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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
  • Transitioning away from the ANR FAQ system

    Jul 16, 2020

    We plan to retire the FAQ system (https://ucanr.edu/faqs/) in February 2020, in order to refocus the efforts of the ANR Web Services team. This system is infrequently used, and FAQ pages appearing in SiteBuilder can easily be replicated by text or datastore assets; indeed, that is the way most "FAQ" pages in SiteBuilder are now created. While the FAQ system can be used outside of the SiteBuilder Content Management System, there do not appear to be any UCANR sites that use it in that way. The ability to create new FAQs has been disabled, and we will eventualy disable and remove the FAQ system entirely.


    Replacing an FAQ with a text asset


    If a particular FAQ appears in only one place on your site, it might be easiest to simply create a text asset on the desired page, for example:

    • What is the proper procedure for flarbing the slooper?

    Bacon ipsum dolor amet short loin bacon jowl, spare ribs jerky turducken frankfurter doner kielbasa salami. Turkey cow tenderloin porchetta doner. Pastrami sausage hamburger venison beef salami drumstick meatball leberkas buffalo flank. Corned beef pastrami jerky salami hamburger shankle. Drumstick meatball capicola chislic kevin biltong ham hock meatloaf sirloin spare ribs venison hamburger pork chop ham.

    • Who is responsible for the aquarium?

    Barracuda spikefish, peladillo limia, ricefish, tubeshoulder finback cat shark, Pacific lamprey. Grunion duckbill eel long-finned pike tailor snakehead eeltail catfish. Eucla cod capelin Australian grayling fierasfer: houndshark knifejaw yellow-edged moray. Elasmobranch murray cod elephantnose fish porgy, Rio Grande perch lenok Black triggerfish coho salmon trumpeter Black prickleback gouramie midshipman gouramie Steve fish. Whiting yellow perch tetra basslet, Death Valley pupfish: goosefish. Longnose chimaera sailback scorpionfish flatfish round whitefish Rattail wallago hammerhead shark shortnose greeneye. Codlet sea toad bigscale trumpetfish eel-goby Rainbowfish squaretail banded killifish Redhorse sucker rockweed gunnel bottlenose eelpout burbot dorado.

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    Replacing an FAQ with a Datastore


    If you want to insert the FAQ in multiple places on your site, or want to have a page with a list of questions only and another page displaying the entire FAQ, it may make more sense to create the FAQ as a Datastore and create multiple Reports that you can insert as desired.

    For detailed instructions on Datastores, see the SiteBuilder Help; the following is a summary oriented towards creating a FAQ-like system.

    1.  Go to the SiteBuilder editor and select your site
    2. Go to Datastores and create a new datastore
    3. Go the the Fields tab in this datastore. There will be a predefined field called Key Question; you can use this as the question field.
    4. Click on Add Field, create a new field...let's call it Answer. You probably want to choose a Question Type of Long Text

    5. (optional, but recommended) create a Short Text field called, say, Order; this won't appear on any FAQs, but you can use it to control the ordering of the questions.
    6. Once you have the fields defined, you can add questions via the Add Data tab. You can do this before or after creating the reports, and you can add, edit or delete records at any time. If you are using an order field, you might want to use a several-digit number to control the ordering. You could start numbering 1010, 1020, 1030, etc. That would give you room to insert new questions (eg; order=1025) or add some at the beginning (eg; order=0900) without having to renumber.
    7. Now you can create Reports; these are items that areactuallyinsertedintoaSiteBuilder page.
      1. If you want a summary list of questions that will automatically link to the answer, you can create a new report...lets call it Questions. There are a variety of options you can choose for formatting, but the key section is the Fields Used; choose just the Key Question
      2. If you want a report that looks like the FAQ shown above, with questions and answers on one page, you can create another report, lets call it Details. Under Fields Used, simply select both the Key Question and Answer.
    8. Now, you are ready to insert these reports anywhere you desire in your site. Go to, or create a page, then Add New Asset of type Datastore.
    9. Select the Datastore.
    10. Once the datastore is selected,  a Select Report menu will appear. Select the desired report.
    11. If you want to display all questions, you're done! If you want to refine the questions displayed on this particular page, you can use Refine to category to restrict to a particular set of search terms, or Items Shown: Selected Items to pick specific questions to display.
    12. That's It! You can insert datastore reports on any page within the Sitebuilder Site that you wish; updates to the datastore are reflected on all reports on your site.


