January 31 website basics training

Sign up for Bellevue College Website Training Tuesday, January 31 2017 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm in D240L (on the second floor of the Library).

This is a basic training on the essentials of working with our Content Management System (CMS). It is a great refresher or first time training. We will be paying special attention to accessibility and content requirements.

This training is limited to 34 participants, but don’t worry, we will be offering this again soon.

Sign Up for this Training!

December 13 Website Basics Training

We took a few months off, but we’re back!

Sign up for Bellevue College Website Training Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm in A109.

This is a basic training on the essentials of working with our Content Management System (CMS). It is a great refresher or first time training.

This training is limited to 12 participants, but don’t worry, we will be offering this again soon.

December Session is full. We will be scheduling additional training soon!

Main BC website updated to WordPress 4.6.x

We have updated the main Bellevue College website to WordPress 4.6.x ‘Pepper’!

This is a pretty small update; the main new feature is that WordPress now checks links when you create them. For more information on WordPress Pepper, see the announcement on WordPress.org.

WordPress 4.6 “Pepper”

Note: Those who track these sorts of things may note that WordPress 4.7 was just released; we generally run about 1 version behind to allow time for stability testing.

 

Change in how Tabs are handled

We have switched the plugin we use to handle tabs within pages on the Bellevue College website. The plugin we had previously used lacked flexibility, and was no longer being maintained by its developer.

All sites that use this functionality have been transitioned to using a new plugin, which provides better accessibility and functionality.

This plugin also allows users to utilize the full Bootstrap library of functionality through shortcodes. While not all functionality may work optimally, this is a big step towards making advanced layouts much more convenient to work with.

For more information on the new plugin we are using, see the Bootstrap Shortcodes for WordPress plugin in the WordPress repository. Many thanks to the developers of this plugin for making it available!

Theme Update – Sidebars and more!

We have just released version 2.12 of our BC Mayflower theme, which means new updates and features for all BC official websites.

This time we have focused on:

  • Re-designing sidebars!
    • Sub-menus will now collapse in sidebar navigation menus
    • Everything has a slightly more cohesive look and feel
    • Several sidebar widgets that did not look or function correctly have been fixed (mainly archives and categories when using a dropdown menu)
    • We are transitioning to a different Twitter widget provider- this paves the way
  • Better styling in the Visual editor
  • Behind the scenes fixes
    • Allow settings to be configured on single site wordpress installs
    • Heading tweaks

June 1 Website Basics training

Sign up for Bellevue College Website Training Tuesday, June 1, 2016 from 10:00am – 11:30am in A109.

This is a basic training on the essentials of working with our Content Management System (CMS). It is a great refresher or first time training.

This training is limited to 12 participants, but don’t worry, we will be offering this again soon.

To sign up, please use SkillPort to register for the class. Need help logging in to SkillPort? SkillPort resources are here.

Instructions:

  • Log in to SkillPort
  • Click ‘Instructor Led Training Sessions‘ under ‘Upcoming Events’
  • Click the ‘BC Website Administrator Essentials‘ class
  • Click ‘Enroll‘ next to the June 1 session

Website Theme Updated (Mayflower 2.9)

We have released version 2.9 of the Mayflower theme that powers the front-end of Bellevue College’s websites. This is a small, focused release with the following updates:

  • Prevent top menus from breaking if sub-menu items are added. Previously adding a sub-item on a menu displayed in the menu bar would cause the menu bar to break, and odd-looking links to display. These sub-menu items will no longer display.
  • Better ancestor highlighting in top menu bar. Sometimes if you were on a child page whose parent was in the main top menu, the parent would no longer appear as ‘active’ or ‘selected’.
  • Accessibility and functionality improvements for CampusCE Connection. We are working with Continuing Education to bring them into our content management system; these updates allow for a better connection to the CampusCE system they use for course catalog and registration.

Behind the scenes…

We’ve improved how widgets and widget areas are added to the page, giving us more flexibility on how we can work with these areas programatically. Nothing exciting and user-facing, but will open the door for better functionality and easier maintenance in the future.