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Chad Hietala
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  • Grand Blanc, MI
  • United States
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Higher Ed and CDNs
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Wiegman Mar 14, 2011.

 

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Chris Wiegman replied to Chad Hietala's discussion Higher Ed and CDNs
"Our main departmental site has about 1000 unique visitors a day. We self host and use MaxCDN for serving static files. Since we've started we've watched our load times go from as high as 45 seconds for first load down to around 5. I doubt…"
Mar 14, 2011
Chad Hietala posted a discussion

Higher Ed and CDN's

I was just wondering if anyone is paying for CDN services to serve their static files?  What is your average traffic like? What were the performance gains?
Mar 14, 2011
Chad Hietala replied to Stephen Bell's discussion HTML Scraping to Migrate Web Content
"I would look into YQL (Yahoo Query Library). You can build your own query that delivers either an XML tree or JSON structure then parse that query with any language. I've never used in the matter you are looking to do but it's worth a shot."
Jul 27, 2010
Chad Hietala replied to Jason Garber's discussion Can we band together to kill off IE6?
"We have dropped support for IE6 and I am going to try to push to drop support for IE 7 in good time. Bad thing is IE 8 is not really that much better. I think doing a browser check and prompting the user that their version is no longer supported and…"
Jun 11, 2009
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AJAX and Javascript

How are you using it? Where are you using it? How are you making it degrade gracefully? What are you doing to make sure applications remain accessible?See More
Jun 8, 2009
Chad Hietala replied to Shere Hicks McClamb's discussion Margin Problems in the group CSS
"To center a div do this: #container {margin: 0 auto; width:xx px;} or #container {margin-left: 0 auto; margin-right: 0 auto; width:xx px;}"
Jun 8, 2009
Chad Hietala replied to Tina's discussion Any one use or heard of Expression Engine
"Expression Engine is great for mid-size companies I supposed. As mentioned, its less of an out of the box product, but that maybe what you need to accomplish what you want. You may want to look into a ECMS (Enterprise Content Management System). We…"
Jun 2, 2009
Chad Hietala replied to Drew Stephens's discussion University Web Branding: Good or Evil? in the group Design
"We are in the beginning stages of redesigning out website. Branding is important but I also think it is important to have variation in that. A university web site is a hairy best different ideas and different walks of life and I think that it can be…"
May 30, 2009
Chad Hietala replied to David Boddie's discussion CSS Frameworks? in the group CSS
"I use 960 gs templates for designing but never really use the "framework", same with blueprint css. I do use the Myer's reset occasionally, but I have written my own reset before. I wouldn't really call these frameworks either.…"
May 30, 2009
Chad Hietala replied to Andrea M. Dillon's discussion Design vs. Usability in the group Design
"I think they are both very important regardless of time line and budget. Your web expirence should be rich, fun and easy to use. I can't really see a design not appealing to the multiple audiences, its more in your information architecture and…"
May 30, 2009
Chad Hietala replied to Tina's discussion What are some of the current Design Trends people like? in the group Design
"I'm a real big fan of white space, large font faces, ribbons, 1px highlighting, and gradients."
May 30, 2009
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May 30, 2009
Chad Hietala replied to Tina's discussion CSS3 vs CSS 2 - Columns in Text in the group CSS
"This can be accomplished by setting divs to display as tables and table cells. Very interesting approach and is supported in a lot of browser except IE (of course). Here is a tutorial and better…"
May 29, 2009
Chad Hietala replied to Jody Benedict's discussion Print Stylesheets in the group CSS
"I would suggest taking out any elements that are only relevant to the web and concentrating on formatting the text so that it is simplified and makes since when printed. As it was mentioned before you can do at @media print and source a stylesheet…"
May 29, 2009
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May 29, 2009

Profile Information

Employer?
University of Michigan-Flint
Website:
http://umflint.edu
List three areas of expertise or specialization.
UI, UX, CSS
What CMS are you using?
Interwoven Teamsite
What department or office are you in?
University Relations
Primary Job Responsibility
Currently I am like a one man department. I see projects through their entire project cycle. I am responsible for IA, wireframing, UI, UX and templating.
Number of students at your institution
6000-7000?

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