Custom Search Element API 1.0 was deprecated on December 4, 2017

 

The Custom Search Element API 1.0, which was deprecated in 2012 in favor of API 2.0, is now no longer maintained. API 1.0 will stop working on December 4, 2017.

You can check if you’re using the 1.0 version by looking at the code on your search page for a call to google.search.CustomSearchControl.  If you are, read on:

Next Steps

Please update your website to use the Custom Search Element API 2.0. The easiest way to transition is through the CSE Control Panel at cse.google.com, where you can generate your new Custom Search Engine code and add it to your website.

For more information, please see the official Google CSE team post.

CMS Survey

Hi Everyone! My name is Kristen Gilly and I’m the webmaster at the Department of Managed Health Care.

We’re currently in the beginning stages of going through with a website refresh, which we will upgrade to the new State Template v5 and are thinking about switching CMS platforms. We currently use DNN 9.1.1, and have been having a LOT of issues with it. Like weekly, medium-high severity issues. I’m fairly new to the department, and was not here when the site was refreshed 3 years ago with DNN – so I’m not entirely sure if our issues stem from DNN, us or are a mixture of both.

When we talk with DNN Support, 90% of our issues are things they haven’t seen before, which leads me to believe that there might be an issue with the compatibility between our back-end development and front-end DNN. For those of you who work with DNN for your public website, do you have a similar amount of issues? Or does it work pretty well? It seems to be a very well written up CMS, so that’s why I’m so puzzled as to why we’ve been having so many constant issues with it.

I’m also interested in hearing any thoughts from those of you who use different CMS platforms – especially WordPress, Sharepoint or CA Web Publishing. We just implemented a workflow process that all of our offices now use to manually update their pages – so if there are any thoughts on the workflow processes of these CMS’s I’d be very interested to hear it.

If you have any recommendations on a specific CMS that I didn’t list – please share! I would love all the advice I can get.

Thank you,

Kristen

State Template (V5 beta) Update

 

Hello Team,

This has been a long time coming, an update to the progress on the development of the State Template V5. First we want to thank everyone that has been collaborating with us either on GitHub or directly on the state template. We encourage feedback and code contributions all the time as this is your state template. We will do our best to incorporate as many suggestions as possible.

In the past week we have pushed nearly dozens of fixes, improvements, and changes to the Beta version on GitHub addressing many reported issues. Below are some highlights of these changes which can be reviewed in detail by visiting the GitHub repository.

  • Fixed accessibility issues with the navigation menus and content modules including Service Tiles
  • Added additional color schemes including two new color schemes: mono and trinity
  • Changed colorscheme structure to avoid duplication of styles in cagov.core.css
  • Made sure all theme colors can be changed in colorscheme css
  • Added a V4 compatible menu style for easier migration path
  • Remedied numerous color contrast issues thoughout the template
  • Updated search to leverage the new Goggle Custom Search API
  • Updated the JQuery library to latest version (1.12.4)
  • Moved JQuery to the head before closing <body> tag
  • Fixed keyboard navigation trapping in the status bar area
  • Added source (LESS) files

I want to take this opportunity to thank Konstantin Koryaka for making most of these changes possible. Please review the latest changes and let us know if you have any feedback or issues. We encourage that you leave your feedback using GitHub. We are getting very close to a production release of the template. We anticipate we should have a release before the year is up. Please help us test the latest version including your experience going from V4 to V5(Beta).

V4 of the State Template will also get updates including the new Google Search API among several accessibility fixes. Our goal is to have those updates before the year is up as well. To see the latest changes to V5 (beta) please visit http://beta.template.webstandards.ca.gov/

Thank you for your support and patience from CDT’s web development team.

Understand Your Search Performance with Google Search Console

How is Google doing trying to crawl and index my site?

What search terms are driving most of the traffic to my site?

What can I do to enhance the visibility of my key services and information within search?

These questions and much more can be answered within the Google Search Console. So the first step is:

Register Your Website with the Google Search Console

  1. You must be logged into your Google account (preferably one used for only State business).
  2. Go to the URL https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/home?hl=en&authuser=0
  3. Click on the button at the top right “ADD A PROPERTY” and fill in your website domain
  4. You will need to now register your site, and you will be provided a “Recommended method” (by placing a file on your website – recommended for most static sites.) and 4 more “Alternate methods”. Of the 4 alternatives we only recommend two of them:

HTML meta tag – if you are hosted on the CAWeb service, this is the method you would use. For CAWeb you will need to copy the meta tag from your Google Search Console, and extract out only the tag number (circled in red below – without the quotes around it). Then place it within the “CAWeb Options” settings for your website running within CAWeb, in the Google Meta ID setting.

