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Notes on the New LiveWhale

The update to LiveWhale 1.5 is complete, and we are excited to explore this new version with you. Please use this page as a reference for new quirks. If you have any questions or concerns, please submit a help ticket to crm_help@washcoll.edu.

Creating New Pages

In the previous version a file was automatically generated by LiveWhale, combining the title with the extension of .php. In this new version when you create a new page, LiveWhale—by default—will create a new folder.

LiveWhale now automatically creates new folders based on your title.LiveWhale now automatically creates new folders based on your title.

Consider the structure of your site and what you want the URL of your page to be. Let us know if you have questions.Consider the structure of your site and what you want the URL of your page to be. Let us know if you have questions.

Additionally, if you are adding a sub-link, LiveWhale will create a folder under a folder with the name of the original link. For example, a sub-link for Bunting Hall under a top-level link for Buildings would have the url /buildings/bunting-hall/ instead of being /buildings/bunting-hall.php.

Think of it as creating a new folder every time you make a new Word document on your computer. Sometimes folders might help you sort out different files, but you don’t usually need to create a new folder for every document.

More often than not, you should add .php to the end of your url.  (And if you are creating a sub-link, adjust the url to remove any folders that don’t need to be created.)

Please click here for a detailed, visual explanation of the process.

If you have questions on this, or want to talk about the current organization of your pages, please contact us by emailing crm_help@washcoll.edu.

“News” is now “Stories”

The functionality is still the same, but the tab name has changed. Generally, we use “Stories” for all sorts of content—news, spotlights and other interesting stories we want to highlight. “Stories” are content that are not static pages, and don’t appear in your navigation.

Changes to Events

Adding content to your events calendar will look a bit different, but the basics are the same. You now have more options for creating repeating events—including an easy-to-choose MWF or TTH option.

“Manage Content” is now “Dashboard”

The back end of the CMS is now called “Dashboard,” and you’ll find that it’s a bit more organized.


Some features that everyone could previously access are now considered “Superpowers.” Widgets and File Browser are included in this transition. If you do not have access to these superpowers, but need it, please let us know. Please note that even without the widget superpower, you will be able to add to your pages any existing widgets created by others.