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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  • Remove out-of-date content.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

  • Custom Elements: “Dropdown Menu (Multilevel)
    The drop-down menu can be very beneficial for anyone creating a website. It can save space on your web page and keep the page looking clean and simple to navigate. You can add a drop-down menu to your CommonSpot page simply by following this tutorial.
  • Custom Elements: “Tabbed Page Interface”
    Tutorial at a Glance This tutorial will discuss how to use the custom element “Tabbed Page Interface”.  This element lets you easily make a multiple tab display on any of your CommonSpot pages.  An example of the element can be seen here: Creating a banner using “Tabbed Paged Interface” can be done in three (3) […]
  • Miscellaneous Elements: “Date/Time”
    Tutorial At A Glance This element is quite simple and can be very beneficial to your web page. This element will render a selected date/time in the container you place it in. Steps: Insert the custom element “Date/Time”. Choose the input source. Detailed Tutorial Step 1: After selecting “Click to insert new element” proceed to click […]

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