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The meeting formerly known as ‘DAB’

The Digital Advisory Board (DAB) has been replaced with the Digital Forum. The Digital Forum will take place on the last Wednesday afternoon of each month. All staff are welcome to attend. The format of the Digital Forum will be presentations, discussions and workshops. The Digital Forum will continue to provide updates on digital services…

4 February 2019Articles and resources Team

IT security event

We were pleased to attend the IT Services security event on Thursday 8 November 2018, which hosted a number of interesting speakers from different IT security specialisms. The event provided a deeper awareness of IT security from an insider’s perspective and the essential work that individuals and organisations in this industry do to manage and…

17 December 2018Articles and resources

Migrating a WordPress single install to a multisite – direct method

Migrating a WordPress single site install into a WordPress multisite isn’t exactly straightforward, but I’d like to present a method for those of you that are not scared of FTP, SQL queries or dropping some tables. So, if you… Have FTP access to both of your sites Have some kind of database access for both of…

31 March 2017Articles and resources Guides

Why we moved from Siteimprove to Sitemorse

Last year I wrote a blog post about how we were using Siteimprove to help find and fix broken links and spelling mistakes on our website. But a few months ago we decided to move to another company to provide this service, a company called Sitemorse. How they work Siteimprove and Sitemorse both provide a range…

10 March 2017Articles and resources

T4 meet-up in Edinburgh

TerminalFour (T4), the company responsible for providing our content management system (also called T4), held a meet-up in Edinburgh on Thursday 24 November 2016. In previous years T4 held a two-day T44U conference in Dublin, Ireland. The new format was designed to make it easier for more local groups to get involved. There were about…

14 February 2017Articles and resources

Runners, repeaters and strangers on the internet

Over the last few years, the digital communications team has changed a lot – we are now committed to an Agile project management methodology, we retrospect regularly and plan comprehensively. Fundamentally, our thought process about the way we work has changed, and that, in no small part, came about because of colleagues in St Andrews’ Lean…

8 February 2017Articles and resources

New URL shortening service

Something we’ve talked about for years is creating our own URL shortening service. A couple of months ago Duncan and I sat down one Friday afternoon and created a very basic one using only household objects. What URL shortening is As the name suggests, a URL shortening service takes a long web address—something that is either difficult…

6 February 2017Articles and resources

5 of the best international calling and texting apps

Ring, ring. Remember these things? You probably don’t since they were so last century. Smartphones have completely revolutionised the way we communicate with one another over the past decade, subsequently rendering cord-tethered landlines a thing of the past — for better or worse.

31 January 2017Articles and resources Technology

Using Google Analytics to define key markets

Recently,  Admissions got in touch asking for some data on international markets and how they use the study section of the site. Having access to this data will be useful going forward as it will allow Admissions to analyse and track individual countries and easily compare them with others. This post looks at what the…

16 December 2016Articles and resources

A to Z of social media

The world of social media moves at a fast pace, and it can sometimes feel overwhelming trying to keep up with all the latest platforms, technologies and terms. To help, I’ve compiled an (almost) A to Z list of common social media terms alongside explanations. This list is in no way exhaustive, but I hope…

5 December 2016Articles and resources Social Media