July 1 changes – Google Analytics, Accessibility training requrements
There are two important changes coming for website content managers on July 1, which we have announced in earlier newsletters.
Google Analytics: Older analytics shutting down end of June, version 4 only July 1
As we have announced over the last year, Google Analytics is shutting off their original Google Analytics product on June 30, 2023. Beginning July 1, only the newer Google Analytics 4 will be collecting data about your website traffic.
Important note about Google Signals
New users must complete UMS Academy accessibility pathway before editing/publishing website content
As mentioned earlier this year, compliance with website accessibility guidelines is not optional for University of Maine System websites. In order to ensure new content managers understand their obligations for digital accessibility, the UMS Pathway “Designing Accessible Digital Content” will need to be completed for all new WordPress users beginning July 1.
New users will be able to attend our existing WordPress training sessions prior to completing this pathway, but any user account created beginning July 1 will be given the role of Contributor until proof of course completion is provided (instructions for this are included in the pathway description). The contributor role will allow users to propose new content, but this role does not allow for editing published content, and another user with editor or administrator privileges will need to approve any newly created content.