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WordPress is slow

WordPress is experiencing slowness due to system related work prior to the beginning of the Spring semester.   I do apologize for this.   System work will conclude by the end of the week.

Events Calendar gets a facelift

The VCU Events Calendar public interface was redesigned.   In addition to a new look, it is both web accessible (WCAG 2.0 Level A) and mobile friendly.    We will continue to improve the rest of the application including a redesign of the management side as well as adding new features and functionality. The VCU Events Calendar […]

Four new/updated applications

Introducing four new/updated applications: Filelocker, Course Match, VCU Mobile and Password Resets. Filelocker https://filelocker.vcu.edu Filelocker is replacing Filedrop.  In addition to allowing VCU folks to send up to 2GB files to recipients, Filelocker has many new features, including Allows non-VCU folks to be invited to send files to VCU recipients Does email look-ahead when entering […]

Web Accessibility

As stated in the May 2015 Web Users Group meeting, an accessibility task force has been formed and will meet on a regular basis this summer to provide recommendations for better standards and improvements to VCU’s web presence. This past week, VCU’s accessibility tool “achecker.ts.vcu.edu” was modified to validate against WCAG 2.0 (Level A) with the option to also […]

Impact of Mobile

The use of mobile devices to access VCU resources continues to grow at an ever increasing rate.    As you can see below, in the first 4 months of 2010, 1.1% of the myVCU sessions were from mobile (not including tablets) devices.   In the first 4 months of 2015, the number has exploded to […]

OpenText to be retired on March 15th

As promised, VCU will be turning off the OpenText WCMS effective March 15, 2015. Over two years ago, the university acquired the TerminalFour (T4) web content management system (WCMS) as a replacement for the OpenText WCMS.  Since then, Web Services has provided support for both T4 and OpenText. T4 is cloud based and the T4 vendor […]

Intermittent Filedrop Service

On November 12th we applied a security patch to the Filedrop system and after immediate testing everything seemed to be working fine. In the days following we have heard a few users report that they have experienced intermittent service with the application. We have since identified the error, remedied the problem and will continue to […]

Five fold increase in myVCU mobile viewership

Looking that at the past four Augusts, there has been  a more than 5-fold increase in mobile viewership of the myVCU portal.   With the August 2014 upgrade to a responsive design framework, last month’s 150K+ mobile myVCU viewers were treated to a much better experience. Month      Mobile Viewers       Overall % Aug […]

VCU Mobile has been updated

VCU Mobile, both the Apple iOS and the Android versions, has been updated. The Apple iOS version includes the VCU Branding standard icon, updated Library link and adds Rider to the existing RamRide application.   The Android version includes the VCU Branding standard icon, updated Library link and RamRide now utilizes the Transloc application. To learn […]

3 more sites are now managed by T4

Three more sites (VCU Libraries, IT Governance and Quest for Distinction) are now being managed by VCU’s Web Content Management System — Terminal Four (T4).   This brings the number of T4-managed sites to 17. To assist areas that want to use one of three pre-designed T4 templates, please visit URL: http://go.vcu.edu/t4templates  

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