Updates from UIS Web Services

September 2021

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.

WordPress tips and tricks: Parent blocks

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 with topic ideas you’d like to see covered here!
For some of our WordPress blocks like card decks and callouts, there are settings both at the parent block level and at the individual block level. For example, for the Call to Action Card Deck, you have to select the whole deck in order to change the card style for all of the cards or to change the number of cards per row. There are two ways to select the parent block:
  1. By using the list view. The list view button is located in the top left toolbar of the WordPress editor. Clicking on the “list view” button will display a list of all blocks on the page and allows you to select each of them individually.
Screenshot of the list view in the WordPress editor with the parent block highlighted.
  1. By clicking on the parent block’s icon in the editor. The parent block’s icon is located at the far left end of the block’s toolbar next to the child block’s icon.
Screenshot of a Call to Action card in the WordPress editor with the parent and child block's icons highlighted.

Learning how to find a parent block will open up many “Easter egg” settings you might not have noticed before. Happy editing!

WordPress and Accessibility Office Hours

We will continue to hold both Accessibility and WordPress office hours every Tuesday afternoon over Zoom throughout the fall semester.

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.

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