Wednesday’s Web Maintainer Summit was attended by over 80 web maintainers from around campus. For the many who
couldn’t make it, here’s a summary of the session. (If you want the short version, you may wish to skip down to the Launch Schedule and Getting Your Site Ready.)
The slides are available for download (16.4MB, IUP only, login required). Additionally, a Blackboard Collaborate recording of the session is available on itube (login required).
The Strategic Website Assistance Project, or SWAP, wraps up on May 28 when the updated Criminology and Criminal Justice website goes live.
The results from the site updates are encouraging. We are particularly excited to have most of the departments done at this point because this is the time during which high school juniors are looking around to see which colleges have their major.
Additionally, the new site will aid our efforts to increase the accessibility of our main website.
The redesign is a collaboration between the Web Team, the Design Studio, and IT Services.
Download the slides to see some site mockups.
All dates are our best estimates.
The Web Team is working with IT Services to make the transition to the new template as seamless as possible. You current pages will be moved to the new design automatically, and the Web Team will be double-checking all the most-visited pages before launch,
and continue resolving any issues that come up throughout the summer.
That said, there are a few things that web maintainers can do now to make the transition to the new website easier. Getting these complete by June 23 will help make our update process much smoother.
We’ve always asked that web maintainers use quicklinks when linking from one CMS page to another. Because this update will change the ID number of many pages on the website, it’s important to use quicklinks so that we can avoid broken links when the upgrade
Web Team How-To on Quicklinks
On the new site, you may find that more visitors see your page summaries. Making sure these are up to date is a good idea.
Web Team How-To on Summaries
Any content that is in a checked-in state when we update the site will not move to the new site template. This is true even for pages that are published and currently visible on the site. Basically, any content block without a status of “A”—that is, published—will not get updated to the new design.
So it’s vital that each web maintainer goes to the Workarea, looks at their Dashboard, and checks their list of “Content Currently Checked Out.” Make sure that you have no content checked out.
Web Team How-To on Checking Content In and Out
If you have any old content on your website that you know you don’t need any more, it will help the update process if you request deletion of those pages. This will save us from working on pages that are no longer needed.
Remember, only published content will move to the new website. Checked out, checked in, and submitted content will not be converted.
Web Team Help About Deleting Content
We think that most of these have been updated by now, but if your site is still using the old-style ViewMaster (one big trapezoid with four little trapezoid thumbnails), you’ll want to update those to carousels. The ViewMasters use Adobe Flash, which
does not work on mobile devices. Because 1 in 4 visitors to the website is on a mobile device, we will no longer support ViewMasters on the new site. (They’ll just be removed during the launch process.)
Web Team How-To on Carousels
We’ll soon be conducting some first-click testing of the new design. Watch for the link soon.
Thanks to everyone who attended. This is a big step for the website, and we are glad we got to talk to so many of you face to face. If you’ve got any questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll be publishing a Q & A post next week, drawing from any questions we’ve been sent.