Beaver Builder 2.0

Dear SJU WordPress User,

On March 15th, 2018, we have updated our page builder, Beaver Builder, to the latest version. This latest version brings a new features and a new layout to the Beaver Builder Page Builder. Some of those big features include:

  • Faster response rate
  • Preview in a mobile and tablet layout
  • Ability to review and revert to previously published versions
  • Flexible settings panels
  • Ability to duplicate columns

We have gathered some helpful resources for you as well as we make this transition:

  1. Beaver Builder 2.0 Announcement Blog Post by Beaver Builder
  2. Beaver Builder 2.0 Video Tour by David Waumsley
  3. What’s new in Page Builder 2.0 by Beaver Builder
  4. Tour the Page Builder 2.0 Layout by Beaver Builder

Additionally, there are more WordPress videos that feature Beaver Builder in its old version located in the admin area of your site underneath “Dashboard” on the left side menu. Within coming weeks, we will update those videos to feature Beaver Builder 2.0.  You may also view them on our training site at

There will be a WordPress training on Tuesday, April 10, 11 am-12:15 pm at Drexel Library’s Instruction Lab (on the old side) that will use Beaver Builder 2.0. If you would like to attend, please register here.

If you have any questions, concerns, or issues please do not hesitate to visit and/or submit a ticket to the webteam at

Have fun creating!

SJU Web Team

Resizing Images for WordPress

Adding images is a great way to spruce up web content.  Images can help to describe your content, support a point, and allow the reader to better envision what you are talking about!

Most modern cameras take photos that are far too large to upload to the web – including very large images on web pages can be a problem for your users.  A user on a mobile device may have difficulties downloading your very large file image.

There are many tools available that will help you to resize photos for the web.  PhotoshopPicasa, and Apple Photos are all great tools that you can use to resize your photos.

If you do not have any of these tools, you can utilize an online tool called Pixlr to resize your images.  Follow the instructions below to learn how to use this tool.

  1. Visit Pixlr Express (
  2. Click Browse.  You will be prompted to select your image from your computer.
  3. When your image has opened, click “Adjustments”, and then “Resize”
  4. In the Resize Options, set the width to a maximum of 1200.  Leave the “Keep Proportions” option selected.  Then click Apply.
  5. Click Save to save your image.  You should save your image with a new name (so you do not overwrite your original image!).  You should leave the quality set at 85.

Once you have resized your image, you are ready to use it on your website!

WordPress 3.8 Update for Sites and Clubs & Orgs is now live

If you recently logged into the admin area for Clubs & Orgs (, or Sites (, you may have noticed the log in page has an updated “SJU” feel, with new background imagery and logo. Once you are logged in, the interface is new with updated colors, graphics, and typography.

New Log in Pages:


This is all due to the latest WordPress OS upgrade, version 3.8.Read about some of the highlights of the new version upgrade below.

If you have any questions, or issues with the new update, or want to get a site or blog for your club, org, or department, please send them to

Introducing a modern new design

Modern aesthetic

The new WordPress dashboard has a fresh, uncluttered design that embraces clarity and simplicity.

Clean typography

The Open Sans typeface provides simple, friendly text that is optimized for both desktop and mobile viewing. It’s even open source, just like WordPress.

Refined contrast

We think beautiful design should never sacrifice legibility. With superior contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.

WordPress on every device

We all access the internet in different ways. Smartphone, tablet, notebook, desktop — no matter what you use, WordPress will adapt and you’ll feel right at home.

High definition at high speed

WordPress is sharper than ever with new vector-based icons that scale to your screen. By ditching pixels, pages load significantly faster, too.

Pick a color

We’ve included eight color schemes so you can pick your favorite. Choose from any of them below to change it instantly.


To change your color scheme later, just visit your profile.

Refined theme management

The new themes screen lets you survey your themes at a glance. Or want more information? Click to discover more. Then sit back and use your keyboard’s navigation arrows to flip through every theme you’ve got.

Smoother widget experience

Drag-drag-drag. Scroll-scroll-scroll. Widget management can be complicated. With the new design, we’ve worked to streamline the widgets screen.

Have a large monitor? Multiple widget areas stack side-by-side to use the available space. Using a tablet? Just tap a widget to add it.