"Jake: A couple other tips that were adopted by major publications:
1) First, Karine is right about funny and creative headlines: Avoid them if you can. If it is an article by an author and you can't change the headline on the page itself,…"
"Thanks Michael. Very good points. This university does have a large archive of past issues that they'd like to import into the new CMS environment (Drupal) once it's up and running. We are bracing ourselves for an initial drop off in…"
"The more content you have (the more stories you have online), the more authority Google can ascribe to you and the more chances you'll have for high rankings on long tail search terms. So avoid deleting anything, and don't change URLs on…"
"Thanks Brad and Karine--good stuff. In my research I haven't found a lot of advise that veers too far from "normal" best practices for Website design, so I really appreciate your help. Karine, I think you are definitely onto the right…"
"Ideally, the headlines of your articles should also be search engine friendly, i.e they should work without the body of the article to pull some readers viewing them as they are listed in search results.
It's better to avoid smart or funny…"
"SEO, Accessibility, Valid XHTML overlap in some ways, so make sure you follow those standards.
Don't worry about meta keywords, search engines don't weigh those into the results like they use to.
Have useful alt="" and…"
HI Everyone, We are in the process of building out a redesigned website for an university alumni magazine. A question has come up regarding SEO best practices for publications in general and specifically for a online university magazine. I figured this would be a great place to harness the wisdom of the crowds and come up with some creative solutions.To clarify: we are covering all the basics in terms of website design best practices, but wanted to explore issues related to publications, since…See More
"Emergency Alerts for OU Campus allows you to communicate with students, staff, and the community with custom website announcements. When time matters most, make sure your website is the go-to place for info."
"This is the first time I have been here in a long time. Selfishly, I would hope that you would be able to continue the site, but I understand realities. As I re-acquaint myself, I'm seeing a lot of value in what you have tirelessly built.…"
"Hi Mark, in line with many others who have posted, first a big thank you for providing this resource for so many years. I was a keen reader of it and occasional poster a good few years ago. And I loved my Website Hero mug until I dropped it and had…"
"I was a recent addition and did not find too much activity here that I could leverage but LinkedIn does seem to be the logical destination. Perhaps there is interest here and you can crowd source the migration. Migrating the content could…"
"I would be very sorry to see this resource go. I am just a one person shop at my college and feel quite a alone as far as anyone understanding the complexity of what I do. It's a wonderful thing to see people facing the same challenges I face…"
"I wouldn't feel necessary to stick with Ning if the cost isn't a burden. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Slack are all satisfactory options in my opinion. Slack is a great option for more instant communication, and you'll probably find a lot…"
"Thank you Mark, this has been an invaluable resource - particularly for seeing how our cohorts at other institutions approach the problems we all face.
But, as many people have said today, I haven't visited in a while. I think that's…"
"Regardless of where this goes, Mark, thanks for setting it up and running it all these years!
I find it quite useful myself, lurking mostly, but occasionally joining in where it might help us, or I might be able to provide value. I like having this…"
"OK, I give up. I am at Texas A&M, and @tamu.edu is not listed among those allowed to create userids. Can someone either (1) add TAMU.EDU or (2) send me an invitation to uwebd slack? (email@example.com).
I agree that the paid Ning site may have outlived its usefulness in light of other group media apps. Like many have stated, Slack and FaceBook / LinkedIn groups. are good options. Slack may not have as much adoption as FB or LI yet.
"If you decide to leave Ning, please consider as an additional place to have this discussion group at no cost, the GROUPS.IO discussion group network which is free and of a very high quality. It also provides a wiki to those who have discussion…"
"UWEBD is a site I come to ever so often but would hate for it to go away because it is a great place to meet and get input from other university web developers. Maybe move to a cheaper platform, Facebook group or LinkedIn group would be my choices.…"