CommonSpot

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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.

Get Access

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.

Get Help

After training, you may have questions or need more help. 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.

Recommended Guidelines

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  • Remove out-of-date content.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.

CommonSpot Users Blog

  • Responsive Elements: “Acalog Course List”
    Element Information Lists courses for degrees from Acalog. Tutorial Insert the Responsive Element “WordPress Blog Content” Define the element Select desired degree to be displayed. Select desired display options. Detailed Tutorial Step 1: From your template insert the new element “Acalog Course List” under “1- Responsive Elements” Step 2: Define the element by clicking the […]
  • Responsive Elements: “WordPress Blog Content”
    Element Information Display up to the 10 most recent entries in a WordPress blog. Tutorial Insert the Responsive Element “WordPress Blog Content” Define the element Select Display As type Fill Option out for the type Detailed Tutorial Step 1: From your template insert the new element “WordPress Blog Content” under “1- Responsive Elements” Step 2: […]
  • Responsive Elements: “News Items”
    Element Information Displays up to 5 images, stories, and links. Tutorial Insert the Responsive Element “News Items” Define element and add news Options Add images, stories, and links Detailed Tutorial Step 1: From your template insert the new element “News Items” under “1- Responsive Elements” Step 2: Define the element by clicking the dear icon […]

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