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Updates from UIS Web Services

April 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.

The Move to Google Analytics 4

You might have seen an announcement from Google about Google Analytics 4 replacing Universal Analytics. Google Analytics 4 is Google’s next-generation web analytics and measurement tool and is replacing Universal Analytics starting on July 1, 2023.

Who does this apply to?

Sites under Web Services’ Google Analytics account are all using Universal Analytics. Not sure if this applies to you? Check out Google’s instructions on how to check your property type.

What are the next steps?

Web Services is currently working on a transition plan to move sites using Universal Analytics into Google Analytics 4. In the meantime, there are no immediate steps for you to take. We'll be sure to reach out as soon as our plans are finalized.

Feel free to reach out to Web Services with any questions!

WordPress tips and tricks: Page Templates

Abby is a project manager on the Web Services team. In this column, she’ll share tips about how to get the most out of the GU WordPress platform and improve your website. You can email her at as4432@georgetown.edu with topic ideas you’d like to see covered here!
Choosing the right page template can be an important part of creating content for your website. You’ll have different page templates to choose from depending on the theme your site is in. By default, new pages will be set to the content (default) page template. To change your page template:
  1. Open up the page editor.
  2. Open the settings and navigate to the Page tab of the inspector panel.
  3. Under the Template section, use the drop-down menu to select the desired page template.

For sites in the Whitehaven Nu theme 

For sites in WhNu, there are three page templates: Content Page (default), Landing Page, and Landing Page Light.

A content page contains more specific information about a given topic and is typically nested under a landing page (but not always). If a landing page is like a book chapter title, then a content page is like the chapter’s actual content. Visually, a content page is characterized by an optional image at the top of the page, and a contextual menu on the left-hand side of the page if the page has been added to the menu.

Landing pages should be used as a landing point to direct users to more detailed content pages. Visually, a landing page is characterized by a featured image that expands the full width of the page, optional landing page text, and an optional link that displays on top of the featured image.
Annotated landing page with title, text, featured image and landing page link labeled.
Like the regular landing page, the landing page light template will not display the contextual navigation menu on the left side of the page. However, featured images on the landing page light template will not be completely full width like on a regular landing page.
 

For sites in the 1789 theme 

For sites in 1789, there are four page templates: Content Page (default), Landing Page, Chaptered Page, and Parent-Child Page. 

In 1789, Content, Chaptered, and Parent-Child page templates fall into the fixed-width page category, whereas the Landing page template falls under the full-width page category. It’s important to keep in mind which category your page templates fall under as this will impact which blocks should be used. Check out the 1789 Block Component Guide for more information on which blocks pair best with the different page templates.

Just like in Whitehaven Nu, a content page contains more specific information about a given topic. This template is best suited for basic pages that do not require side navigation and are more text-heavy than others. A Contact Us page would be appropriate for this type of
Page.

A chaptered page is a page that can help organize content into digestible bits of content (i.e., a page with internal links). Visually, a chaptered page can be characterized by having a fixed width and left-hand side navigation listing the sections of the page. All content found on this type of page should be related. This page template is great for breaking down a step-by-step process, a breakdown of a program or course, or a breakdown of details for a conference.

A parent-child page is a page that can help organize large pieces of content into separate pages. Note that all content found on these types of pages should be related and organized based on your main audience(s). Similar to the chaptered page, a parent-child page has side navigation to help users navigate through the child pages.

Landing pages can be used to tell a story and introduce users to different topics. For landing pages, think about the overall story you want to use to connect with your audience. This may include calls to action to get your main points of interest across, storytelling blocks to support the page’s goal(s), current news, events to learn more about happenings, and explore more links for other points of interest that help support the main goal(s) of the website. The ordering of the blocks should be based on the most important message that connects first with your audience.

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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