Created for VU Barista content editors, this blog features tutorials, tips and tricks, best practices for websites, and new feature announcements. If you are a VUMC Barista user, please contact the VUMC web team at

How to Create a Custom URL

Posted in How-To Guides

You may have noticed when you create a new page of any type in Barista, the URL of that page is automatically generated according to the title of your page. This is a nice automatic feature that helps with SEO. However, if your page title is really long or it's one that you'd like to use in print materials, it may be beneficial to shorten it by creating a custom URL. In this post, I'll explain what a custom URL is and how to create one.

How to Customize Email Links in Barista

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It's easy to link to email addresses in Barista. If you want your visitors to access an email address link, you don't have to do anything more than type the email into your content. Barista will do the rest of the work and automatically link the email address when you save the page. However, if you want to customize your emails, it's only a few more steps. In this post, I'll explain why you should customize your emails and show you how to do it.

March 2016 Barista Updates & New Features

Today we released updated and new features to Barista. What's new? RSS Reader blocks will now show the thumbnail image from Vanderbilt News feeds. We added the ability to edit the link for the "Because of You" Giving to Vanderbilt block, so content editors can use their appeal code link. Lastly, we added more color options! Barista now comes with an additional 8 colors (making it 25 total), plus secondary colors to make your headings stand out.

Image Size Requirements in Barista

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Barista has a few areas where images are scaled and cropped automatically. This can prove a bit tricky to get your images to look how you want, unless you know the minimum size requirements. In this post, I'll share with you the size requirements for all the different areas in Barista. As long as your images meet these requirements, you shouldn't have any trouble adding images to your website.

Vanderbilt News Feeds for RSS Reader Blocks

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A great website not only has compelling images and original content, but also ever-changing content. You're more likely to increase your returning visitor rate by having content that is fresh and up-to-date. One way to do this is to create a blog on your site, but what if you don't have time to blog consistently? That's where Vanderbilt News feeds come in handy! In this post, I'll teach you about Vanderbilt News feeds, where to find them, and how to add them to your Barista site.

Advanced Style Settings for Images

Posted in How-To Guides

If you've been using Barista for a while, you should be familiar with how to add images to your content, but you may not know of some of Barista's built-in style settings for images. In this post, I'll show you some advanced settings to style your images with rounded corners, as a circle, or with white padding and a grey border.

January 2016 Barista Updates & New Features

Today we released updates and new features to Barista. What's new? The blog and blog post templates received a cleaner look, along with new features, including smoother reader navigation and better image flexibility for content editors. Directory pages received a new look for the photo grid layout setting and we introduced a third option for directory layouts.

Faculty Database Integration with Barista

It's now easier to create directory pages in Barista with our integration with the School of Medicine Faculty Database. Instead of manually creating a Person Page for each faculty member, you can now import their data from the Faculty Database. Not only does this save time, but it keeps information accurate across several websites since it's coming from one source. In this post, I'll teach you how to use the Faculty Database integration with Barista and answer a few questions on keeping your information updated.

How to Use the Summary Option on a Blog

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The Summary field allows you to write a short sentence or two summarizing what your blog post is about. When you use the Summary option, the blog page will show your short summary instead of a teaser, and your blog page will look much cleaner. In this post, I'll explain why you should use the Summary option and where to find it.