#12 — January’s Gathering
January 28, 2:00-3:00pm, Commons 226
- The Style Audit is a collection of visual enhancements aimed at
- 1) Improving the user experience of our website
- 2) Bringing more consistency across sites to strengthen the brand
- Launched December 16, 2015
- Overall, launch went well
- Outstanding issues
- CTA button size in sidebar
- Larger dropdown menus can appear offscreen
- As of January 12, 2016, Microsoft stopped supporting IE 8, 9, and 10.
- They announced this 18 months ago.
- The older versions still work, but won’t receive bug fixes or other security patches.
- BCO no longer designs for IE 8 or older.
- Less than 1% of our audience uses IE 8 or older
- The site is still functional in IE8, it just doesn’t look as nice.
- Use whatbrowser.org to stay up to date
Featurettes (formerly “Sliders”)
- Featurettes content type found in left admin menu
- Activate homepage presentation by having at least 3
- Can be edited from the front-end
- Ex. bates.edu/biology
- Updated Shortcode Reference on bates.edu/wordpress
- Use the shortcut bates.edu/sr
- New “foldaway” shortcode for hiding/showing content
- Use sparingly.
Annual events pages
What should I do with pages that are only relevant for a portion of the year?
- Orientation schedule, Admission Open House schedule, Reunion, Commencement, MLK Day, etc.
- Keep annual recurring events pages up year round.
- Rather than taking the page down in the offseason,
update the copy to keep audience informed. Include dates for last year’s and next year’s events.
- WordPress is primarily a platform for publishing current information
- While WordPress does have some archiving functionality (pages can be unpublished and kept as drafts; previous versions of pages are available in revision history; backups are kept for security and college records), serious archiving of information should be done outside of WordPress (Google Drive, network storage, etc.).