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    Silva Support pages

    By Sonja M Van Praag, on 22 September 2014

    The ISD website is undergoing a complete restructing as I write. In a matter of days, actually…!

    Soon, the Silva support pages will be in a different place and look differently.

    Please email any feedback on the new support pages to silva-support@ucl.ac.uk so I can respond quickly if there is anything missing, unclear etc.

    Silva tips #1

    By Sonja M Van Praag, on 14 August 2014

    • When writing content, make sure it’s short, succinct and in plain English.
    • Avoid unnecessary explanations and meaningless links e.g. ‘If you would like more information about how to register for the conference, click here‘ or
      ‘You can find further information about our courses here‘.
      Instead, create a link with meaningful text (this gets picked up by Search Engines) with a bullet point e.g.:

      • Register for the ICH Paediatrics Conference 2014
      • ICH Courses 2014-15
      • Users are likely to type: register ich paediatrics conference 2014 in a Search engine; they will never type ‘click here’… .
    • Whenever you create something  new e.g. a Silva Document, Silva Folder, Silva Image, News article etc. the first thing you have to type is the ID.
      e.g. ID = conference-form Title= Conference Form

      • Make sure your IDs are always lowercase and if more than 1 word, use hyphens ONLY, not underscore – see example
    • For Silva News articles and Events, avoid using dates in the ID. Search Engines will ignore these. Instead, write a meaningful ID e.g. ich-conference-paediatrics-2014
    • Users tend to scan for information. To help them:
      • Avoid the use of too many different styles.
      • Avoid overuse of bold.
      • Avoid italics.

    Delay – reminder

    By Sonja M Van Praag, on 12 August 2014

    WAMS regularly gets questions about why a change someone has made on a web page is NOT showing.

    Here is the post from April 3rd again:


    WAMS is employing a web-cache which means that when people make changes to their website in Silva, it can take up to 30 minutes before this can be seen by users.
    This is not new, we’ve been doing this for a long time, but it may not have filtered through to all Editors.

    Please pass it on to other Editors in your team.


    Also, if you haven’t already, do subscribe to our blog, choosing the category ‘Silva’, so that you get an email every time I post.

    Bot and Robot filtering on Google Analytics

    By Sonja M Van Praag, on 5 August 2014

    Please read the link (below) from Google Analytics for the explanation.

    WAMS has decided to apply the filtering as mentioned in the link above – this may result in a lower number of visitors to your sites because
    the bots and spider visits are no longer part of the total number of visitors.

    If you have set up your own Google Analytics account, we recommend you tick the box as well to apply filtering.

    And remember, when you do so, you may want to inform others in your team who are looking at GA so they understand why the visitors’ number is dropping.

    Any questions, please email web-support@ucl.ac.uk

    IRIS update

    By Sonja M Van Praag, on 17 July 2014

    The email below was sent to all Chief Editors, Editors and Authors in Silva on Tue, June 15th at 18.08pm.

    Hi Silva editors,

    Just a quick note to let you know that in collaboration with the IRIS team we have just rolled out an update to the IRIS code source.

    The update includes

    •             splitting the profile and publication feeds so the first load when the web user visits the page is faster

    •             and the addition of sorting options in the publication feed so that they are similar to what you find when using  iris.ucl.ac.uk (e.g. highlighted, year, type and title)

    So for all you current IRIS code source users – please check out the new features and let us know by contacting web-support@ucl.ac.uk if there are any problems.

    And for any of you not yet using it please check out the links to see how the widgets could save you unneeded content editing  by reusing content from IRIS directly:

    1. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-branding-demo/code-source-demos/iris-department
    2. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-branding-demo/code-source-demos/iris-research-group
    3. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-branding-demo/code-source-demos/iris-profile

    Many thanks

    Web and mobile services and the IRIS team

    Please note: if you have received this email and are no longer an editor in silva please let us know and we will remove you from our system.

    Not every good writer can write for the web…

    By Sonja M Van Praag, on 20 June 2014

    Paul Boag writes about all things web-related. Sometimes the articles are of relevance, sometimes not, but I think this particular article is worth a read.

    You can listen to his post or read it. You can subscribe to his weekly newsletter. All up to you, but do read the one about writing for the web.

    WebNet05 – June 17th 2014

    By Sonja M Van Praag, on 17 June 2014

    Today, the 5th WebNet meeting was held in the Christopher Inglold XLG LT between 2pm and 3.30pm.
    Relevant presentations are available on the WAMS webpage

    The next WebNet meeting will be held in the Autumn term.

    WebNet June 17th 2 – 4pm

    By Sonja M Van Praag, on 5 June 2014

    Christopher Ingold XLG1 Chemistry LT

    WAMS will present the soon-to-go-live new Search feature on the UCL website and all sites using the Corporate Identity template!

    Please register on the WAMS webpage.

    Delay between edit and what user can see

    By Sonja M Van Praag, on 3 April 2014

    WAMS is employing a web-cache which means that when people make changes to their website in Silva, it can take up to 30 minutes before this can be seen by users.
    This is not new, we’ve been doing this for a long time, but it may not have filtered through to all Editors.

    Please pass it on to other Editors in your team.


    Using add-ons in Firefox

    By Sonja M Van Praag, on 11 March 2014

    Broken links on a web page can put people off re-visiting your website.

    But …

    You can quickly check all page links on a web page by adding the link-checker add-on in Firefox.
    Go to Tools | Add-ons
    In the search all add-ons box – at the top on the right – type ‘link checker’ and choose one of the suggested add-ons.
    You will need to install this and restart Firefox.
    From then on, when you click on Tools, you will see Check Page Links as one of the choices.
    If there is a link in red, you’ll know it’s broken.
    If not broken, they’ll be green.