I meant to blog about this last week but bank-holiday-weekend-fever caught up with me. 1st May was RSS Day - aimed at raising awareness of feeds and how they can be used to stay connected to websites that interest you. I've blogged before about the topic and said then we'd be introducing more feeds in … Continue reading Choice Part 7: Bite the hand that feeds you
Search is one of the key ways that visitors find what they're looking for on our websites. A good search engine can quickly and acurately direct the user to the right place and make for a more efficient and productive experience. In the past we've used Novell's QuickFinder search service to spider the site, supplemented … Continue reading Choice Part 6: Lucene in the sky with diamonds
Edge Hill weren't the only people to launch a website redesign in the last week. On Monday, the BBC News website had it's biggest redesign in years. Personally, I quite like the new design but they've come under a lot of flak for certain decisions. Martin Belham blogged 60% of commenters hate the new BBC … Continue reading Choice Part 5: Pushing the boundaries?
So on to the first of our web applications! Unsurprisingly, quite a large (and important) part of our audience is people interested in studying at Edge Hill and the courses we offer so it's important that the website makes it easy for visitors to find the information they need. To meet this requirement, a lot … Continue reading Choice Part 4: eProspectus
Overview The main objective of the redesign was to include the :choice branding, and to create a consistent visual association with the printed prospectus. We hope to establish a look and feel that will continue in forthcoming marketing campaigns. For this project we have collaborated with Splinter, a Liverpool based design agency. We now hopefully … Continue reading Choice Part 3: Design Objectives
For years, most of the corporate website has been produced as static web pages using Dreamweaver. This has worked well - we're able to ensure the design is tight, content correct and the site doesn't grow to an unmanageable size. To help manage content on the site, Web Services have produced a few key applications … Continue reading Choice Part 2: A new platform
Today we're launching a brand new design for the Edge Hill University website, this marks the most significant revision of the corporate site since we gained University status. Major developments of the website include a new 'study' area, some additional applications and functionality - search, news, events, and the eProspectus system has had a complete … Continue reading Choice Part 1: The Big Brief
In one of my previous posts I embarrassingly listed the use of Image Maps as one of Nate Koechley’s ten tips for making web pages load faster, what I meant was CSS Sprites. We will be using CSS Sprites to organise common graphic elements in the Choice Campaign website. They are a really easy way … Continue reading Preparing for the Big Brief: CSS Sprites