Archive for August, 2009

 

Introducing the Content Forum

August 31, 2009
by Pamela Agar

Websites are only as good as the content they contain.  Even a beautiful website design cannot mask a poorly written and unhelpful page.  And with over 5 million visits to the College website each month, we cannot be complacent about the importance of keeping all our pages current and ensuring they meet the needs of our audiences.

Web Management Board has therefore launched a Content Forum to raise the importance of website content management across Imperial.  We did a lot of work on top level website content during the 2007 web redesign project but, until now, haven’t been able to share what we learned and the techniques and features we regularly use to site owners managing departmental websites.

The new Content Forum will use the knowledge gained during the redesign project to develop a toolkit of resources for College site owners,  and will work to build a strong community of professional web managers who can help and support each other.  This blog is just one part of the Content Forum work – other activities in the short term include:

  • A survey of current site owners to find out more about who is managing the College’s web presence
  • A revamp of the Web Guide to create a user friendly site for new and current site owners, including “how to” guides for working in the College CMS.
  • A programme of site owner workshops and events, building on the established “web workshops” launched by Web User Panel
  • A review of the existing training courses available for site owners
  • The development of a College framework for site metrics to enable the wider roll out of Google Analytics to site owners
  • The creation of a regular automatic report for site owners highlighting CMS pages not updated within the last six months – hopefully to help ensure more up to date content throughout the site
  • An addition to the College web template to enable visitors to the website to report out of date or incorrect content to site owners

Let us know what would help you – and if you want to contribute to any of these activities.

 

 

 
 

Welcome to the Imperial web forum blog!

August 24, 2009
by Pamela Agar

It seems like the perfect time to launch a web forum blog as College branded blogs become available for staff and students.  But as well as testing out our new blogging system, this blog has a serious, and hopefully useful, purpose.

Imperial’s new web strategy commits to providing a package of support and improved communication for website owners across the College.   You’re one of over 300 people right across Imperial looking after College websites – we’re a big, diverse community packed full of great examples of good practice that should be shared.  And the web is a really exciting topic, developing at such a fast pace that we need a way of ensuring we all know the direction of the College web strategy and have a chance to contribute to priorities.

So, we aim to use this blog to let you know about College web projects, site launches, tips and tools for editing the College website and forthcoming site owner events.  We’ll also talk about good practice websites and general developments online.

But we hope it won’t just be us talking – we also hope you’ll use the blog to give us feedback and contribute your suggestions. Comment on the posts, ask questions and share your ideas and views.    And if you fancy writing a guest post, let us know!

So who’s blogging?

We’re the College’s central web team – from the Communications Division, ICT and the Faculties.  We look after the top level of the College website, set design and content standards for the entire web presence, develop and improve CMS functionality, support new sites and new site owners and explore and implement new technologies online.

Pamela Agar

Head of Digital Media & Marketing, Communications Division