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  • Additional Sitefinity Content Management System classes scheduled

    January 29, 2019, 13:08 PM by Pep Valdes

    UTMB will be offering additional web development classes to support digital initiatives across the university. The next round of classes will run through April.

    Two classes will offered; the classes are two- and three-hours long respectively, and are repeated on multiple dates.

    The first is an Introduction to the Sitefinity Content Management System (CMS), UTMB’s primary web publishing platform. This class is for all UTMB website developers, designers, content authors and editors working in or with an interest in the Sitefinity CMS. The session is designed to help participants establish a solid foundation for their new web projects using Sitefinity, and provides important fundamentals for those working with the tool.

    The introductory class offers an overview of the tool, shows the CMS dashboard and primary tools, and describes the templates, navigation and types of pages and content. It also covers preferred browsers, logging into the tool, content creation (images, content blocks, lists and news), creating pages, adding content, publishing and viewing pages, and testing the mobile qualities of pages.

    The second class, the Sitefinity Intermediate Workshop, expands on these topics. It provides an overview of working with templates, explores layout options, feature boxes, image galleries, navigation options, categories and tags, advanced list options, and adding CSS. The introductory class is a prerequisite for the intermediate workshop.

    The classes will be hosted in person on the Galveston Campus:

    Dates and Times

    Sitefinity Introductory Training Class:
    Tuesday, February 19, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Tuesday, March 19, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, April 16, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

    Sitefinity Intermediate Training Class:
    Tuesday, March 5, 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
    Tuesday, April 2, 1 - 4 p.m.
    Tuesday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.


    1.179 Primary Care Pavilion Training Room

    To register for these Sitefinity Content Management System classes, please visit the Information Services Training Gateway. Search for “Sitefinity” under the “By Application” search field.

    The classes are free, but class size is limited and registration is required. Please note: There is a fee for parking at the Primary Care Pavilion and validation is not offered; if you are on campus, you may consider using the free UTMB Campus Shuttle.

    These classes are a collaboration between Information Services and Marketing & Communications.

  • Important web change and upcoming learning opportunities

    July 17, 2018, 15:59 PM by Eduardo Valdes
    I shared a message with our web admins about a few important events coming up. That message (with some updates) is below:

    iUTMB going intranet-only: On Wednesday, July 25,  the university’s internal home page will become available exclusively via our intranet. iUTMB is the university’s internal home page for faculty, staff and students; it serves up a long list of commonly referenced links and employee/student news. Although iUTMB is designed for our internal audience, it is currently available to the public. The change next week will enhance web performance and improve security and reliability. Users on the UTMB network (or logged in via our VPN) will not notice a difference; page visitors outside our network will see a new public portal. Learn more at:

    TechTalk:  Our next TechTalk—scheduled for July 24 at noon in Levin Hall South—will feature an overview of Select Survey and Poll Everywhere, two free-to-use applications that make it easy to get feedback from your customers and audiences. Attendees can expect a brief overview of each tool, instructions on how to access and use them, and will see interactive demonstrations. Get details at:

    Sitefinity Training: Upcoming classes will offer an introduction to the Sitefinity Content Management System (CMS), UTMB’s primary web publishing platform. The classes are for all UTMB website developers, designers, content authors and editors working in or with an interest in the Sitefinity CMS. The two-hour intro training session is free, but class size is limited and registration is required. Our sessions in July and August are now full, and we're looking for dates for additional classes in September.Get details at:

  • Training survey coming soon

    June 9, 2016, 17:44 PM by Pep Valdes

    We were planning to host a few additional Sitefinity training sessions in late May, and here we are in June. No one’s come after us with pitchforks yet, so I’m hoping/thinking that the time we spent developing online training materials and videos is paying off. Websites are getting built; there are now more than 75 UTMB sites using Sitefinity, and the number grows each week. However, we know people learn in different ways, and the in-person training is always a great opportunity for members of our web development community to meet each other and talk, and that’s always a bonus.

    We’re putting a short survey online to get a better sense of what sort of training people are most interested in. Because training is a “side project” for us and we have our own pages to build and update, we want to be sure we’re aligning our efforts with users’ greatest interests and needs. We’ll post the survey here and send an email message out when it’s ready.

  • Sitefinity: Update on training, where we are today

    April 7, 2016, 17:41 PM by Pep Valdes

    This morning we were working with a user new to our CMS, and as we listened to her project needs and were able to rattle off solutions, I caught myself in one of those neat moments of realization. This thing is real, and while there’s still a lot of work to do, an incredible amount has already been done and put in place. As of last Monday, we had about 50 Sitefinity www sites in production, and another seven intranet sites up and running. To the great people on my team, in IS and across the university who’ve contributed to getting us here, THANK YOU.

    We’ve  been asked several times about our next round of “in person” classes. As we’re also users of the tool, we’ve shifted gears and are spending several weeks moving a lot of our institutional content into the platform. However, we are planning to schedule additional classes in the second half of May. The dates are not set yet; we may actually do some polling to see what level of class people need/want most.

    However, no need to wait. We have some great resources online to help you get started whenever you are ready:

  • They took the “I” out of internet

    April 6, 2016, 17:40 PM by Pep Valdes

    If developing written content (for web or anything else) is part of your job, you probably know what a styleguide is, and you likely know that UTMB ascribes to a slightly customized version of what’s dictated by the Associated Press guide, the AP Stylebook. The guides outlines a standard set of rules for when to use commas, what gets capitalized, which abbreviations are ok (or is it OK?), preferred spellings, (note use of illegal Oxford comma) and so on.

    The wordy wizards at AP just announced that effective June 1, “internet” and “web” will cease to be capitalized. It’s the dawn of a new day.

  • Sessions full for intermediate Sitefinity training

    February 2, 2016, 17:37 PM by Pep Valdes
    All slots are now full for the Feb. 11 Sitefinity training. We are looking into opening up a couple additional seats. If you’d like to be put on the waiting list, drop a note to
  • “Introduction to Sitefinity” now online

    February 2, 2016, 17:36 PM by Pep Valdes

    A high-level introduction for people new to the Sitefinity content management system was hosted Jan. 20. It provided a general project update and overview, defined roles and types of users, and more. The session is now online and may be viewed below:

    Here are meeting materials for your review: