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Changelog SiteFarm Release 8.0.0

May 14, 2020
The SiteFarm team's most recent development cycle is complete and the slate of new features, updates, patches, and bug fixes will be available on Monday, May 18, 2020. The latest update contains several items requested by members of our user community and we thank you again for your interest in being a collaborative partner in our improvement process.

Masquerade your way to better testing

April 28, 2020
As a Site Manager and Builder, you may find yourself being able to see too much. It's not true to what your users will see and you're not sure how the changes you're making will affect users with a restricted view based on their roles and permissions. For security reasons the Masquerade module has been restricted to the SiteFarm team, but we still have a method for you to feel confident the site configurations you make are the right ones for the roles involved.

Create a clickable taxonomy-based icon grid

April 22, 2020
We've had a few enterprising users ask how the Horticulture site put together their Block Chain icon grid presented on their site's homepage. Take ten minutes to watch Carson Black, senior developer, give a video overview of how this was created for the department by the Web Development team.

Add a Coronavirus Information notification block to your site

March 13, 2020
We're working in partnership with the Office of Strategic Communications to assist in providing timely information to our campus community. Consider using these instructions to add a notification block to the homepage of your site to provide links to the official updates and announcements.

"My webform submissions keep landing in my Junk folder"

February 13, 2020
You know you published your webform. You know people are interested in using it. You wait, and wait, and wait some more, and wonder when the submissions will start arriving. At a certain point, it occurs to you to check your Junk folder and—lo and behold!—you have oodles of submissions waiting for you. How can you avoid this annoying frustration and have your webform submissions show up where you expect to see them?

"My form menu options are breaking out the side!"

February 11, 2020
You've worked diligently on your webform and it looks great, but when testing it you discover that the select menus and textareas are suddenly breaking out the side. Why did this happen? How can you fix it?

Add a full pager navigation to your 404 page list

January 23, 2020
For site owners concerned with managing 404 - page not found issues and broken links, the 404 list available in your site is invaluable. The default configuration is less than optimal however as the pager navigation gives you almost no idea how many pages of 404 issues you have and only a limited method of navigating through the list. If you're a Site Builder, let's look at a fix.

"How do I make my bullet lists wrap around images?"

December 06, 2019
By default images added in your body content's WYSIWYG are set to keep images and bullet lists separate since, historically, these two elements don't play nice together. We recommend only one particular workaround for the right-floated images as the left-floated images usually wind up overlapping the bullets and/or text. Even though this conflict exists, we have a workaround to help you achieve your goal.

"My footer image keeps disappearing"

December 05, 2019
This issue crops up when an image is added in the Site Information WYSIWYG; the image displays for a week or two and then mysteriously breaks for no discernible reason. Let's explore what's happening behind the scenes and how to implement a fix.

10 Tips for Publishing Accessible Content

December 03, 2019
Earlier this year, Alex Brandt of Palantir.net wrote a fantastic article outlining how you, as a content provider, can make your content more accessible to our entire community, whether it's here on campus or farther afield. Alex outlines practical tips, steps, and helpful links to resources to help you build your communication bridges to the benefit of all.

Add a branding color to your custom category filter

November 05, 2019
It may have occurred to you that it would be nice to display a colorful, custom category filter that links to information pages, but on creating it you no doubt discovered that custom vocabularies don't offer anywhere to set a branding color like the Article or Event Category lists do. This write-up will show you how to incorporate it into your own custom taxonomies to get that same effect and presentation.

Intranet: Register non-UC Davis users with moderated approval

October 30, 2019
We had a recent request asking how a SiteFarm client could set up their site for visitors outside UC Davis, but restrict their access pending a Site Manager's ability to approve the account. It posed an interesting use case and touches on similar requests we've received in the past. Here's a formal breakdown of the steps we took to create a self-registering intranet with manager approval.

Take in the View: Exclude the page you're on from a related content list

October 30, 2019
OSTraining has put together a great use case showing how to use a View's contextual filters to ensure that the page you're on is not included in an attached block displaying related content. The article takes you step-by-step through the process and includes instructive screenshots to help keep you oriented through the process. If you're interested in building Views for your site, click through and take a look.

"There was a problem logging in"

August 30, 2019
You thought you set up your site for CAS for the campus community, but your visitors are seeing "There was a problem logging, please contact the site administrator" even though they did log in and can see the content. What's going on here?