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Articles about websites (new sites, sites in development, launch announcements, etc.)

New Museums and Collections website

I say “new”, but the Museums and Collections website actually launched a good few months ago now. But I have been so busy over the summer that I haven’t got round to writing about it, until now. I recall that the very…

600th anniversary and alumni websites

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks on the Web team blogging front. Which is the complete opposite of what it’s been like within the Web team: blinkered, and with heads down we’ve been racing to complete the 600th…

Improving navigation on the University website

We are currently working on a project that will provide a subtle but significant improvement in the navigation of the internal University websites (for current staff, students and postgraduates). What we have just now…

Photo of the week archive

The idea for the Photo of the week feature on the University homepage came about in a brainstorming meeting we had back in 2006 with Mac McBurney who was working with the information architecture consultancy company…

Improvement to Error 404 page

Earlier this week we made a minor improvement to the University’s Error 404 Page not found page. On the right-hand side of the page, beneath the section entitled “Website help” we’ve now added a section called “Recent…

Why did the Website go offline today?

In Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson’s excellent book Rework: Change the way you work forever they offer this advice: “When something goes wrong, someone is going to tell the story. You’ll be better off if it’s…

Printing out webpages

Did you know that all University webpages print out in a print-friendly format automatically? From time to time we are asked if we can add ‘print-friendly’ pages to the website. But this functionality has always been…

PDF problems? Check your filenames

We have been contacted a couple of times recently by content maintainers who were concerned that some users of the website were unable to open PDF files. Our users have particularly been having problems opening some…

Advent calendars

I remember as a child during Advent counting down the days to Christmas: the excitement each morning of seeing the next door opened, wondering what would be revealed behind it, and sneakily trying to ‘accidentally’…

Learn about writing for the web

The University’s Staff Development team is providing a course on writing for the web. It will take place 19 November from 1.15 pm to 4.30 pm at Seminar Rooms 3 and 4, David Russell Apartments. If you produce content…