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WebNet Autumn Term 2016: further information and slides

ClareKennedy2 December 2016

Editors at the autumn 2016 WebNet meeting

Thank you to all editors who attended this term’s WebNet. We’ve had good feedback about the event and it was fantastic to see so many of you there.

We were especially pleased to be joined by colleagues from UCL Brain Sciences who shared their experience of building a new site in Drupal and working with colleagues across UCL on their re-launched site: www.ucl.ac.uk/brain-sciences

The section on the functionality of the new CMS provoked many interesting questions which we’ve rounded up for you on our new Drupal feature page and on our other service pages.

We discussed website standards in the context of department and faculty sites and explained that online guidance will be shared in the new year as part of UCL’s new response to Competitions and Markets Authority guidance for HEIs. A very good question arose after WebNet on whether we also need to look at standards around professional services sites. We think this is very important but we should wait until the ongoing user research into staff and student digital experience is complete before taking this forward (see below for more on this project).

We shared and discussed the new URL naming policy and details of our 2016-17 Digital Transformation projects and links to further information and answers to all your questions are below.

WebNet Q&A

Drupal project update

All the information you need on the CMS project is on our Drupal page. Colleagues were naturally very interested in the timeline for migrating sites to Drupal. This will begin in earnest after the beta roll-out (from March) and we will contact content site owners two months before the work is carried out with a migration checklist and full details of the process:

CMS features and functionality roadmap

Your functionality questions and answers are now on our new Drupal features page. The main aim of the CMS project is to replicate all functionality currently available in Silva so we can focus on migrating all sites to Drupal and eventually decommission Silva but we will continue to capture feature requests and publish the roadmap on the features page:

Moving to Indigo

We looked at how many sites have already moved to Indigo and and discussed the need for Digital Presence to ensure the message is clear on the benefits of moving both to enhance the usability of sites but also to pave the way to Drupal. Find out more about the benefits and process of moving to Indigo on our website:

URL naming policy

Joel Hardman, our Web Technical Lead, shared details of the URL naming policy that has been approved by the Digital Transformation Governance Group as part of our website governance structure. As such we reserve the right to approve all URLs via the domain eligibility committee and work with you to find a good URL that meets all our best practice and SEO criteria and your own website goals:

Digital Transformation projects 2016-17

Susan Farrell, Head of Digital Presence, shared details of the Digital Transformation domain’s projects for the current year including user research into key staff and student user journeys, a new ‘virtual student centre’ website for current students, improved search, event management and prospectus management.

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

ClareKennedy20 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

WebNet presentation and name change

Digital Presence19 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

ClareKennedy13 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!

WebNet presentation

Digital Presence22 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

Digital Presence17 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

Digital Presence9 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



Digital Presence11 December 2014

For those who attended WebNet on December 3rd, 2014, those who wanted to attend but couldn’t and also those who never thought of attending:

  1. LectureCast of WebNet December 3rd, 2014 – with speaker Dan Jackson (WAMS) and Paul Boag (Headscape) – 55 minutes.
  2. Paul Boag’s Digital Transformation for HE (pdf to download)
  3. User-testing website – to get users video-ed whilst testing
  4. Free user-testing website ‘Peek’ with generic tasks
  5. Crazy Egg website – to see where people click on your site
  6. Don’t make me think by Steve Krug – if you have time to read a short book…
  7. Hemingway App – to help you edit long paragraphs

Paul Boag at WebNet 2014 at UCL