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Welcome to WebTools 101

So many applications; but where to start?

That's why we created this page: to give you the 411 on each of our applications. You'll get a brief overview of each tool in the toolbox and links to examples of how other Illinois professionals are using these tools. Dig in!

(Note: This information is repeated in each tool with the corresponding link. AND there's a Click for Help link at the top of every page that will add pertinent comments to every field and section)

Have a recent example you'd like to share with us for this page? Send it to jmcmahon@illinois.edu.

 

Blog iconBlogs

The Blog gives you better blogging power and more spontaneous user interaction. An alternative to your current third-party blog, we give you greater control and better fine-tuning capabilities on locally controlled servers for better support.

Blog setup is where you will create and keep the list of your blogs. You can also see blogs created by your unit and department (see tabs). You can manage and create content for your blogs on the separate link. Just click the pencil icon in order to add posts and add files. You can post and approve or deny comments and additional posts as well.

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calendar iconCalendars

Calendar setup allows you to create new calendars or change settings for existing calendars.

There are three types of calendars:

  • Use the Event calendar to post individual events;
  • Use the Master calendar to combine groups of calendars.
  • Use the Resource calendar to post events that do not overlap on a given date or time.

Use Manage to add and edit events. Be sure to fill in the required "*" information. Email events as an enewsletter, individually or in groups, with this tab. Choose your events from a calendar, apply formatting (skin and layout), choose your groups, even personalize it...and send it out.

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List Builder iconList Builder

List Builder is a display device with variable options. Traditionally designed to build lists or "components," you can now create slideshows, rotating text, navigation and more.

Just drop the generated javascript include into your website and you can edit the content without accessing the html.

To manage your List, add items (images, files, links, copy) with the option to publish right away, schedule or save for later. Be sure to choose an item type (your choice) for the default. Email items as an enewsletter, individually or in groups, with this tab. Choose your events from your lists, apply formatting (skin and layout), choose your groups, even personalize it...and send it out.

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form iconForms

Form Builder lets you create forms that match your own materials: reservations, applications, checkouts, registrations...university-related business only please. If you're not sure about how to set up your form, check out our Sample Form on the Prebuilt tab to get you started.

Generate reports for your form anytime: available in both Excel and PDF format. Generated in real-time, these reports can be pulled while still live, but will need to be regenerated once the form has been stopped for complete reporting.

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survey formSurveys

Survey Builder helps you submit queries to support your university-related business and get measurable results. You can create public, internal, private and secured surveys.

Generate reports for your form anytime: available in both Excel and PDF format. Generated in real-time, these reports can be pulled while still live, but will need to be regenerated once the form has been stopped for complete reporting.

Public Affairs Notice: Surveys ARE anonymous. Netids WILL NOT be included in the report and WILL NOT be supplied out when requested. If you wish to collect netids use the Form Builder and set Security to "Secured".

IRB Notice: Avoid research delays: check to see if your on-line survey requires approval from the campus Institutional Review Board.

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email+ iconEmail+

Email+ gives you different newsletter formats as well as text messages options. The Create button lets you choose a content format: choose from three one-column layouts as well as a two-column option. IE users can copy content from Word and drop it into the text editor. Advanced users who have Dreamweaver, or knowledge of html and inline styling, have additional options.

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ecards iconeCards

Step up your invitations, announcements and notices with these attractive eCards." Just add a title, content and signature and send it out to your preferred groups. Several options are available in campus-related colors and images...just for you. Want something special? Contact the Web Services staff and we will work with you to create your own version.

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Group Manager iconGroup Manager

Make your world easier with the Group Manager. Save emails adresses for communications, permissions and privileges, groups, and more. Once you create your group, you can add, delete, search, subscribe and unsubscribe at your fingertips. This is a MUST HAVE for anyone who works with large groups and scheduling.

 

Eweek iconEweek

Eweek is a weekly newsletter with brief summaries of campus announcements of interest to the campus at-large. For official business only, faculty and staff can submit a post through Webtools. Submissions are accepted based on campus appeal and relevance to the campus audience. Editors reserve the right to clarify announcements. Click here for more information.

 

Mass Mail iconMassmail

Massmail provides a convenient web interface to submit and distribute essential emails to large campus audiences. Students, faculty and staff can submit requests for Massmail on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Massmail delivery is not guaranteed to reach all individuals on campus immediately, since some people may check email infrequently or irregularly, while others may not have an email address. In addition, Massmail has been constructed to deliver messages only to certain broad categories of students, staff, or faculty, and so some campus members who do not fall into these categories may not receive Massmail messages.

 

short URL iconShort URL

Shorten your key-time with ShortURL. Take your longest URL and shorten it as much as you can, with the appropriate campus "go" designation. Grab yours before it gets taken.

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file manager iconFile Manager

File Manager is a must for anyone who works on the web but has no access to a server for posting images, files and associated docs online.

Upload your files in File Manager and you have a distinct URL for displaying the files that make your web information truly "live."

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skin designer iconSkin Designer

Skin Designer creates the "look" or skin that frames your message, your WebTools files and even your web pages.
Choose from our campus-related options or create your own skin to match your website or online presence. Need help with your skin? Just use the Contact Us link and we will help you set up the skin that is just right for you.

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skin designer iconCampus Maps

The Campus Maps can be displayed on your website in two ways:

  • In the Skin Designer edit your skin, go to the Applications tab, select Map, edit Map to set your width.

  • or Insert this code into your webpage and set the height, width, and building ID:

    <p><a target="_blank" href="http://illinois.edu/map/view?amp;buildingId=369">View Larger Map</a></p>

    <iframe width="700" scrolling="no" height="650" frameborder="0" src="http://illinois.edu/map/view?skinId=4830&buildingId=369"></iframe>

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