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What is Sitebuilder 3.0?

Site Builder 3.0 is a web content management system created for use by anyone in University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources to create and maintain a web site. This Help site is dedicated to helping you find your way through it.

If you are ANR personnel, you can contact us directly at Communication Services and Information Technology for advice on how to use Site Builder 3.0 or to suggest additions or changes to this Help site. Non-ANR personnel should contact their local coordinator or site administrator for assistance.

From Our Blog
  • Clean Up the Clutter of Your Site Builder Site

    Apr 13, 2023


    IWP is coming and everyone with a Site Builder website can help us out by getting rid of unused or deactivated pages and assets, deleted pages, and unused files and images. There is a significant overhead for the servers to keep track of the content and assets. All of these items take up space on the servers.

    On average all Site Builder sites have 1/3 of the content and assets not being used.  One change can cause the site to Republish All Text Assets. When this happens on a large site, the server can slow down as it re-inventories all of your content. It can cause the database to be overwhelmed, and crash the server. Removing all the unused stuff can boost the speed of the server and site and help it run more efficiently.  This is why it's important to keep your Site Builder sites maintained by doing house keeping on regular basis. 

    Here's a guide on Site Builder Maintenance

    By Stephen Dampier
    Author - IT Training and Development Specialist
  • New Zoom Rooms!

    Mar 17, 2023

    UC ANR has new Zoom Rooms with new monitors, speakers, cameras and Zoom Room Controllers (Tablets).

     You can find the Zoom Rooms at the UC ANR building on 2nd Street in Davis.

    Zoom Rooms:

    1. San Joaquin Valley Room - Large Meeting Room - TBD
    2. Sacramento Valley Room - Large Meeting Room - TBD
    3. Colorado - Quiet Room
    4. Mojave - Quiet Room
    5. Coast Room - Downstairs
    6. Bay Room - Downstairs
    7. Sierra Room - Upstairs
    8. Modoc Room - Upstairs
    9. Rm 167 - Quiet Room
    10. Rm 151 Quiet Room

    The Zoom Rooms are easy to use, and quality of sound and video are outstanding. 

    UC ANR Zoom Room Quick Start Guides:


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    By Stephen Dampier
    Author - IT Training and Development Specialist
  • Google Analytics 4 is Here!

    Mar 1, 2023

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    By popular demand, Google Analytics 4 is up and running for Site Builder! 

    Sign up and Create a Google Analytics 4 Account, and then Create a GA4 Property for your site.

    Once you have a Google Analytics 4 property number, you can go to your Site Builder site, and add the GA4 Property under the Site Information and Appearance section, toward the bottom of the page.


    You can continue using your original Universal Analytics Property until Google shuts it down later this year.  Your older UA Property will have historical data that GA4 will not have. If this data is important it's possible, though not convenient to back up the old data.

    Test the Google Analytics 4 setup 

    You can test GA4 to make sure it's working by looking at Real Time User Activity under Reports. Real cumulative data will most likely take several days.

    Tip: Access your site from several browsers and devices and you'll see activity!


    General Google Analytics setup for Site Builder

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    By Stephen Dampier
    Author - IT Training and Development Specialist
  • Naming Conventions for the Internet

    Feb 23, 2023

    Using careful Naming Conventions for Internet URLS, directories, files and images, humans and search engines will find your work easier to read and be beneficial for SEO and Accessibility.
    Naming Conventions
    Naming Assets

    When naming assets such as files, pages, directories and images for the Internet, it's important to use names that are both descriptive and easy to understand. This makes it easier for both humans and search engines to understand what the content is about.  It's also very helpful when organizing folders of files and images on your computer as you prepare to upload to the website. Descriptive naming also helps make your website more accessible.

    Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

    Be descriptive
    Use names that accurately describe the content of the file or page. For example, if you're uploading a picture of a red wagon, a good file name might be "red-wagon.jpg."

    Use hyphens to separate words
    When naming files or pages, use hyphens (aka dashes) to separate words, rather than underscores or spaces. For example, use "red-wagon.jpg" instead of "red_wagon.jpg" or "red wagon.jpg."

    Use lowercase letters
    Always use lowercase letters when naming files, pages, or images. This helps ensure that the name is consistent across different platforms and avoids any potential issues with case sensitivity.

    Avoid camel case
    Camel case naming conventions are more difficult to read. You should separate words with hyphens:
    https://ucanr.edu/sites/2020MGConference/ should be https://ucanr.edu/sites/2020-mg-conference/

    Avoid special characters
    Avoid using special characters in file names, page URLs and directories or image names. These characters can cause issues with some browsers and can also cause problems with URLs if not properly encoded.

    Avoid Spaces or Tabs
    Avoid Commas or Apostrophes
    Avoid Slashes or Quotes
    Avoid # & % + * = @ ~ ^ $
    Avoid < > ( ) [ ] { } : ; ? !
    Avoid Other Unusual Characters

    Keep file names, page names, and folder names short
    Try to keep file names short and to the point. This makes it easier for people to remember the name and also reduces the risk of errors when typing the name.
    Windows limits a path to 256 characters, and folks should avoid even getting close to this limit.  Keep your folder names short, and keep your page names short. 
    If the length of the path and file name combined exceed ~256 characters you will be able to see the path/files via Windows/File Explorer, but may not be able to delete/move/rename these paths/files.
    This is an example of what to avoid:

    Be consistent
    Try to use a consistent naming convention across all of your files, pages, and images. This helps make it easier to find and organize your content.

    Use file types
    For files and images, it's important to append the file name with the file type: .jpg, .png, .pdf, .txt, .xls, etc

    Site Builder 3.0 is a powerful tool, but it has a few flaws. One of those flaws is that it takes a well named file or image, and converts it to a mostly meaningless or non-descriptive number. The upcoming IWP or Integrated Web Platform maintains your naming conventions, though it may append a name with a number to make sure the name is unique.  

    Well named assets for the Internet are easier to find and understand by both humans and search engines. These assets are also more accessible for people using screen readers. The benefits outweigh any extra effort required to thoughtfully name these assets.  

    By Stephen Dampier
    Author - IT Training and Development Specialist