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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 […]

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 […]

Improving findability with the new A-Z

In the 17 days since we unveiled the new A-Z web directory, we’ve had over 30,000 clicks to the many university websites listed in the directory. Shortly after the unveiling, we added in search tracking to track what keywords were drawing people to your sites. We’ve also added more helpful information to our knowledge base […]

Web Users Group – Video from July 14

You can view the video from our July 14 Web Users Group meeting below. A written summary of the meeting is also available. You will need to have Flash Player and Javascript enabled to view the video. var so = new SWFObject(‘http://www.ts.vcu.edu/flash/player.swf’,’mpl’,’600′,’450′,’9′); so.addParam(‘allowscriptaccess’,’always’); so.addParam(‘allowfullscreen’,’true’); so.addParam(‘flashvars’,’&streamer=rtmp://video2.vcu.edu/vod&file=sdgrainer/wug-july14.flv&stretching=fill’); so.write(‘player’);

Confluence: New wiki application

Over the past few years, we’ve tested several options to run university wikis. We began with MediaWiki as the most well-known wiki engine. It worked well but was very difficult for non-technical users to grasp. When we began testing Confluence, we knew we’d found a winner – it was easy for new users to grasp […]

Urchin Upgraded to 6.602

On Tuesday, July 13, we upgraded Urchin (our University-wide web analytics application) to version 6.602 from version 6.4. This update adds several useful new features such as: LDAP authentication Adwords integration More user agents and operating systems (such as Android and Chrome, but not iOS or Mobile Safari) We will be testing the new features […]

Using VCU Keywords for Short URLs

Originally the VCU Keywords service was designed specifically with user-defined keywords in mind, so that for instance go.vcu.edu/biology would redirect to the Department of Biology’s homepage. This feature is useful for both print and email marketing campaigns because it gives a shorter, easier to remember URL for website addresses that may otherwise be long and […]

Web Users Group: July 14th Meeting Minutes

Thanks to those of you who were able to make it today. Rather than posting an extremely long summary of today’s meeting, I’ve decided to post about each item in a separate entry. I’ll link to each here as I add them. This way you can easily pick and choose the items that are most […]

A-Z Web Directory

Last fall we introduced the new combined VCU search page (example here) which combined the web search and people search results. Only a month or two later, we reworked it to add in search results from the A-Z system (another example). Even as we added the A-Z results, we wanted to make it easier for […]

WUG Meeting – July 14th

We’ve been busy at Web Services working on exciting new projects that we’d like to introduce to you at the next Web Users Group on July 14th. Here’s what we’ll be talking about: VCU Mobile – apps for smartphones Completely rebuilt A-Z application New, more user-friendly Wiki software FileDrop – a new app for sharing […]