News & Announcements

The latest updates regarding UCSF websites, as well as best practices and tips for getting the most out of your web presence.


Fall 2017: Improvements to UCSF Site Builder

September 26, 2017

We have a new set of features available in Site Builder to help make your site shine. New improvements are:

Sticky Navigation Bar:
Help users navigate your site by keeping the top navigation bar in place as they scroll down a page.

Colored Boxes:
Add a splash of color to your 2-column or 3-column content by selecting from 6 different colors per column area.

Collapsible Content or FAQs:
If you have information you’d like to hide by default, such as an FAQ, you can now add it to any page.

Multiple Buttons:
There are now a wide variety of buttons, both large and small. Each button has an optional full-width version, which is wonderful for consistent styling in smaller areas like sidebar blocks or columns.

 


Summer 2017: Improvements to UCSF Site Builder

August 24, 2017

UCSF Site Builder will be updated on Monday, August 28, 2017 with improved tablet layout, typography, spacing and logo compression, as well as the following new features:

Adjustable Homepage Banner Animation Speed:
Tailor animation by choosing from a range of transition speeds, or turning off autoplay altogether.

Buttons:
Encourage a user to take action by adding a large or small button. 

Custom CSS Module:
Add custom CSS without modifying the underlying style sheet.

"See More" Block Buttons:
Allow users to navigate quickly and easily from commonly used blocks like News or Events.

Automatic Profile Photos:
All profiles will pull in an associated image from UCSF Profiles, which can be replaced, if desired.

Automatic Redirects:
Aliases and URLs can change without losing traffic or creating dead links.

 


New Web Hosting Recharge for Custom Websites

June 19, 2017

IT has been providing free, managed, cloud web hosting since 2011. The hosting program has been a larger success than anticipated. In that time, the number of sites we host has increased from 21 sites to nearly 1,000 Drupal sites today.
 
With the increased quantity and complexity of UCSF websites, hosting costs have increased as well. This is primarily due to the added hardware and security measures that IT has added to its hosting service to ensure maximum uptime and security for UCSF websites.
 
All of these services come at a cost which has outstripped our subsidy from the University. To properly resource the web hosting, IT Governance has approved a modest hosting charge for custom websites. That cost will be $50/month for fiscal year 2017-18.
 
Only websites that use a custom theme – including Starter Kit 1.0 websites that have not upgraded to Starter Kit 2.0 – will be subject to the $50 monthly charge beginning July 1, 2017. UCSF Site Builder websites will still be hosted free of charge for the foreseeable future.
 
Find more information about how IT defines “custom websites."

 


Starter Kit 1.0 Migration Completed

May 31, 2017

IT has migrated over 200 Starter Kit 1.0 websites to a newer design in line with UCSF design standards, called Starter Kit 2.0.

During that process, IT ran into two main issues:

Orange Starter Kit 1.0 Themes

screenshot of an orange-themed Starter Kit 1.0 site
Example of an orange theme of Starter Kit 1.0.

Starter Kit 1.0 sites with the orange theme (pictured right) were not automatically migrated because that theme has been customized. Those site owners will need to manually upgrade their website by following these simple steps.

Display of Site Names

IT noticed a number of websites were missing their Site Name identification on the site and were only showing the default UCSF logo, which is not how UCSF branded sites should look. They tweaked some sites via script to enable the Site Name in the upper left portion of the header.

This could cause a couple problems:

  • Many sites never updated the Site Name, and it still says “Starter Kit."
  • If the site name is very long, the navigation will be pushed to the right. In this case, you will want to use a shorter name for your site.

In both cases, the problem can be fixed by logging into the site as an administrator. Go to Configuration -> System -> Site Information to check and edit your Site Name details.
 
Once the site name is updated, go back to your homepage and verify the site name and other elements are to your liking.

 


Update on Starter Kit 1.0 Website Upgrade

May 5, 2017

About 193 Starter Kit 1.0 sites have been successfully migrated, and IT expects to complete the remaining migrations by Monday, May 8.
 
For most websites, layout and format did not dramatically change; you should see improvements to the site’s overall look and feel, which include changes to your site’s header region, overall color scheme and homepage. IT has noticed an issue with the main UCSF logo appearing in place of the website’s name in the header section – they are currently working to restore the proper website name to that area.
 
If Starter Kit 1.0 admins haven’t already done so, please check your site asap to ensure there are no other formatting or display issues. If you see any major problems, please contact John.Kealy@ucsf.edu.

 


Starter Kit 1.0 Websites to Be Automatically Upgraded on May 1

April 5, 2017

On Monday, May 1st, IT will be automatically upgrading all Starter Kit 1.0 websites to Starter Kit 2.0. For most websites, layout and format is not expected to dramatically change. You will see improvements to the site’s overall look and feel, which will include:

  • Changes to the look of the main navigation
  • Updated color scheme
  • New homepage carousel

While IT doesn't anticipate any problems, admins should check their websites after 5 p.m. on May 1 to make sure the upgrade is successful. They may need to make very minor formatting adjustments.

Not sure if your website is impacted? Check this list to see if your website is Starter Kit 1.0, Starter Kit 2.0 or Custom.

If admins don’t want to wait, they can make the upgrade now by following these simple steps.
 
If a Starter Kit 1.0 website is significantly customized, or if admins see any major problems with their site after the May 1 upgrade, please contact John.Kealy@ucsf.edu.