Training

Get trained

Hands-on computer training, as well as self-guided video curriculums, are available for content creators based on your platform roles and permissions.

Basic Training is required for all those new to the platform. Site managers and site admins are advised to take Landing Pages TrainingSite Admins Training is required for all with this role on their site. More training includes:

For registration, contact your agency's web manager. See the events calendar for upcoming training.

Step-by-step guidelines for every block and content type and other self-help resources are available in the Drupal Help section.

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Basic Training

Basic Training

Basic Training helps newcomers to the Digital Commons platform and users who want to refresh their basic skills. You must be an authorized user of a Digital Commons site to participate in the class.

Topics

  • User roles
  • Content types
  • How to start – logging in
  • Creating content
  • Publishing checklist
  • Managing content
  • Tabs and accordions
  • Tables
  • Videos
  • Webforms
  • Best practices
  • Drupal terms

Prerequisites

Watch introductory video about Digital Commons environment and short videos about the Text Editor - WYSIWYG features 

Training Document

Print out and bring the Basic Training document to class with you.

Location

Training is conducted online through Microsoft Teams.

Registration

See the Events calendar, and contact your agency website manager for registration referral.

Landing Pages

Landing Pages

Landing Pages Training is for users with site manager or site admin roles or anyone who can create landing pages. You must be an authorized user of a Digital Common site to participate in the class.

Topics

  • Creating blocks:
    • Article cards
    • CTA cards
    • Carousels or sliders
    • Event cards
    • Stat cards
    • Quick links cards
    • Follow blocks
  • Creating bands 
  • Adding bands and blocks to the landing page

Prerequisites

Active experience in creating and editing content on your agency website as a site manager or site admin.

Training Document

Print out and bring the Landing Pages Training document to class to take notes.

Location

Training is held online through Microsoft Teams.

Registration

See the Events calendar, and contact your agency website manager for registration referral.

Site Admin

Site Admin

This training class helps new site administrators of the Digital Commons platform manage users, menus and taxonomy.

Topics

  • Managing users on a digital platform
  • Managing menus and URLs
  • Metadata
  • Mobile menu management
  • Taxonomy
  • Best practices
  • Drupal terms

Prerequisites

Active experience in creating and editing content on your agency website as a site admin.

Training Document

Print out and bring the Site Admin Training document to class with you.

Location

Training is held online through Microsoft Teams.

Registration

See the Events calendar, and contact your agency website manager for registration referral. 

Google Analytics

Google Analytics

Intro to Google Analytics is hands-on training to learn about Google's free website analytics service that gives you insights into how users find and use your website. This one-hour training is suitable for all website managers and agency communication staff.

Topics

  • How to start using Google Analytics on your website
  • Learn about your website's audience: their locations, platforms and mobile/desktop use
  • Understand how users find your website
  • Discover what users are looking for while visiting your site
  • Explore your site analytics during check points exercises

Location

This training is held online through Microsoft Teams.

Registration

See the Events calendar, and contact your agency website manager or registration referral. 
 

Webforms

Webforms

Getting Started with Webforms is designed to provide a high-level overview of Drupal 8 webforms and how they function. Current Drupal 7 publishers and site managers will gain insight into what is different in Drupal 8.

By the end of this webinar, you should be able to create a webform very little or no guidance.

Topics

  • How to navigate around the webform section of Drupal 
  • The most used elements in webforms
  • Using input masks
  • Using the webform results page
  • How to attach webform to a node
  • How to attach a webform to a landing page
  • Setting up an email handler to automatically send and receive email notifications
  • Permissions (just show where they are)

Location

This training is held online through Microsoft Teams.

Registration

See the Events calendar, and contact your agency website manager for registration referral. 

Writing for the Web

Writing for the Web

Writing for the Web helps you get your message across to your website visitors.

This training is suitable for anyone who creates content on a Digital Commons website, especially subject matter experts who are not professional communicators. 

Topics

  • Understand your site visitors
  • How to be brief 
  • Chunk information
  • Make link text meaningful
  • About PDFs
  • Emphasis
  • When to use tables
  • About FAQs
  • Effective parent pages

Location

Training is held online through Microsoft Teams.

Registration

See the Events calendar, and contact your agency website manager or registration referral.