom every Tuesday from 2–3 p.m. You can use this link to schedule an accessibility office hours appointment.

How did you get this number?

You’re receiving this email because you are listed as a primary or secondary contact for your website. If you believe you’re receiving this message in error, or you are no longer responsible for editing a website that uses a shared Georgetown template, please let us know by replying to this email.

Still have questions? Comments? Email us at webservices@georgetown.edu.

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