For faculty and staff
County Web page transition progress
July 18 Dade County
July 14 Lawrence, McDonald and Stone County sites launched
June 30 Maries and Knox County sites launched
June 29 Madison, Montgomery and Shelby County sites launched
June 6 Gasconade and Buchanan County sites launched
May 25 Camden, Jasper, Howell and Pettis County sites launched
May 12 Greene and Crawford County sites launched
May 1 Cedar, Wright and Johnson County site launched
April 25 Upgrades to system completed. See change notes
Macon, Pulaski, Schuyler and Sullivan launched their pages
St. Clair County site launched
Miller, Pulaski and Harrison launched their pages
Texas County site launched
Andrew, Dent, Putnam and Osage launched their pages in the new format.
Bates, Chariton and Franklin Counties launched.
Caldwell, Daviess, Grundy, Lincoln, Linn and Pike County sites launched.
Linn, Livingston and St. Charles counties launched in the new format.
The following counties launched in the new design: Atchison, Clinton, Gentry, Holt, Mercer, Nodaway and Worth.
County website training has been scheduled through February. Use the ISE system in WebApps to register for training. Part 1 (Strategies and goals for county Web pages) is a prerequisite for Part 2 (Website tools).
Several new editorial styles have been added. New items are denoted by a datestamp at the beginning of the rule that indicates when they were added.
Ste. Genevieve and Clark County pages have launched in the new format.
A field to input office hours has been added to the county "Location" page.
We've restructured the Adobe Connect training into two sessions.
Session 1 is an overview of the new county Web pages and how they integrate with the overall MU Extension site; the expectations on staff for professional, high-quality pages; emphasis on "less is more" and a walkthrough of guidelines and styles that will be enforced for new county Web pages. All regional faculty and staff are encouraged to attend Session 1 so they have a clear understanding of the goals and expectations for the county web pages.
Session 2 is an introduction to the new WebAdmin tool, used for building and maintaining the county web pages. Regional faculty and staff who will be creating or updating web pages must attend this session.
We expect to offer each session of the training at least twice per month from November through the spring. The schedule will be posted on the Web team page.
Eileen Yager began working with counties on content conversion, editing and proofing pages. Karissa Scott will also be proofreading pages. All county pages will be proofed for spelling, grammar, punctuation and adherence to styles prior to being launched in the new format.
Editors will continue monitoring Web page changes through WebAdmin. County Web maintainers will get an e-mail about the changes if they are more than just typos. We want to help you provide the best possible representation of MU Extension on the Web.
Kate Akers is providing technical support for WebAdmin, so if you have any questions, problems using it, find any bugs or have suggestions for improvement, please contact Kate.
John Myers added a section to the subpage metadata that controls secondary menus on local programming subpages. Use these settings to configure your menus.
Here is a screen shot of the metadata section:
So, suppose this is a page about Master Gardener volunteer
opportunities. You would want it to display as a subpage of your
main Master Gardener page, which is a navigation link on the "Local
programming" menu. You would select "No" for displaying it as
a Local programming menu item, then choose "Master Gardeners"
in the pull-down, so it is associated with that menu item and page.
Then choose Yes to display it as a submenu item. The menu will look like this on the Master Gardener page:
NOTE: The submenu will only appear when the appropriate Local programming page is displayed. Submenus will not display on the county home page.
The new Lewis County pages are now live. Great job, Chris Coy!
Jefferson County launched their newly retooled pages. Well done, Kathy Maddox.
Changes to WebAdmin:
Timeout length was increased on subpages and the county home page. You now have 170 minutes until you are logged out. At that point, you will not be able to save your changes.
A timeout counter will show in the status bar at the bottom edge of the browser window IF you have extension.missouri.edu added to your trusted local Internet sites in IE, and a configuration setting must be changed in Firefox. (Go to instructions)
June 25, 2010
Adair County launches pages in WebAdmin
Congratulations to Vanessa Miller, office manager for Adair County. She worked very hard to get the Adair County pages converted to the new WebAdmin system. She provided great feedback during the process, which helped us fix several bugs and usability problems and gave us great ideas for new features to add.
County Web page transition under way
After a long process of evaluating commercial content management software systems and not finding one that met our needs or was customizable enough, ETCS has developed a custom solution for county pages. The first version of the new Web authoring tool, called WebAdmin, is now being used by a pilot group of six counties.
The Web team conducted one Adobe Connect training session with county staff who are beginning their Web page conversion. During this phase, we are identifying strengths and weaknesses of the system, correcting functionality and usability problems, and writing help files. In an effort to raise the editorial quality of all of our Web content, we are also posting Web publishing guidelines and editorial style for all MU Extension websites.