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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 Web and Mobile Services (WAMS) , 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.

Thanks

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:

Snap 2015-09-11 at 15.56.37

 

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)

 

Snap 2015-09-11 at 15.59.47

 

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 Web and Mobile Services (WAMS) , 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

 

Reminder – WebNet tomorrow June 18th

By Web and Mobile Services (WAMS) , on 17 June 2015

This is to remind you that tomorrow, Thursday June 18th,  between 12 and 2, WAMS is holding its termly WebNet meeting which this time is dedicated to a briefing about
Indigo and Silva and the new CMS.

The room is in the basement of the Cruciform building:

LT2 Basement 404

Feel free to bring your lunch.

Hope to see you there!
The WAMS team

 

WebNet: Indigo and Silva Briefing

By Web and Mobile Services (WAMS) , on 9 June 2015

Come and find out more about Indigo – UCL’s website design pattern library – and how it works with Silva.

The provisional programme is:

The new CMS: what’s happening?
What is Indigo?
What is the difference between an Indigo Silva template and the existing corporate template?
How easy is it to move my site to Indigo Silva?
Is Silva editing different with Indigo?
When can I start?

No need to book.
Venue: Cruciform Basement, B404 – LT2
Date: Thursday 18 June 2015
Time: 12.00 – 2.00pm

 

UCL’s new CMS

By Susan M Farrell, on 4 June 2015

I’m pleased to inform you that we have now chosen our new CMS and the supplier who will work with us to implement it.

The CMS is Drupal which is Open Source and has a very strong developer community and wide usage.

The supplier is Code Enigma, a specialist Drupal company which is actively involved in the developer community and has wide experience of implementing Drupal.

The project will start later this month.

 

Silva editing broken in Chrome

By Joel Hardman, on 22 May 2015

**Update**

The fix has now been rolled out so editing should work in Chrome again – please hard refresh you page if you are still having problems (CTRL F5 / CMD F5)

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It looks like Chrome has recently updated and broken Silva editing – the save button doesn’t work.

So please use Firefox to edit.