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WebNet, 16 November: Find out more about the Drupal service roll-out

By Clare Kennedy, on 20 October 2016

This term’s WebNet will take place on Wednesday 16 November, 2-4pm at 26 Bedford Way (Room G03).

The session will focus on the next phase of the Drupal CMS project and cover:

  • Drupal pilot sites update: hear from our Brain Sciences and Teaching & Learning pilot site editors on their experience of using Drupal and how they have helped us to shape and improve the new CMS
  • CMS features and product roadmap: a look at current Drupal functionality and how we will manage your requests for new features
  • Moving from Silva to Drupal: service roll-out, prioritisation, timing, training and support
  • Your questions and comments

No need to book. We hope to see you there. If you can’t make the meeting, further and more detailed communications on Drupal and what it means for your websites will be sent in early November via the Digital Presence newsletter and our other channels.

Find out more about the new CMS on our Drupal page. Any questions please email web-support@ucl.ac.uk

A quick update on CTA buttons and their use in Indigo

By Joel Hardman, on 26 July 2016

Update 18 August 2016
This has now been applied.

A call-to-action button’s purpose on your website is to provide the user with a visually enhanced link to point them to the most likely action they are looking for on your web pages.

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They are styled in a consistent style on all our Indigo sites so that the user can see the most important call-to-action without having to think. See Steve Krug’s iconic book for more advice on usability and intuitive websites:

Steve Krug, Don’t make me think (2014)

As these are specific user events we also track these CTA buttons as events so they are easier to monitor in Google Analytics.

Recently we have been considering the use of CTA buttons in our CMS and we have realised that this pattern has been misused in the ‘more news’ and ‘more events’ links at the bottom of the news/events feed widgets. In order to address this we will be rolling out a change in the next day or two that will change the ‘more news’ and ‘more events’ links back to normal text links. No other CTAs should be affected but do contact web-support@ucl.ac.uk if you have any questions or concerns.

Find out more about the CTA button

Three things we love about Drupal

By Clare Kennedy, on 1 July 2016

Do more within the text editor

One of our favourite features in the new CMS is the WYSIWG text editor. We’ve modified the standard Drupal editor to add great new functionality that can be used from within the editor. You will be able to:

  • Add a call-to-action with one click
  • Create an image gallery
  • Change the number of columns and create your perfect detail page


Helptext and labels to get more from your content

A key element in building a CMS tailored to UCL’s needs is the creation of intuitive labels and help text to guide editors in building accessible, usable and on-brand web pages. All components and fields have a description and explanation on avoiding common pitfalls and getting the most from your content.


No more hunting for images

And finally, we think you’ll love the new Media Library. As with WordPress, your images are stored in one Library so it’s easier to search for them plus you can see the images in thumbnail format!


Small change on UCL’s footer

By Digital Presence , on 26 May 2016

For those of you who look at their websites regularly, a small change may catch your eye!

We’ve been asked by the Communications and Marketing Office to move the links to UCL Australia and UCL Qatar to UCL Global where they can now be found under
www.ucl.ac.uk/global/around-the-world and last night this change was put live.

The Digital Presence Team

Any questions? Contact web-support@ucl.ac.uk


New websites for the UCL Institute of Education and UCL Dementia

By Clare Kennedy, on 21 March 2016

The Digital Presence team are proud to have worked on two key UCL websites which went live in February.

Institute of Education website

The UCL Institute of Education relaunched its website recently after an ambitious project to redevelop and rebuild the site using Indigo, UCL’s responsive web design framework. Digital Presence worked closely with digital agency Nomensa and with the IOE digital team, led by Head of Marketing and Communications Clare George.

Describing the new site as a true milestone, Clare said: “The site has enabled us to take our place within UCL’s wider digital estate, and has linked us more effectively with systems and content. The project has also been one of the best examples of teamwork I’ve been involved with, including fantastic creative and technical support and guidance from Digital Presence, contributions from staff right across IOE, and incredible dedication from the IOE digital team itself. We’re already enjoying all the opportunities the new site gives us to engage more effectively with our audiences.”

