Need help with the template? We have tried to address many of your questions in the FAQ’s below:


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How do I find out about updates to the template?

WordPress template version 1.4 released in March 2013 has an update notification system built in to the theme. For more information about the HTML template it is best to sign up for the WEB-MANAGERS-L@LISTS.UFL.EDU list-serve. For instructions on how to do so see: http://nersp.osg.ufl.edu/~asr/listserv-basics.html.

What type of resources are available to help with our Web site?

The CITT is available to assist you with your site. You may download the Word Press or HTML tutorials at http://www.it.ufl.edu/webservices/; email: webmaster@ufl.edu or call for an appointment at 352-273-4902.

Do I have to use this template?

No, there is no presidential mandate to use this interim design of the UF homepage. Colleges and units are welcome to utilize this interim design, or wait until the conclusion of the full reimplementation and use that design. It is up to the individual college or unit's choice and available resources, whether they want to implement this template.

What are the identity guidelines for using this template?

Any questions, comments or approval requests regarding UF's identity and signature system should be emailed to: identity@admin.ufl.edu. The present Web standards are available at:http://identity.ufl.edu/web/.

The main bar - the institutional navigation - links to the general UF links, right?

Yes, the links there are standardized across the university.

If our IT department is thinking about using a CMS other than WordPress, would we be able to use the templates down the line? Will they be compatible?

You can use elements of the HTML & CSS templates to build your own theme for whatever CMS you choose. A reminder to campus: WordPress may or may not be the choice the sub-committee selects for the campus CMS. Moving from any CMS to a different CMS is no easy task. Depending on what CMS is chosen we may or may not be able to write migration scripts to facilitate the process.

We can do more right now with WordPress than we can with HTML, right?

The benefit of WordPress is that all your information is in a database. If the future CMS is WordPress all your data is still there you just need to apply a new theme. WordPress also supports workflow and the ability for non technical users to edit or create pages easily. The benefit of HTML is the lower learning curve for customization. Easier to theme existing applications.

We have a lot of units that use the old template. Can Web Services provide the expertise and resources to develop out a new site?

Yes, Web Services works with individual colleges and units to design and build Web sites. Please email webmaster@ufl.edu to set up a meeting so the Web Services team can work up a cost estimate.

In the interim, at the university level, how well is the CMS working for homepage content?

The CMS works very well because it frees up developers from having to do all the editing. Developers can work on adding additional functionality and creating new applications.

Can our faculty who have their own sites copy the code and use it?

Yes, we encourage that!

Is the template Mobile friendly?

This design works on Mobile but it is not responsive. Web Services plans to make the design responsive as part of the next major redesign.

Is there a template that works with Dreamweaver?

At the time of this writing there is no Dreamweaver template.

Is JavaScript required?

JavaScript is required to use both the HTML and WordPress templates. The menus, slider, stacker, and even the CSS styling for HTML5 elements require JavaScript to be enabled.

How well do the templates degrade to older browsers specifically IE?

The templates will work well down to IE 7 as long as JavaScript is enabled. The templates won't work in IE 6. (UF doesn't support it anyway.)

How can we best facilitate updates to the institutional navigation bar?

Web Services will push out updates via the WEB-MANAGERS-L@LISTS.UFL.EDU list-serv for all template changes. We plan to place the institutional nav somewhere so users can screen scrape the information if they choose.

Will there be change sets to the templates?

Yes. The template is in a repository. Currently only web services staff has access. We are in the process of determining the best course of action to push out the changes as they occur.

I need to set up a full database system now. What guarantees do I have that the reimplementation will work with what I am doing now?

The CMS sub-committee is looking at vendors now. While no guarantees can be made, we hope that whatever CMS is selected it will allow for migration from WordPress.

Are all of the Photoshop files included in the templates?

There are no Photoshop files available at this time.

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How do I add a custom departmental logo to template?

No unique logos are permitted. Contact identity@admin.ufl.edu if you have questions. To alter the logo in HTML see the edit logo tutorial.

How do I get the template to run on IIS with Server Side Includes?

This template should be compatible with IIS except for the date modified variable which needs to be updated with IIS server variable code. If your department does not allow includes to run on IIS the file extensions can all be changed to .cshtml and includes can be replaced using the @RenderPage(filename.shtml) function. Ex:http://www.asp.net/web-pages/tutorials/working-with-pages/3-creating-a-consistent-look.

How do I view the HTML template using WAMP on Windows?

Install WAMP from http://www.wampserver.com/en/ Go to c:/wamp/bin/apache/Apache2.2.21/conf/ and edit the httpd.conf file and remove the # from in front of "Include conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf" to un-comment the line and save your changes Go to c:/wamp/bin/apache/Apache2.2.21/conf/extra/ and edit the httpd-vhosts.conf file Edit DocumentRoot to point to your file location usually "c:/wamp/www/name-of-folder-with-html-template/" ex. c:/wamp/www/uftemplate/. Edit ServerName to be whatever you want usually something like localhost.uftemplate and save your changes. Go to c:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc/ and open the hosts file. Add another line localhost.uftemplate the same name you put for ServerName in the httpd-vhosts.conf file. When you try to save the file it will probably tell you you can't so copy the contents of the file and past it into another file and save it as hosts.txt. After saving the file edit the file name and remove the .txt extension. Paste the file in place of the existing host file you tried to edit before. Stop and restart WAMP so your config, vhost, and host changes take effect and go to localhost.uftemplate in your browser.

Is their an 'expand collapse' menu option for the HTML template?

After the January 27, 2012 presentation Web Services staff wrote a script to accomplish this. It is now part of the template.

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How do I add a custom departmental logo to the template?

No unique logos are permitted. Contact identity@admin.ufl.edu if you have questions.

In the WordPress template, are there any restrictions or checks and balances flow so we don't have everyone going in and trying to add or edit posts?

Yes, in WordPress you can assign roles - author, editor, etc. - to manage the content of your site. WordPress has various roles to assign to users. These roles give different access to the WordPress Dashboard areas. To learn more about each role and its capabilities visit the WordPress Codex: http://codex.wordpress.org/Roles_and_Capabilities.

If you have a CNS-hosted virtual Web site can you also get WordPress site? Is it provided by them as part of the fee?

WordPress is not provided - you have to take steps to download a WordPress instance and upload it to the server. For information on hosting and MySQL databases visit OSG's website: http://open-systems.ufl.edu/hosting.

Will the WordPress template work with other products?

The WordPress template is designed to work only with WordPress. It will not work with other products.

Do we have any general forms built to consume feed data?

WordPress has built in widgets for loading RSS feed data. There are no general forms built to push out to campus. Contact Web Services and we can provide some recommended plug-ins for forms.

How are we notified of a new WordPress theme?

As of version 1.4 released in March 2013 there is now an update notification system built in to the theme.

Is there support available for database management?

No. Custom, post-type frameworks may be available.

How well does WordPress play with multi-site (also known as Networks)?

Well! The original set-up from UF&Shands was set up this way, so everything should work fine. For more information on WordPress networks visit the Codex: http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network

How does WordPress do backups? Has it been an issue?

By default WordPress itself does not do backups. There are several plug-ins available to create database backups. OSG also does nightly backups if the site is hosted with them. Backup frequency should be in accordance to your business needs.

Are there security issues with WordPress?

The best thing you can do is keep WordPress up-to-date! The majority of security issues are actually due to plugins used with WordPress.

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