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Jan
22
2016

The challenges of audience and task based navigation

I read an interesting article recently by content specialist and top tasks evangelist, Gerry McGovern. It was a commentary on a blog post recently written by a member of the UK Digital Govenrment Service (GDS) in which they outlined why they were moving away from an audience based approach to navigation and towards a single, topic based hierarchy for the gov.uk website. This set me thinking about our website and how the University is organised.

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Jan
14
2016

Website Support Clinic update – Content sharing in EdWeb

At this week’s Website Support Clinic, I spoke with somebody who was looking to use an article published on the University’s main News site. As the article’s topic was relevant to her department, she wanted to know whether or not she could simply copy and paste the content, or whether she would need to ask for permission first.

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Dec
3
2015

How to get a grip of your website (and then keep hold)

Yesterday at our monthly Web Publishers Community meeting, a gave a presentation titled “How to get a grip of your website (and then keep hold)”. It’s good do-it-yourself advice, and I also outline where the University Website Programme can step in and help. This post is a transcript of (roughly) what I said…

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May
20
2015

Spring clean your website

This week at the website support clinic, we received a visit from a member of staff looking for advice on how to prepare her website for the upcoming migration to EdWeb. As so often happens, other work had got in the way and the site was in need of a bit of attention. The site contained a large number of outdated news articles as well as pages that were no longer being used. We helped her to identify the pages with the most visitors and the pages that were no longer necessary.

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Mar
30
2015

Inline links – challenging to the reader and the writer

We don’t advocate inline links on our University website. In fact, the current corporate content management system (CMS) Polopoly, won’t allow them. At present, the new CMS EdWeb will but this may change in future. I thought it was a good point to go over why we’ve set the policy, and clarify a few things for fans of inline links.

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