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    By Stephen Edberg
    Author - Programmer
  • PDF Conversions and SiteBuilder

    Nov 1, 2019

    As part of our on-going effort to improve SiteBuilder efficiency and security, UC ANR IT is removing the PDF conversion tool from SiteBuilder.

    Unlike when SiteBuilder was first released, creating PDFs from documents, spreadsheets and presentations is far more readily available today on standard PC and Mac desktops. We encourage users to adopt a workflow that creates PDFs before they are uploaded to SiteBuilder (or other online entities) because it affords better control of the final product and eliminates unnecessary duplication.

    When using Office365, a user can easily download a file as a PDF, while desktop versions of Office provide the option of creating a PDF copy through the Export function.

    Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

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    By Bruce Lidl
    Author - IT Communications Specialist
  • Accessibility Scores Available In Site Builder

    Oct 30, 2019

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    You may have noticed a new notification when you first login to edit your site in Site Builder. In an effort to improve Electronic Accessibility at ANR, all sites that have switched over to the modern theme in Site Builder were automatically added to an Accessibility tool available to the entire UC called Siteimprove.

    As the notification suggests, you can contact help@ucanr.edu to get access to Siteimprove and view the accessibility report for your site. There is a lot of information there but a quick way to filter the issues to be more pertinent is to click on the 'Editor' and 'Webmaster' tabs. If you come across an issue that looks like it's part of the modern theme and would display on all ANR sites, we are currently working through those and trying to improve our scores across the board. You might also come across issues that you can easily fix yourself by editing a text asset, etc. For everything else, feel free to put in a ticket referencing the issue in Siteimprove and we'll take a look at it as soon as we can.

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    A few other resources for getting started with Accessibility issues in Siteimprove can be found here:

    Siteimprove Help Center: Accessibility Score Points Weighting
    Siteimprove Help Center: Levels A, AA, AAA errors in Siteimprove Accessibility explained

    If you aren't seeing the notification in Site Builder and would like your site to be added to Siteimprove, let us know and we'll get you set up.

    By Andrew William Waegli
    Author - Application Programmer
  • International travel and cybersecurity

    Aug 12, 2019

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    Electronic devices have become integral parts of our daily lives. We depend on them for connectivity, productivity and access to information. While abroad, however, we need to be aware of the increased risks we face in terms of cybersecurity.

    Using our cell phones, tablets and laptops in other countries can increase the risk of privacy breaches, system intrusion and device theft. 

    There are ways to protect your equipment, your information and your communications while traveling. Take the time to familiarize yourself to the following general guidelines and always check for updated resources before any foreign trip:

    1. The less you take the less you can lose. If you are not very sure you will need something, consider leaving it behind. This guideline applies to both devices and data (contacts, passwords, files).
    2. Be aware of basic security precautions. Keep devices with you – not in checked luggage, not in your hotel safe and not with airline or hotel staff. Be wary of public wireless Internet or Wi-Fi hotspots and use a virtual private network (VPN) if available. Never use the computers available in public areas, hotel business centers, or cyber cafés since they may be loaded with keyloggers and malware.  Do not plug in any untrusted attachments, like USB drives or other connectors.
    3. Know before you go. Read up on specialized laws about the country or region you are visiting, including export control laws, possible illegal content, or encryption rules.


    Additional tips and recommendations

    • For global travel, consider utilizing temporary gadgets, for example, an inexpensive laptop and a prepaid cell phone bought particularly for travel. Any device you bring to a foreign country may be compromised, even without you knowing.
    • If you do bring non-temporary devices, backup your data before you go. Install and configure encryption software.
    • In many countries, travelers should have no expectation of privacy. While VPNs can bypass some levels of censorship, they should not be relied on to work at all times (for China, see: https://www.travelchinacheaper.com/vpns-still-work-china)
    • Configure device according to minimum security standards.  The following requirements are especially critical for foreign travelers:
      • update your operating system and application software to the latest versions possible
      • install and update anti-malware software
      • choose strong passphrases
      • for laptops, setup and use a personal account that does not have superuser (root, administrator) privileges
    • After returning: change all passwords used abroad, run antivirus scans and delete apps used specifically for travel.
    • Ensure that you have the correct plug adapters and power converters.
    • You should assume no right to privacy at U.S. borders and points of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers can deny entry to the U.S. to individuals who refuse to unlock or surrender their electronic devices for inspection. (https://security.ucop.edu/resources/traveling-with-electronic-devices/faq.html)


    For updated travel security information, please see these resources:





    By Bruce Lidl
    Author - IT Communications Specialist