Ever visit a website and find something you really needed only to reach the dreaded “page not found?” Ever find yourself reading a web page and stumbling over typos? We all know the answer and cringe at the idea that it happens on web pages which represent our own departments and the university. Better question: What do you think goes through the minds of prospective students when they’re exploring our website and hit these mistakes and roadblocks? I think we can all agree the answer is not good.
What can we do about it? While it’s true that you can find the occasional human error in the original U.S. Constitution, we’re in a much better position than our founding fathers – we now have tools to make up for our shortcomings. The trick is – it requires commitment and dedication on all of our parts to produce a website that is error-free.
SiteImprove enters the conversation. On June 3, Web, New Media and Design is launching the biggest quality assurance initiative on LMU.edu since, well – ever. This new tool scans all of our websites and provides a dashboard detailing every misspelling and broken link – and that’s just to get started. The best part? This system is very visual and very easy to use – it prioritizes your mistakes and even highlights pages with happy and sad faces.
Ready to dig in? See the screenshot below for a preview of the new solution. Better yet, register to attend our roll-out demo on June 3 and, working together, let’s make these mistakes part of our past. Once you’ve mastered the first few tricks, we’ll show you how this solution will also help you audit your site for 508 accessibility (ADA compliance), SEO (search engine optimization) and traffic analysis. It’s that good.
Next month, the yearlong migration to the new CMS will be done! As we pass this major milestone, our attention shifts to enhancing and improving your TerminalFour Site Manager experience. We have a lot to look forward to – new features, tools, a stable and fast CMS and much more. We’d like your feedback and ideas on what is most important to you. What would you like to see T4 do better? Tell us here.
On deck for this May: We are streamlining the publishing process. We’re redeveloping the T4 publishing mechanism so that your web edits and updates are pushed into production much more frequently. It’s a balancing act – if we make every web change instantaneous, the overall stability and responsiveness of the CMS and the live website will suffer. And, been there, done that. But there’s a lot of wiggle room in between and we intend to exploit technical opportunities in the next two months so you see things published a lot faster than today. Stay tuned.
February will bring many more launches as we wind down on the project. Most of the content has been moved in TerminalFour; it’s just a matter of “polishing” up the sites before taking them live. Weekly (or almost weekly) training sessions are still on Fridays, so please sign up or check with your web manager to see if it’s the right time to do so.
We’re pleased to announce a major migration that took place in December: Extension. In addition to looking super clean, it’s also the first site to utilize the Localist calendar widget. Click on any event on the Extension homepage and check it out!
The integration of Localist is a pretty big deal. Now that we’ve accomplished that, we can really push forward on migrating all the remaining sites, especially those that utilize calendars. We’ll be updating the Migration Schedule this week, so please stay tuned.
In the meantime, have you signed up for Terminal 4 Training? If your site has already been migrated or you know it’s in the works, sign up here.