On January 14th, 2013 we had a casual meeting with many of our department website editors, the university Website Manager, and staff from the Office of University Relations. The two main topics discussed were about the recent Nicholls Website redesign and changes introduced during the recent WordPress 3.5 upgrade. To give more information for meeting attendees and editors that were unable to attend two articles have been written about our meeting topics.
Be sure to check out the Website Editor Checklist & Notes for useful information about maintaining content on the Nicholls websites. If you have additional questions you should contact the Website Manager, or leave a public comment below.
On Monday January 9, 2012 at 2:00pm we will be meeting in the Bollinger Student Union, Plantation Ballroom for our second annual meeting for website editors who help maintain the Nicholls website.
This will be an overview of recent changes and goals for the Nicholls website as well as discussions about issues and requests from our editors. We will be also discuss the upcoming redesign project for the Nicholls website and would love to hear your comments. I am expecting this to be a short meeting no longer than one and a half hours.
Be sure to check out the Website Editor Checklist & Notes for useful information about maintaining content on the Nicholls websites. I am opening this post to comments for those web editors who have questions and others who may not attend the meeting on Monday.
I have planned to migrate the core website to WordPress for over a year. This complicated process was completed on May 26, 2011.
The website management is the same WordPress software used by many of the Nicholls departments with some additional features to manage multiple websites and caching to increase performance. Eventually I will migrate all Nicholls department websites that use WordPress to this combined WordPress system. This will allow our website editors that maintain multiple websites to have a single place to access the administrative tools rather than deal with multiple user accounts. The benefits are too much to explain in this short update message.
There are a few important things to know about this update:
- TheNicholls Calendar has been changed to be integrated with the Google Calendar system. This uses calendars associated with the Website Manager (nichweb) account. This includes the academic and non-academic calendars.
- Nicholls web address changes. This migration forced some changes to address locations(URLs) for many Nicholls web pages. Most old web page addresses should redirect to the new locations, but you should notify me if any old important addresses are missing. I’m placing a list of the address changes below in case anyone needs that information.
- Website performance changes include a caching system. Any issues related to slow performing areas of the website should be reported. Be sure to report any unusual content or problems viewing areas of the Nicholls website.
As always, I appreciate reports for any issues these changes might cause.
Department websites will take some time to migrate into the new system. I will contact department website editors as these changes occur. I anticipate a long period of work this Summer to complete the process.
Nicholls Website Address(URL) Changes
OLD — http://www.nicholls.edu/alumni_friends.html
OLD — http://www.nicholls.edu/current_students.html
OLD — http://www.nicholls.edu/faculty_staff.html
OLD — http://www.nicholls.edu/future_students.html
OLD — http://www.nicholls.edu/campus_life
OLD — http://www.nicholls.edu/academic_calendar
OLD — http://www.nicholls.edu/disclaimer.html
OLD — http://www.nicholls.edu/exce
OLD — http://www.nicholls.edu/unique
OLD — http://www.nicholls.edu/region
OLD — http://www.nicholls.edu/academic_affairs
Many thanks to our Nicholls website editors that were able to attend our informal meeting on January 12th.
I have taken the information from that meeting and written a Website Editor Checklist & Notes page where you will find a cleaned up version of the items covered in our meeting. I have also created a Report Website Issues form that can be used to send e-mail to me about specific website problems.
If you have any questions or comments about the recent meeting, updated checklists, or issue reporting, please leave a comment.