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University staff have the chance to attend the Preds’ home opener

Sep. 11, 2017—This contest has ended. Thanks for participating! Winners will be announced soon. What: Win tickets for you and a guest to attend the Nashville Predators’ home opener with Chancellor Zeppos Who: Vanderbilt University staff: Full-time university staff, including Vanderbilt temporary employees, are eligible Part-time employees, student workers, new employees under probation, staff undergoing performance improvement...

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Vanderbilt Website Theme Updates

Jul. 24, 2017—We are rolling out an update to all Vanderbilt websites over the coming weeks/months, which includes a long-overdue refresh of the Vanderbilt Theme that is used on OmniUpdate and WordPress sites. The refresh includes many style changes to bring sites more closely aligned with the main Vanderbilt website. Vanderbilt Brand Bar The Vanderbilt Brand Bar...

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Click here to find out why you shouldn’t use “click here” on your website

Jul. 17, 2017—We’ve all seen it… To sign up, click here. To watch a video on this topic, click here. Read more about this topic here. But just because “click here” is ubiquitous on the web, doesn’t mean it’s best way to help your readers navigate your website. Here are a few reasons to avoid it: SEO:...

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2016 with WebComm

Feb. 3, 2017—Infographic Goodness by Anna Whinnery and Lacy Paschal, Web Communications

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WordPress website servers being updated January 20-25

Jan. 23, 2017—(An email to all WordPress users was sent out Wednesday, January 18 — with a notification about this update.) We will be performing a web server infrastructure update next week for WordPress websites. In order to facilitate updating these servers, which house approximately 200 websites and includes over 700 users, we are implementing a content freeze and will restrict...

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Omni website servers being updated January 13-17

Jan. 10, 2017—(An email to all Omni users was sent out Tuesday, January 10 — with a notification about this update.) We will be performing a web server infrastructure update next week for ALL OmniUpdate websites. In order to facilitate updating these servers, which house several hundred websites and includes over 600 users, we are implementing a content freeze...

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Omni 101 training unavailable Dec. 16-20

Dec. 12, 2016—Omni 101, our online training for new OmniUpdate users, will be unavailable Dec. 16-20 due to Vanderbilt’s learning management system, the Learning Exchange, being upgraded for Vanderbilt University Medical Center users. Read more »  

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We’re hiring!

Oct. 28, 2016—We are seeking two PHP/MySQL-focused web developers in University Web Communications, which is the central web development office for Vanderbilt University. What does Web Communications do at Vanderbilt? Here are a few quick infographics with year end stats: 2016 with Web Communications and  2015 with Web Communications. View the full job descriptions and requirements (and apply)...

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How are we doing?

Oct. 24, 2016—We believe it’s important to check in with our clients from time to time to see how we’re doing, where we’re excelling and what areas need improvement. If you’re one of our current clients (i.e. you use OmniUpdate or WordPress, if you’ve opened a help ticket or stopped by office hours, or if we’ve helped you...

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Add us on SnapChat!

Aug. 9, 2016—Add VanderbiltU on SnapChat! You can also follow Vanderbilt on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. See all Vanderbilt social media on the Get Social website. Learn more about how Vanderbilt uses social media by reading the Social Media Handbook.

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Social Media Account Security

Aug. 3, 2016—In an effort to further protect Vanderbilt’s digital identity and online reputation, and to strengthen the security related to Vanderbilt social media accounts, Web Communications is recommending that social media account managers update the passwords for all accounts that your area is responsible for. This initial recommended password change should ideally be completed prior to...

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my.vanderbilt.edu being updated July 25-29

Jul. 25, 2016—(An email to all my.vanderbilt.edu users was sent out Wednesday, July 20 — with a notification about this update.) The my.vanderbilt.edu WordPress platform is being updated to the latest version of WordPress (4.5.3) this week, July 25-29. What does this upgrade mean for you? Once the upgrade is complete, the backend tool/interface that you use...

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#VU2020 website awarded Silver by TCPRA

Jun. 3, 2016—University Web Communications was honored with a Silver award by the Tennessee College Public Relations Association during the organization’s spring 2016 conference. The public-facing #VU2020 website is one part of the array of  communications that Vanderbilt’s Undergraduate Admissions share with all admitted students. The website provides a snapshot of Vanderbilt for students who are making that final decision...

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