November 16, 2021
As we navigate this website change, there are some important reminders of the items that should remain first and foremost on our priority list. The biggest priority that we have all adopted is the commitment to be ADA compliant. To remain ADA compliant, refrain from adding images that have text on the image and not typed into the site itself. Should you want to upload a flyer to the website, ensure that the information on the flier is also typed into the WYSIWYG editor as well. Text that is typed into the WYSIWYG editor will be read by a screen reader. Text that is on top of an uploaded image will not. Additionally, remember to always add ‘Alt Text’ to your images.
At this time here are some things that are pertinent to have on your website:
- A clear way to enroll into 4-H, with a link that will direct users to the 4-H online enrollment sign-up
- An updated About/Meet the Team page
- Your upcoming events
- Your most recent news
- A 4-H landing page that includes your county 4-H handbook
- Your county HHS page that introduces the program, communicates upcoming HHS events, and shows your county HHS educator
- Your county ANR page that introduces the program, communicates upcoming ANR events, and shows your county ANR educator
New Extension Website Launch
September 15, 2021
Last Wednesday, September 8th, the new Purdue Extension website went live for the public. This results in all county websites now being hosted in Cascade rather than the Depot. Over the past several months, Ag Comm has offered trainings and uploaded a User Guide to follow. It is pertinent that all counites have county specific news articles, events, and an updated ‘About’ page by October 15th.
August 3, 2021
Purdue Extension will be transitioning from the Depot host to Cascade at the end of August 2021. Cascade is an excellent content management system software that will allow for you to have easier access to update your county events, post news articles, and craft your county website with the most relavant information.
As of now, the Agriculural Communications team is transferring county news articles and events dated back as far as January of 2020 to Cascade. You might notice that your most recent articles are not found on your county site in Cascade, due to the nature of when your article was posted in occurance to when your county was being transitioned.
Please take the time to review the articles that are posted within your county on Cascade. Right now, it is important to add your county events to Cascade. Those counties without added events, will have only state events showing on their events calendar.
For more information on adding events to your county site within Cascade, please review this training video. Begin watching this video at 1:14 ( 1 hour and 14 minutes) to see how to add a news article, which is very similar as to how to add an event.
Lily Morrissey is the point of contact for you to meet with virtually and connect with via email should you need assistance in adding articles, events, and later on down the road finessing your county site to appear the way that you are wanting.
Lily Morrissey, Digital Communications Coordinator
Furthermore, SiteInsight is a newsletter that relays the most current information regarding the migration to Cascade. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for SiteInsight, please reach out to Chad Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ag Comm has developed a Cascade User Guide to review and refer back to when working in Cascade.This user guide provides links to getting started within Cascade, training materials, frequently asked questions, the style guide, and web resources.
How to Add a News Article
How to Add an Event
How to Add a Recurring Event
How to Edit Your About Page
Hannon Hill Training Video
This training video will walk through the ins and outs of using Cascade. Follow along to learn about how folders work, adding newsletters, events, and how you can alter your county site.