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Web Statistics and the Final Four

Today, a lot of people around the United States are asking “Who is Virginia Commonwealth University?” and “Where is Virginia Commonwealth University?”. They’re turning to the Internet to find out more about this underdog basketball team and the university they represent. Even before coach Shaka Smart and the men’s basketball team clinched their victory against […]

The new A-Z Mobile Index

Last fall, we outlined our plans to improve the mobile web at VCU. We provided draft guidelines for mobile development, and we discussed adding a Mobile category to the A-Z index. Today I’m pleased to announce that you can now add your mobile-ready sites to the A-Z mobile index.

VCU Mobile for Android Now Available

VCU Mobile is now available for Android devices. The initial version of the app launched this week with the VCU Directory, Courses, Maps, News, Emergency contacts, Library, Athletics, and Blackboard Learn modules. With these modules, you can search for people, courses, and library books at VCU. You can check scores and schedules for your favorite […]

Upcoming Central Authentication Service (CAS) Redesign

The page you’re used to seeing when you log in to many VCU websites is about to change. On Tuesday, January 25, Technology Services will unveil the newly redesigned VCU Central Authentication Service. It was redesigned to better match the overall VCU look and feel. As an added benefit, this new version should be much […]

Our Mobile Strategy

At last week’s Web Users Group meeting, we unveiled some of our strategy for improving mobile web offerings at VCU. Many of the things we discussed are still in the early stages of development, but we wanted to let university web developers know ahead of time that we do plan on tackling the growing mobile […]

Web Users Group meeting – December 1

We will be holding a Web Users Group meeting on Wednesday, December 1 from 10:30 am to noon in Cabell Library, room B-35. We’d love to see you there. Here are some of the things we’ll be discussing at the meeting: VCU Mobile updates Mobile websites Updates to the VCU blogs iTunes and more We’ll […]

VCU Now Listed in iTunes U

While we’ve had iTunes U available privately within VCU for over three years now, yesterday marked the first time VCU was available from the public list of universities. We are excited to see what this broader availability will mean for our content providers who have chosen to make their content public. If you have compelling […]

MySQL Downtime Thursday Night

The central university MySQL server will be shut down Thursday night from 8:45 – 9:30 pm in order to upgrade the network drive that it operates on. The MySQL outage will affect the following services: A-Z Index: The A-Z index will be unavailable during the downtime. The VCU combined search will continue to work, but […]

Milestones: A-Z and FileDrop

Today we crossed major milestones in two of our relatively new applications. As of this morning, the new A-Z index has generated over 150,000 visits to VCU websites through either the VCU search or the A-Z index itself. That averages out to over 2100 visits per day since the A-Z index went live on August […]

Google search issue & fix

We upgraded to a new Google search appliance this morning. As a result of changes to the way the Google search appliance works, the default search settings for some VCU sites will need to be updated. The previous Google search appliance would automatically return results in the default template (which was the VCU template); the […]

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