Training

Self guided assistance for your UC Santa Cruz website including required training, getting started with WordPress, and other learning opportunities to support creating accessible, sustainable, and effective websites.

Required training

There are three required training modules to take before onboarding to the new UCSC WordPress service. They include accessibility training, developing website goals, and WordPress essentials. A short quiz to reinforce the training materials is also required.

Getting started with WordPress

Explore our self guided playlist of topics on how to get started using your UCSC WordPress website.

Topics include:

  • Navigating the WordPress dashboard
  • Using the block editor
  • Using your media library
  • Using navigation
  • Using plugins

Designing your web content

Ready to start designing content in your UCSC WordPress website?

Dig into what elements you’ll be using to create a great website including blocks and patterns, and get inspiration from other shining UCSC website examples

Get started with design

Content strategy training

View the training modules at your own convenience, or register for an upcoming live training session.

How to audit your web content

Watch: content auditing

An introduction to the content strategy component of auditing your website content including how to audit, how and use your audit throughout your content strategy.

Assessing how much content you have is a first step to help make strategic decisions that can help you create a sustainable, quality and effective website. 

Pre-recorded

How to develop a content strategy

Watch: content strategy

With a strong content strategy you should consider what kinds of content are best for your public facing website, an intranet, or a helpful Knowledge Base article.

This course will also look at strategic ways to manage your images, documents, and other types of content that you want to provide users access with.

Pre-recorded

The right location for content

Watch: content location

With a good content strategy you should consider what kinds of content are best for your public facing website, an intranet, or a helpful Knowledge Base article.

This course will also look at strategic ways to manage your images, documents, and other types of content that you want to provide users access to.

Pre-recorded

How to develop website goals

Watch: website goals

How to think about developing goals for your UC Santa Cruz website. Website goals can help determine what content to prioritize, and how to measure success.

This course will use a facilitation tool to help you develop goals, connect them to metrics, and how to get others aligned with website goals.

Pre-recorded

Using analytics to improve your website

Using analytics to help making improvements to your UCSC website.

This training will focus on using these analytics tools to determine the right metrics to measure, as well as how to use those metrics to implement improvements. The training will cover the basics of Google Analytics, Google Search Console, SiteImprove, and provide time for your specific analytics questions.

In-person

Length: 30 minutes including the opportunity to ask questions, on Zoom.

Accessibility training

Accessibility is the right thing to do. Creating accessible content is a key step towards developing a more inclusive website and a more inclusive UC Santa Cruz. Understand how to design your content with accessibility in mind, including concepts involved in the technical and social aspects of web accessibility, including roles and responsibilities.

The following modules link to UC Learning Center, and will require login with your CruzID.


Open labs

Collaborative working sessions with your peers and ITS and University Relations staff available to answer questions and consult on best practices. All are welcome to attend and you can stay the whole time or just pop in to get your questions answered.

Open labs are typically held every other week via Zoom on: Thursdays, 9-10am or Wednesdays, 2-3pm.

Students sitting at a desk with laptops

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Last modified: May 07, 2024