The UTMB Web Blog Tips, tech and news for the UTMB web community

  • 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:

  • New map, provider search tool being introduced today

    New map, provider search tool being introduced today

    February 1, 2016, 17:33 PM by Pep Valdes

    We’re soliciting feedback on a new physician/provider search tool and new interactive campus map. Versions of both are now live and available for your review. Here are details:

    New physician and provider search

    A beta version of a new UTMB Health provider search website is being introduced. The directory current includes nearly 400 providers and features locations, photos, patient ratings and more (additional providers—eventually including residents—will be added).

    • The tool is integrated with a tool already used by faculty, managed by the Provost’s Office. Provider’s data for the search is tied to and will be updated in POWER.
    • The provider ratings are sourced from patient feedback via Press-Ganey surveys; results are published to the provider search site only if the provider has received at least 30 patient reviews in the past 12 months.
    • An extensive keyword list is being refined with input from administrators and faculty. These keywords will allow very granular and targeted searches.
    • The site is mobile device-compatible and compatible with all PC and Mac browsers.
    • This is phase 1 of the project; additional features and capabilities are in development.

    We need and welcome feedback. Send comments or questions about the new search tool to POWER Support.

    New campus map

    A new interactive map featuring all three UTMB campuses and all UTMB locations is also being introduced. It is mobile friendly, searchable, and can be edited in real time by project administrators. The map is built over the very familiar Google Maps platform. Some features users may wish to explore:

    • Use the search to find various UTMB locations.
    • Panoramas and Google Street View are enabled for numerous locations.
    • The map supports interior floorplans and plans exist to add to the ones currently available.
    • Users can get directions or share a view/link to any specific site.
    • The map supports virtual tours; additional tours are being developed.
    • The map can be embedded in existing web sites.

    Please preview the map and send your questions or feedback to

    The new map and directory are part of a web suite of tool and updates that were introduced in May 2015. Called the “Web Reboot,” the larger project includes mobile site templates, web link and spelling validation, a digital image library, new guidelines and page requirements, social media changes, and training and tutorials to support the web development community and those they serve. To learn more about UTMB’s Web Reboot, visit