We're off and running

To quote Bagheera from The Jungle Book, “Well, it’s happened. It took a little longer than I thought, but, it’s happened.” As I promised back in May, this is the first post in the new CSUB Web Communications blog. I would have had this up and running sooner, but coming up with a suitable title took longer than I thought! (joke)

The purpose of this blog has evolved since I originally announced it. Initially, I had intended for this blog to simply be an extension of the training resources available and include topics such as WCMS tips and web best practices. After some consideration, I’ve decided that in addition I’ll be using this space to communicate upcoming enhancements to the site, announce site changes, make liaison announcements, gather feedback and more.

Speaking of gathering feedback, as you may know, the WCMS doesn’t include “out of the box” blog functionality. To make this blog happen within the WCMS, a new template had to be created (based on two other templates) and coupled with the popular feedback gathering web application DISQUS (a free service). If you’ve visited almost any news site on the web recently, you may have noticed that many are now using this service to gather and display comments. I’ve decided to integrate this into this blog to see if it could be something we could use in other settings.

DISQUS allows commenters to login and reply via Facebook, Twitter, Google or a dedicated DISQUS account.  Please note that all comments must be approved by me before they will appear on this page. If you’re interested in implementing DISQUS somewhere on your site, let me know and we can discuss the particulars (sorry for the pun).

I will also be attempting to utilize a WCMS backend function called “Publish Triggers,” which, after some programming, will automatically notify you when I’ve posted to this blog. This has not yet been setup, but is something I’ll be working in the near future. I’m working to verify the full capabilities of “Publish Triggers,” but the Cascade Server Knowledge Base suggests that they can be used to notify a variety of users when a page has been updated or a particular type of page is published. So, again, if this is something you think you can implement into your site, let me know.

Thank you for your continued work on your website and, as always, please let me know if you have any comments or concerns.

Stacey Childress
CSUB Web Communications Manager

Full disclosure: I have a 13-month-old son who loves The Jungle Book. On our last two trips to LA, he’s all but demanded to watch it on the iPad during the drive. I just about have the entire movie memorized, which I thought would be totally useless. I stand corrected.

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