Note: click the red “Verify” button (shown also in the image below) once you have already saved the Google Meta ID setting within your site in CAWeb.

HTML tag method

 

Google Analytics setting – this is more complex. You must first go to your Google Analytics dashboard, and navigate to the “ADMIN” panel (shown on the left bottom). Once in the ADMIN panel, go to your Property –> Property Settings. In there near the bottom of the page you will find and click on “Adjust Search Console”:

Adjust Search Console

Next you will need to click on the “Edit” link and then select your site to make it available to the Google Search Console for verification.

Edit link

Finally, you must go back to the Google Search Console and “Verfiy” your site.

Google Analytics option

 

Tour the Information of the Google Search Console

Once your have registered your site, if it has already been in existence for any length of time, you will find a wealth of information and insights into how Google, and the rest of the world via Goolge, finds your website’s information.

Google Search Console

To Submit a Sitemap for Your Site

A sitemap instructs the Google crawler in how to crawl your site. If your site is new, or has been recently redesigned or migrated to a new CMS (such as CAWeb), you should submit a new sitemap to Google to direct the crawler in how to index the new site.

In most sites (such as those hosted in CAWeb) the sitemap file is located at the root of your site and is called sitemap.xml. To submit your sitemap to the Console: goto Crawl –> Sitemaps and then click on the red button “Add/Test Sitemap”. What you submit there is: sitemap.xml (see the image example below).

Google Search Console submit sitemap

Upcoming WUG Conference Confirmed!

Our upcoming WUG conference is confirmed!

October 19, 2017
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
In-person Attendee Registration
Webinar Attendee Registration

Please include Name and Department when registering.
Registration Deadline: 10/17/17 – We may be unable to check registrations after the deadline. Thank you for understanding.

We will cover the following topics:

  • CA Web Publishing Update
  • Californians Matter Symposium
  • CA.gov Domain Name Policy

Location:
OTech Training and Event Center, PG1
10860 Gold Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

See you there!

Track Email Campaign Success with Google Analytics

Ever want to know how many “clicks” you get on that link to your website that you embedded within your last email blast? Well you can track that with the Google Analytics you already have on your website.

We have been doing this for a while now with our emails to the Webmasters User Group. So I thought I would share with you how easy this is to do, and some of our results.

Here is one of the links that we sent out to our Webmasters User Group via email:

New topics have been posted to our Webtools blog.  Please feel free to read all about them at https://webstandards.ca.gov/blog/?utm_source=listserv&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20topics%20April%202017

Note the special Google Analytics variables within the URL:

  • utm_source  =  listserv  (listserv is how we sent out the email)
  • utm_medium  =  email  (email was how the link was presented)
  • utm_campaign  =  New topics April 2017 (was essentially the “email campaign” we are tracking)

So now, if we go to our Google Analytics dashboard for our Webtools.ca.gov website, we look under the left side category of “Acquistion – Campaigns – All Campaigns” and find the following results (which also includes previous email campaigns):

Google Analytics email campaign

How to get the best search results with Google Custom Search

In order to get the best search results, please be sure to follow these steps:

  1. Make sure your site is accessible by Google by using a robots.txt file
  2. Verify site ownership via the Google Search Console
  3. Submit a valid XML sitemap

Once all of these steps have been complete, it can then take up to 12 days (sometimes longer) before Google will have fully indexed all of the content on your site.

SharePoint Users!

SharePoint Users!

We are using SP to convert our Intranet in addition to moving some paper processes electronic. Wondering if anyone is doing some of these and can share their experience?

  1. Do you use SharePoint (SP) for electronic leave off requests and/or time sheets? If yes, what SP apps are you using? Is there a combo app?
  2. Do you use an employee phone list/directory app? If yes, which one.
  3. Do you maintain an org chart using Visio that pulls from Active directory? If yes, do you know how to add additional fields into Visio after the initial wizard set-up and have those new fields actually retrieve data from AD? We have added the additional fields, but cannot seem to get the information to pull from AD.

4. Do you use SP to display calendars? Individual calendars or team calendars? Do you use the default calendar app, or another one?

5. What is the biggest efficiency SP has improved for your organization?

Email: eanderson@post.ca.gov

Thank you for your time!