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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.

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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 trend. And we wanted to gather your feedback abo . . .

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 updatesMobile websitesUpdates to the VCU blogsiTunesand moreWe'll post a more detailed agenda as we approach the Web Users Group me . . .

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 newer appliance returns r . . .

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 about setting up useful keywor . . .

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('allowfull . . .

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 but even more powerful for our advanced users . . .

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 th . . .

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 b . . .

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 useful for you. (And I can post them in a more timely fashion.) We'd like . . .

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