"Your blog and feed approach to CMS training and support sounds like it will be very efficient... We are going to be rolling out a new WordPress multisite network, and that is definitely something I'll adopt as well. Thanks for the tip!"
"I like the idea of giving them something they can take notes with. I am not a fan of printing things that go obsolete quickly. Our old docs held up for 3 years, and I'm crafting the replacements to hold as long as possible -- to…"
"My (totally anecdotal) perception is that printed manuals are not particularly useful to most users these days. When you factor in maintenance and updating of the manual, they are really not worth the effort. Contextual online help, along with a…"
"We've gone for simple, monthly, linking to the full article but include a short description so folks can choose what to read. Perhaps a balance of what is included in full and what should really be a link to a page with more…"
I've seen a few examples of printed, bound training books -- some with tabs. In the long-term I'd love to grow our training materials into something that's a combination of how-to, style guidelines, and related policies. I think then it would be worth the effort.It'll be a while before I have all the content together, so for now I'm curious -- is a training book that is printed and bound effective?I'm investing quite a bit of time developing "Help" pages for each site -- a page with links to…See More
"Didn't see anything on amCharts.
For what we want to use it for we need to be able to plot multiple points per line. In one case it's a faculty member with multiple areas of research, in another it's a course listed across…"
content management, information architecture, accessibility
What CMS are you using?
Cascade Server by Hannon Hill
What department or office are you in?
Primary Job Responsibility
As assistant director of web development at Vassar College I have developed procedures for maintaining over 150 official sites. I am currently implementing an enterprise content management system while managing the manual maintenance of legacy content from over 500 content providers.
"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.…"