Want to know what you can do on the new SMC website even before the launch in October? The Web Planning Committee has set up a timeline for the final stages of the redesign project and has identified several stages that Salli users will find useful in the final weeks before the launch:
Available Now: Basic page content functions
Campus web curators are already able to edit basic page content, such as opening paragraphs and body text, and to upload PDF/Excel/Word documents and add images. The first priority now is editing, rewriting or creating new text. Here’s an explanation of why the opening paragraph is larger than the rest of the basic text, and here’s an example of a page with a newly written opening paragraph, courtesy of Media Relations Director Mike McAlpin.
September 1: Full-featured data entry for dynamic content
On September 1, it will be possible to create all of the “dynamic” types of content, which include stories[t1] (like this story about KSOE dean Phyllis Metcalf-Turner), events, announcements, image galleries, stand-alone videos, alumni testimonials, videos and more. You’ll be able to create these pieces of dynamic content and immediately view them in their final form. Here’s an explanation of what a “dynamic content item” is.
September 15 : Full implementation of database-driven content elements
These include area homepage headers, highlight boxes for advanced content types, upcoming event lists and more. Many of these elements appear in the right and left sidebars, and the majority of them will be automatically[t2] filled in with previously created dynamic content (which can be entered into the system starting September 1). In almost every case, the first step for campus web curators will be deciding which sidebar elements to turn on.
Homepage headers will require some thought and energy to populate, so we encourage you to take the first two stages of Salli training with Interactive Media Specialist Sara LaFassett (https://smcnet.stmarys-ca.edu/salli-training/index.php), then contact Web Editor Mike Jung to set up an advanced content consultation on populating your area’s homepage before September 15.
September 15-October 1: Testing and quality control
This process will be aided if Salli is fully stocked with content by September 15 and campus web curators begin actively working on their area’s homepages and sidebars by the same date.
Our sincere thanks to all for your continued patience and collaboration. We have a lot to accomplish before publicly launching the new site, but we're confident that our efforts will bear spectacular fruit.
Mike Jung, Web Editor
Office of College Communications