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Example of Email Builder
By: BGS, Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

Hello Communicators (from Eric Owens)

As discussed in our previous meeting, The CFAES Email Builder is now online and available to use.  This application is meant to allow you to more easily build emails out that utilize the university brand email template (

Access to use the builder can be provided in two ways.

  1. It can be installed on any CFAES Drupal Website (currently this does not include extension county websites).  Anyone with editor access on that website will be able to create emails in the system.
  2. We have created a shared website with the email builder installed that we can give access to for users who do not have access to a CFAES Drupal Website.  That site can be reached at

To either request the module be installed or to request access to the shared builder website fill out the Web Request Form on the CFAES Strategic Marketing Website.

When you login to a site where the builder is installed, you will find a new menu for the email builder (Under “content” on the admin bar

  • Emails” will take you to the home page for the builder.  Here you will see a list of the emails you have created as well as a button to create a new email.   
  • Defaults” is for adjusting the fields that make up your standard template such as your unit/social profiles.

We have built in all of the “Modules” the university created and you can see a listing of those at the university brand site linked above.  We have also created a sample email that has an instance of every module in it you can see that here: .  New modules will be added over time, and please let us know when you find content you regularly send that doesn’t easily fit in the existing templates.  However, the process of adding options to the builder is not immediate, for the email you are producing you will either need to make your content work within the existing templates or modify the generated html elsewhere on your own.

As discussed, the builder does not send email, it is just to build out the html.  From there you can preview the email in a browser and/or copy/download the html for use in systems like constant contact or bbis.

Documentation for the email builder can be found online here:  Bonnie Scranton, our technical trainer, will be happy to provide training for the email builder upon request. (  As always, our whole team is here to help support this module and any problems you may encounter. 

This is a new project, and we are interested in any and all feedback please let us know how this goes for you.

If you have questions regarding your email sends please feel free to reach out to your strategic marketing partner/manager for your area.

The Ohio State University
Eric Owens
Team Lead, Web Communications
Digital Accessibility Coordinator
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Office Of Advancement / CFAES IT
268 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd., Columbus, OH 43210
614-247-5447 Office / 614-429-4369 Mobile
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Pronouns: he/him/his

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Child on tech
By: BGS, Wednesday, April 01st, 2020

Study indicates a large number of apps may be vulnerable to hacking

A team of cybersecurity researchers has discovered that a large number of cell phone applications contain hardcoded secrets allowing others to access private data or block content provided by users.

The study’s findings: that the apps on mobile phones might have hidden or harmful behaviors about which end users know little to nothing, said Zhiqiang Lin, an associate professor of computer science and engineering at The Ohio State University and senior author of the study.

Read this article from Laura Arenschield

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melted keyboard, laptop left in hot car
By: BGS, Friday, July 19th, 2019

What happens to electronics left in a car in hot weather?

Most electronic devices will have standard operating temperatures. For example, there might be information that came with your device that would let you know to store the device where the temperature is between -4 to 113 degrees (in Fahrenheit). And not to leave the device in your car, because temperatures in parked cars can exceed these temperature ranges.

At 70 degrees on a sunny day the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. If temperatures outside range from 80 to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can be between 130 to 172 degrees. Well over the standard operating temperature high of 113 degrees. Computers or laptops or other electronic devices are more likely to become damaged from heat than cold. A computer will often operate much more efficiently in cooler conditions. But, taking a computer that has been in a cold temperature, like your airconditioned office, to a warmer temperature, like your car, can cause condensation within the computer and damage it.

Using some devices, for example an iOS device, in very hot conditions can permanently shorten battery life. You might even get a temperature warning screen that says: iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it.

Flash drives may “melt” a little but might still work when left in a hot car. It truly depends on the brand and how good they are made. The cheap ones seem to fail the abuse of being left on a car dashboard in the sun.

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Drupal 8
By: BGS, Friday, September 28th, 2018

The world’s favorite open source content management platform just got better. Drupal 8 is the new standard for creating incredible digital experiences.

Turn great ideas into great experiences. Leave your desktop behind and create compelling content on more modern devices than ever. Work efficiently with better previews and drag-and-drop image uploads. And when you need to make quick changes, choose in-context editing and use only the tools you need.

Creating content doesn’t have to be a chore. Work quickly and easily from wherever you’d like. All of Drupal 8’s built-in themes are responsive, so you can use all of the admin areas from your phone. The authoring interface is split into two regions—one for the heart of your content, and one for its settings. Focus on all of the details at once, or only the ones you need. And with the help of a CKEditor feature built specifically for Drupal, you can more easily control details like image alignment and captions right from the palm of your hand.

Today, September 28, 2018 the web team with the training team and the OCIO Infrastructure Systems team have started discussions on our migration from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 for the 300 plus CFAES websites.

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Waterman Farm
By: BGS, Thursday, April 05th, 2018

A new theme was put on the websites. It has new text styles and a light gray background with an image of the Waterman Farm looking toward downtown Columbus at the bottom of each page.

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By: BGS, Thursday, December 07th, 2017

You have a new tool on your administrative login tabs: Google Analytics! It will enable you to see the Analytics of your site with one click. To learn more read the overview.

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photo gallery
By: BGS, Tuesday, November 07th, 2017

The updated Photo Gallery allows you to do many of the things you have been asking for in a Photo Gallery. You can now “batch upload” – this means you can select one or many images to upload at one time. You can now drag and drop the images in the Photo Gallery to rearrange them. It is now possible for you to select what image will be the avatar for your Photo Gallery.

The Photo Gallery has a new look too. Instead of the grid pattern of the old gallery, the new gallery will display your images in a montage format. You can still get the grid look by making all your images the same size before you upload them into the gallery.

For complete documentation on using the updated Photo Gallery get the PDF here.

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Twitter Feed
By: BGS, Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Click here for instructions to embed a Twitter feed on a basic page.

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dressage event example
By: BGS, Tuesday, May 03rd, 2016

The Event content type has been updated. This update:

• Adds a header image to events that will show on the lists of Events under the Events tab, and in the upper right corner of the full Event (under the important information block). 

• Reformats the home page upcoming events block to show the month and day of the Event in white text on a black background.

• Standardizes the date display to be a quasi ap style on all the other displays. (three letter month, day, four number year).

• Reorganizes the fields into fieldgroups to better organize things for editors. For example Details and Contact Information.

For the new documentation please click here. Example of a full event:

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Content is like water
By: BGS, Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Responsive web design is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones).

This week the web developers updated the Slideshow slide and the Homepage Slide content types of our websites to be more responsive. You can check it out on your large monitor by resizing the Home page (drag the edge of the page from the left or the right) until it morphs into responsive mode or check out the same Home page on your smart phone or tablet.

Examples of Slideshow Slides can be found at and Homepage Slides at  Login to your site and check your content type to see if you are using either one of these slide shows. This update does not apply to Extension County sites.

small   large
small device   large device

Another addition is an Edit button. When you are logged into your site you will see an Edit button on each slide, you can now make updates and changes directly by using this feature.

Updated documentation for Slideshow Slide and Homepage Slide is here.

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