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Getting Started in 5 Minutes

For Content Editors:

To get started in CleanSlate, you first need to access to edit content in a site. Contact the site's owner (very likely someone in your office ) and they can either add you to the site or send you a CleanSlate invitation. Once that's happened, you will get an email letting you know that you've been added to the site you want to edit. From here, you can either click the link in the email or go straight to the log in page with your WVU Login credentials, go to Pages and click the page you want to edit.

Many people require no introduction on how to do basic tasks such as editing content, adding and organizing pages, and managing files. CleanSlate's goal is to make it as easy as possible to edit and publish content on the web. 

We recommend checking out the Content Publishing section of this site for more help and documentation. If you need personalized help, feel free to get in touch with your Professional Technologist or with us via the Request Help page. We're happy to point you in the right direction so that you can get your website up and running.

Please note, content changes in CleanSlate have a 10 minute cache. If you publish content and want to see your changes immediately, please read our documentation on busting the cache.


My site is not currently in CleanSlate. Are you going to move it to CleanSlate?

Eventually all sites in Slate will move to CleanSlate. The time frame for each site differs on several factors including if your site needs redesigned, a major overhaul, or has some other requirements that precipitate the move. One thing to know is that it's a manual process. If you're looking to get a head start, send an email to your college's or department's Professional Technologist. They will be able to steer you in the right direction.

Can I magically move all my files and content to CleanSlate?

No, there is no magic button that will move your files and content straight into CleanSlate from Slate or any other system. The content migration process is manual (think copy-and-paste). That said, most people who go through this process enjoy doing it this way because they find areas where they can improve their content and information architecture. A migration acts as an effective audit.

How do I get access to a site in CleanSlate?

Congrats for having a CleanSlate site! To get access to the site, contact the site owner and they can either add you to the site or invite you to the system if you don't already have access to CleanSlate. If they invite you, you'll get an email with a link to log in and edit your site.

I need a new site made and I want to put it in CleanSlate. How do I do that?

All new site requests need to be routed through your department or college's Professional Technologist / Marketing and Communications team. They will be able to get you set up with a new site in CleanSlate where you can begin promoting your next big project.

For Designers and Developers:

If you're a designer or developer looking to makes sites and themes for CleanSlate, we've got a whole section of this site dedicated to Theme Development. We've created resources like Web StandardsBrand Patterns and Hammer which should help you hit the ground running. If you need to request a site or account, we've got a page just for you.

Last updated on July 5, 2018.

We welcome all questions, feedback and bug reports. If you're having an issue, we usually need the following information:

  • A brief description of the issue
  • A link to the page where you saw the issue
  • Screenshots that illustrate the problem - How do I take a screenshot?

Kindly email for help or use the form on the request help page.