WordPress: Beyond Posts

As I said previously, the decision to move news to WordPress seems a straightforward one – it’s used by millions of websites to serve up News, including our own faculty and department websites – but our key justification for the migration, to provide story functionality, isn’t something that WordPress does out of the box so […]

Telling the story

Last time I introduced the new Edge Hill News website and this time I’ll introduce one of the major new features. News published through our site often starts life as a press release posted online. Typically it’s a few hundred words accompanied by a photo and calls to action at the bottom telling the reader […]

Chrome: the rise and fall and rise again

Edd Sowden’s recently released browser matrix stats shows some fascinating patterns in usage for GOV.UK and the tool has also been made available on GitHub and for anyone to use. So what does it show for the Edge Hill website? The most striking thing to me is the upgrade cycle for Chrome. With a 7 day bucket […]

Designing for information

Lately I’ve been thinking about how we design information. We spend a lot of time thinking about the design of the homepage, top level areas and Faculty and Department sites but when it comes to content, all too often it’s a copy-and-paste job from a Word document. The move to WordPress for many parts of […]

Senior Web Designer

Hot on the heels of our web applications developer vacancy we’re also recruiting a senior web designer. Over the last twelve months we’ve completely redesigned our website and moved to using WordPress to manage Faculty and Department websites but there’s still more to do and this post will be responsible for managing the design aspects of projects undertaken by […]

A/B testing the mega menu

This week we’ve started experimenting with A/B tests on elements of our site design. The first results are coming in and show us some small but not insignificant improvements can be made. Spot the difference in our mega menu: We’ve been testing how many people visit the Undergraduate homepage from the mega menu – Google […]

Department of Psychology website

Yesterday we launched a new website for the Department of Psychology. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikenolan/5841573955/ It’s our first live fully integrated WordPress website and starts to show what’s possible. It’s taken less than two days to create and while some content was migrated from the DSAPS website in that time we also implemented a new WordPress homepage template […]

Browser Support

A couple of weeks ago, Google announced that from 1 August 2011 they will be changing the way they support web browsers for their Google Apps products including Gmail. Their blog post gives a little more information: For web applications to spring even farther ahead of traditional software, our teams need to make use of […]