All posts by Jessica Darga

New WordPress Theme Addition! Introducing Astrid.

Web Services announces a new WordPress theme, Astrid, developed by aThemes.  To get an idea for the look and feel of this new theme, check out the Astrid demo sites built by Web Services: Ocean Impacts and Prof. Haywood. This theme will be available to any site currently in the WordPress network and for new requests.

Astrid features:

  • Splash header image
  • Modern design
  • “Fixed background” image scrolling features
  • “Widgetized” pages / templates
  • Fully mobile responsive
  • Language / Translation ready

Examples of sites that are utilizing the full potential of the Astrid theme features:

icc bsb learn  iranian   green

Astrid relies heavily on the customizer and widgets to build out the optional scrolling pages and you may find that you need some guidance if you’d like to make a switch.  If you’re interested, Web Services staff will be available in Open Labs to talk about the theme and assist with transitioning sites.

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How to Add Google Analytics to Your Site

Google Analytics recently updated their permissions.  Site owners who would like access to their site’s analytics will need to enable their Google Analytics account on their WordPress site.  

We highly recommend setting up Google Analytics—it’s quick and easy.  Having access to the full spectrum of analytics allows you to make data driven decisions about your site’s content and architecture.  A few features you’ll also be able to track are your most popular pages/posts and referral traffic to the site.

Our team can provide you more site support in the future if you have historical data.  This includes analyzing trends in web traffic, determining bounce rates, common searches, and more.

If you’ve used Analytics in the past or have another account in our network please see this post: Adding New Accounts for Current Analytics Users

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For Current Analytics Users: How to Add a New Analytics Account

You may already be an avid analytics admin or you may have only signed in one time a while back—either way,  you’re already setup with analytics.  If you have a new website, connecting it to a new analytics account is a good idea.

For anyone who has signed into analytics in the past or who has analytics on another site in our network these steps to create a new account are for you:

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WordPress Option for CTools Project Sites

By now all of the CTools Course sites have been migrated to Canvas.  ITS is currently piloting the plan to decommission CTools Project Sites and developing a timeline to migrate project sites to other platforms.  You may already be aware of ITS’s plans to decommission CTools Project sites.  However, if this is  news to you, check out this post from ITS for more information: Have a CTools Project Site?  Time to  Move it! 

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How to Add a New User to Your Site

Our WordPress multisite network uses the Shibboleth Plugin to authorize new Umich users in the network upon signing in.  The person logging in uses their uniqname and kerberos password as their WordPress login credentials and their user profile is created automatically.  WordPress Multisite is set up this way for security reasons and to be compatible with UM’s network. This allows for a single sign on when using UM web resources.  For example, if your are in one browser signed in to your UM gmail account and then open another tab to log into your WordPress site, you will automatically be authenticated and logged into WordPress.

However, because WordPress is set up this way – all new users must initially log into the network to have their profile synched with the UM network.  Then after logging in, they can be successfully added to a site as an “existing user.”

Steps to Add a New User

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Event Calendar Issue Resolved!

** UPDATE: This issue has been resolved **

The plugin update 2.1.5 for the All-in-one event calendar by Timely has conflicted with our system.  Clicking into an event takes the visitor to a missing link page.  We are currently working with their support team to get this issue resolved and to bring back the event detail pages.  Because this plugin updates the database we are not able to roll it back at this time.  We’ll keep you posted on updates and also let you know when the issue is resolved.  Please email with any questions.

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