What is CommonSpot?
CommonSpot is the content management system for ECU's official website. Only departments and official university entities can request a CommonSpot subsite.*
See the Web Standards section of this page for official Web policies and requirements.
New users attend the face-to-face beginner training class to obtain editing access. Faculty and staff can directly register for training through the Cornerstone system. Students do not have access to this system; therefore, supervisors should reserve a seat for any students.
The CommonSpot website has step-by-step tutorials for all CommonSpot elements.
For further questions or problems, call the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 or submit a service request for a "one-on-one consult for CommonSpot." Someone from the Web team will give you a call to set up an appointment.
ECU Page Defaults
- Page width is 960 pixels.
- Pages use "responsive design" to create a mobile version of all pages in the 960 template.
- At this time, there is no option to add a "Printer Friendly" link to a page or template.
- A department's contact information is displayed in the footer area.
- Each page footer contains a Last Updated date that is automatically refreshed each time the page is edited.
- Images cannot be scaled in the CommonSpot image properties dialog box - they must be exactly sized in an image editing program.
Google Mini Search Appliance
CommonSpot contributors should add important terms to the Google Mini search appliance. Visit the Google Mini page to learn how.
The following are recommended guidelines for departments.
- Set a full-width image for the home page at 960 pixels wide.
- To download ECU photos (960 pixels), visit the Image Gallery.
- Use of university colors and photos is encouraged.
- Keep contact information updated through the subsite tools for your site.
- Remove out-of-date content.
- Do not place sensitive information on Web servers. This includes SSN, credit card info, Ferpa, etc. Even if the information is not linked in a Web folder, it could be accessed by unauthorized users.
- Require input validation on all forms.
- Secure content via password protection or encryption as necessary.
- Use an image editor to size all images to the exact specifications before uploading to the page. See the image editing tutorial on the CommonSpot blog tutorial page for two online resources or use PhotoShop, Fireworks or the image editing program of your choice. Photo resolution should be 72dpi.
*Faculty, staff and students should create research, teaching, course or professional websites in the My Web system.