We are very close to the Christmas holidays again and I thought it’s about time to decorate my desktop while counting down the days. I’ve been browsing the web to see what is available and I found some awesome designs from VLADSTUDIO, which offers the usual kind of digital art given away as desktop decorations. … Continue reading Xmas Digital Art Wallpapers
In a previous post How to Skin a Wiki, I was adamant that the Wiki design should be basic: This assertion was based on principle, but furthermore on naivety, as I was a novice when it came to Wiki mark-up. I now have some understanding of the potential for more complex design layouts in Confluence. … Continue reading Confluence Design Templates
Mega Menus might sound like McDonalds’ latest attempt to Super Size your life but not in the web design community. Here we’re talking about a relatively new development to help navigation around websites. For quite a long time drop down menus have been a popular navigation feature on the web – our corporate website has … Continue reading Rise of the Mega Menu
There are big changes coming to the staff intranet! The staff intranet, also known as “docs”, is the default homepage for staff on campus and has served us well for the last… actually I don’t know how many years! But it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the systems – both process and technical – are not … Continue reading What’s Up Docs?
This week Web Services started a new way of running some of the projects we undertake. It’s still early days (five of them!) but I thought it might be useful to explain what we’re doing so that we can reference it in future. The system we’ve adopted is called Scrum – the name comes from … Continue reading Burning down the house
Inspired by University of Bath’s post about how they deleted the internet, last week we installed some heatmap software to plot where on a page users click. We’ve had it running on a few pages and already some interesting patterns are showing. We’ll be using these heatmaps to help up determine what’s working on the … Continue reading Hot or Not?
Throughout the recent redesign of our departmental sites, we’ve used an array of images from Flickr, under Creative Commons licenses. This meant making additions to our copyright page that complied with the conditions. We aimed to: Display a thumbnail of the image and a link back to its original Flickr page Credit the authour under … Continue reading Copyright Liberation
In catching up on my feeds over the last week I came across an interesting diversion from Sitepoint looking at ten websites from ten years ago. So using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine I pulled up previous copies of the Edge Hill website. Of course in 1999 the site was hosted at ehche.ac.uk but far … Continue reading ehche.ac.uk in 1999
We have been redesigning and reorganising our faculty and departmental websites over the last two months, and we are pleased to announce that the majority have gone live this morning: Business School English and History The Faculty of Health Law and Criminology Media Natural, Geographical and Applied Sciences Performing Arts Social and Psychological Sciences Sport … Continue reading New Departmental Sites
Phil Wilson from the University of Bath has just published a summary of browser statistics so I thought it might be interesting to do a comparison. We also use Google Analytics and it covers virtually every page on the site. We don't distinguish internal visitors so I'll give figures for external and total. External visitors: … Continue reading Browser stats