Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College

CommonSpot Training


University of Wisconsin-Superior

Belknap and Catlin
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880

ph. 715-394-8300

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CommonSpot Training

For Who?
Invitations will be sent out to the people next in line for CommonSpot training.

See dates in the right-hand column on this page

What's Covered:

  • Introduction into CommonSpot - what is it? Why do we have it?
  • Overview of the University's web server set-up
  • How to update your department's news and events
  • How to upload photos to your website
  • How to create news and events with embedded photos
  • How to update your Faculty/Staff webpage
  • Create Static Webpages
  • Inserting a photo onto a webpage
  • Uploading documents, linking to them
  • How to change the page layout and other options of a webpage
  • How to find pages within CommonSpot using the "Reports" Utility
  • How to upload new versions of documents using the "Reports" Utility
  • How to expire webpages on certain dates
  • Left-Hand navigation concepts
  • How to update/manage your left-hand navigation
  • Introduction to the Playground site (transition from training to your dept. website)
  • Review of Training
  • Questions and Answers

Goal of these sessions:
To give you a broad overview of CommonSpot and a general idea of how to do basic website authoring. These sessions are to just get you started. There are a lot of things I don't cover because of time restrictions. These "advanced" topics will be covered in future training sessions or in Help Hours which are described below.

If you are able to attend, please RSVP back to me so I know who will be attending - this helps me so I can get your permissions set-up on the website and get the proper amount of training manuals printed.

After Training:
Once you have been through this session, dedicated one-on-one CommonSpot help hours are available. This session is pretty fast paced, and if you don't catch it all this time, it's ok - that is why we have the one-on-one help.

SiteImprove is a service we use to monitor broken links and typos on the website. This 1-hour long training session is for existing CommonSpot website editors and will cover:

  • How to make sense of the SiteImprove Report
  • How to view typos and broken links in the Report
  • How to find the reported typos and broken links in your dept. website and fix them
  • What to do if you can't fix a typo or broken link

Advanced CommonSpot Training is 3 hours long.

For Who?
Advanced CommonSpot Training is available for everyone who has already been through CommonSpot Basic Training and wants to know how to do more advanced features and have a better, in-depth understanding of how CommonSpot works. 

See the schedule in the right-hand column on this page

What's Covered
Advanced Training works with static webpages and elements/widgets. It doesn't cover anything new with News/Events or Faculty/Staff, which are the database-driven portions of your department's website, and are updated via their "pop-up" data managers, though the Rich Text Editor is also used in these Managers.

  • Rich Text Editor
    • The Styles/Formatting Menus
    • Inserting Tables
    • HTML View and Tag Menu
  • Page Layout Elements
    • Bookmarked Content
    • Tabbed Content
  • CommonSpot Menus
    • The Blue and Gray Menus
    • Breadcrumb Reports Utility
    • Left-Hand Slide-Out Menu
  • Registering External URLs
  • Online Forms

Please RSVP to webmaster@uwsuper.edu to reserve your seat for Advanced Training. Seats are limited - first come, first served. Basic/Intermediate knowledge of CommonSpot static webpage authoring is required.

Goal of Advanced Training
To provide you with knowledge on how to put advanced content on your department's website. Explore advanced Rich Text Editor concepts, and to improve your confidence when working with static CommonSpot webpages.

Upcoming Training Sessions

Please visit University News for Upcoming Events.

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