Another key UCL site to go live recently is the UCL Dementia website, built by Morgan Williams from the School of Life and Medical Sciences.

UCL Dementia

As Morgan explains: “Dementia is a priority area for UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences. It was vital that we developed a clear, coherent, compelling and accessible set of web pages to serve as a gateway into the wealth of dementia-related content within UCL’s web estate. I’m very pleased with the experience of using Indigo to create these pages and with a final product that, I hope, will fully meet our users’ needs.”

The Digital Presence team also worked closely with colleagues in DARO to develop the dementia site’s fundraising pages to support the UCL Dementia Retail Partnership through which major retailers have pledged to donate the money raised by the carrier bag levy.

WebNet presentation and name change

By Digital Presence , on 19 January 2016

For those of you who attended WebNet in December 2015 and those who couldn’t attend, please read the presentation used at WebNet.

What is the presentation about?

It covers the CMS project, website standards and the launch of our new ‘building-great-websites’ site.
This site is for people who are building / going to build a website and outlines everything you need to think about before and during the build!

  1. WebNet December 2015 – Presentation (pdf)
  2. Building Great Websites

Name change for WAMS

Following a review of the former Learning Technology and Media Services (LTMS) teams in ISD, it has been decided to change the names of the individual teams
from January 1st, 2016, to reflect more accurately what they do:

  1. Digital Media (formerly Creative Media Services)
  2. Digital Education (formely E-learning Environments or ELE)
  3. Digital Presence (formerly Web & Mobile Services or WAMS)

There are no changes to email addresses such as silva-support@ucl.ac.uk and web-support@ucl.ac.uk.

Please also look at our project page for the new CMS (Drupal)

WebNet: autumn term meeting on 2 December

By Clare Kennedy, on 13 November 2015

You’re warmly invited to join Web & Mobile Services on Wednesday 2 December, 2-4 pm, at 20 Bedford Way, Room LG04 for this term’s WebNet meeting.

Take part in a Q&A session about UCL’s new content management system, learn more about the Drupal feature roadmap and find out about the work being done to improve department and faculty websites.

We will upload the meeting slides to the blog following WebNet and update our online CMS project FAQs to include questions covered during the meeting. Keep an eye on the WebNet category for further posts.

No need to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there!

Update to 2-column layout for all Indigo sites live

By Joel Hardman, on 20 October 2015

Just a quick note to let you know that this morning we rolled out the change to reduce the space between the centre and right columns of the two column layout. Sorry it’s a little late, other priorities got in the way. More details can be seen on this post.

Any issues problems please email web-support@ucl.ac.uk.


Web and Mobile Services

Update to 2-column layout for all Indigo sites (live AND Sandbox)

By Joel Hardman, on 11 September 2015

Hi Indigo template editors,

We have recently noticed as part of our indigo roll-out work that the 2-column layout has a slight error – the middle column wasn’t wide enough (see the grid below it should go to dl4 not dl3 – see the yellow in the diagram) – which leaves a large gap between the middle and right column, like this:

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So we are going to roll out a fix to this on Monday (28th September 2015) like this – which then gives the column more room and makes it look all round better-balanced. (Note – we have delayed the change from the 21st as we want to ensure it is well communicated)


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Possible issues with existing sites

The only possible issue that could occur is if any image you have uploaded is the exact size of the column it is in – because after the change it will need to expand to 80px wider than it is now – so please can you all have a quick look around your sites with ?domain=uat at the end of your link

e.g. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/indigo?domain=uat

and address any issues before the switch-over date – note this link only works inside the UCL network!

If you have any questions of concerns, please comment below or email web-support@ucl.ac.uk

Many thanks

Web and Mobile Services

WebNet presentation

By Digital Presence , on 22 June 2015

Thanks to those that came to the WebNet meeting on June 18th.
We have had a number of requests for the presentation and for those who came but would like to have another look, please visit the WAMS news page on the ISD website at