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Updated Brand Guidelines, A Color Overlay Tutorial and New Program Page Templates

Published September 19, 2017 at 3:09 PM PDT

Earlier this month we hosted our quarterly brand marketing workshop. The workshops are open to the campus community and typically include college marketers and preferred vendors for creative and design. 

 

Changes coming soon to Albers and ITS websites

Published September 1, 2017 at 12:09 PM PDT

Albers URLs are changing

Albers School of Business and Economics will be changing the URL of their websites from www.seattleu.edu/albers/ to www.seattleu.edu/business/ in order to increase their website’s search engine optimization (SEO). This change is scheduled to occur next Thursday, September 7.

SEO is a set of techniques to make your website more visible to search engines like Google and Bing; and the more visible or highly ranked your website is to search engines, the more likely you will connect with more, new users. Read our blog post if you want to find out more about SEO and things you can do to increase your SEO using TerminalFour.

Changes coming to Technology Support and ITS websites

All content from www.seattleu.edu/support will be transferred to www.seattleu.edu/its starting on Friday, September 15th at 6pm, the current technology support website (www.seattleu.edu/support) will be removed and all content will be transferred to a redesigned www.seattleu.edu/its. All support content will still be available, but via the main ITS website (www.seattleu.edu/its). The ITS website will also be reorganized to a service catalog format to make it comprehensive and user friendly.

Read this blog post to find out what you need to do to prepare for these upcoming changes

Changes you can make in TerminalFour to Increase your SEO

Published August 31, 2017 at 1:08 PM PDT

Recently, we announced that Albers School of Business and Economics will be changing the URLs of their websites from www.seattleu.edu/albers to www.seattleu.edu/business in order to increase their search engine optimization (SEO).

Many of you may be wondering about your website's SEO and what changes you can make in TerminalFour to increase your SEO, especially those who are actively seeking to reach more prospective students and increase your enrollment.

So the MarCom Web Team has put together this blog post to help you get started.

Included in the blog, we discuss some basics such as "What is SEO?" and keyword research. Then we discuss some aspects of your website that impacts SEO including:

  • URL
  • Page title
  • Metadata (especially meta description and keywords)
  • Content (especially including headings, links, images

We break down how to make these changes in TerminalFour, include lots of resources if you want to learn more about SEO, and lastly we discuss some important things to think about before making changes.

Preventing 404 errors

Published August 31, 2017 at 12:08 PM PDT

As I'm sure you've experienced before, it's frustrating to search for something in a search engine and end up with 404 - File Not Found - errors in the search results.

As content editors, you can prevent your users experiencing this frustration.

This blog post discusses things you should think about before deleting sections or renaming URLs, including how to prevent broken links to and from those sections/content items, and preventing broken links from appearing in search engine results.

July 2017 Updates

Published July 24, 2017 at 4:07 PM PDT

Topics discussed in this month's blog post:

  • Content Type Encyclopedia
  • New content type: Color Box Navigation
  • Web Team Blog
  • Design refresh coming soon!

Using lists to make your content more skimmable

Published July 24, 2017 at 10:07 AM PDT

Website visitors tend not to read long paragraphs of text. Web browsing is a rapid activity, increasingly done while on the go or while the user’s attention is divided. Users prefer to scan down the page, skimming for the information for which they’re looking. Converting paragraphs into lists makes skimming easier.

Tips and tricks for easier navigation in the CMS

Published June 21, 2017 at 1:06 PM PDT

This past spring in our content editors feedback survey, one theme that arose was that many users find it difficult to navigate within the TerminalFour content management system, especially given the large number of folders in our site structure.

So to help, I thought I would share some tips and tricks that I've discovered which make navigating in our TerminalFour CMS a little bit easier, including the Filter tool, Bookmarks, and a few keyboard shortcuts.

Do you still need access? And other news

Published June 2, 2017 at 9:06 AM PDT

Topics discussed in this month's blog post:

  • Who still needs access to TerminalFour?
  • CMS Upgrade
  • Summer training sessions

TerminalFour Offline Tonight

Published April 19, 2017 at 4:04 PM PDT

The TerminalFour CMS will be offline from 6:00pm tonight (Wed, Apr 19) until 8am tomorrow (Thu, Apr 20).

We’re hoping, since this outage is occurring outside of normal business hours, that it won’t be too inconvenient or disruptive for you all.

The good news is that TerminalFour will be offline in order to move to Amazon Web Services (AWS), a new set of servers. This switch is being done to address some issues with file transfers and forms, improve emergency communications, and will result in improvements to the system.

March 2017 Updates

Published March 22, 2017 at 11:03 AM PDT

Topics discussed in this month's blog post:

  • Last call for feedback on TerminalFour
  • New content types launched this month
  • Update on Form Submission Emails

Form Submission Emails Restored

Published March 6, 2017 at 10:03 AM PST

This email is to confirm that TerminalFour engineers were able to restore form submission emails on Friday afternoon.

During the email outage, TerminalFour continued to store your form submissions in T4, in your form’s “submissions” folder.

If you have any questions or concerns about how to retrieve your form submission data from within T4, feel free to drop me a line at otism@seattleu.edu

Form Submission Emails Down

Published March 1, 2017 at 1:03 PM PST

TerminalFour form submission emails are currently down. T4 is aware of the problem and they are working on fixing it right now.

We will keep you posted with updates as we learn more, and our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

"T4 Playground" Clean-up

Published February 22, 2017 at 9:02 AM PST

"T4 Playground” Clean-Up

We are doing an early spring cleaning in the “T4 Playground” (our online training space) and we plan to delete everything in the section. If you have a section within the T4 Playground that you do not want us to delete, please let me know (otism@seattleu.edu) by 12:00pm noon on Monday, February 27th.

Reminder: We are waiting for your feedback!

We would deeply appreciate receiving your feedback about your experience in TerminalFour. Please fill out our very short survey and let us know what improvements you’d like to see in T4.

February 2017 Updates

Published February 14, 2017 at 11:02 AM PST

Topics discussed in this month's blog post:

  • New in TerminalFour
    • CMS Upgrade
    • Social Media Feeds
    • New Banner Option
  • Launch of newly re-designed Seattle University News and The Commons
  • Font changes
  • Upcoming training sessions
  • Give us your feedback!