Don’t let gremlins stop you

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I remember a new toy I got at Christmas that was exactly, EXACTLY, what I had asked Santa Claus for. It was the GI Joe Jeep. I remember the excitement and the anticipation while tearing off the wrapping paper and opening the package. Oh the joy at pushing that jeep around and making all the vroom, vroom sounds. I had freedom! I chased …

WordPress Websites for Small Business in 300 words

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A WordPress website for small business is a process. And it’s not really Design as we know it. It’s more of a selection process with the visual design as the last item of import. Here’s the basic recipe that I always follow:

Choosing a WordPress theme

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Choosing a theme for WordPress can be exciting and fun! I don’t know about you but I’m like a kid in a candy store with $40 to spend! Big dramatic images of beautiful people, colorful wide vistas, deeply moving landscapes, iconic world events, extraordinary photographs of everyday life, combined with appealing color schemes all designed to capture the visitor’s attention. That’s exactly …

WordPress, Google Analytics, and RavenTools. A killer combination.

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I love Google. There, I said it. I love the general direction they’re headed in even if I don’t like (sometimes loathe) how they organize their content and navigation. But add two other tools I love and now we have a killer combination of content delivery platform, analytics, and automated report generation. Perfect for faculty and staff and makes my …

Birth of a University Mobile App

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One of the first projects I was handed after I started at Norwich University was responsibility for a mobile app. The conversation with my boss at the time went something like this. “…and we need to work with Admissions on the mobile app.” “What mobile app?” “Admissions and the Development office have been talking about a mobile app.” “How far …

SEO plugins for WordPress

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked “what’s the best SEO plugin for WordPress?” My immediate reply (trying to keep the look of exasperation off my face) is to ask, “in terms of what?” Think of it this way, what if someone asked you what’s the best car or best place to live? For me these questions …

NU Update Online Campus Maps

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For the past year my team and I have been working on replacing our outdated static campus map. On Friday April 4, 2014 we made our new online campus map available. This doesn’t sound quite as sexy as I’d like but it will mean a whole lot to the University over the next 5 years. Map Platform Requirements I dislike …

Norwich University Website Rebuild: update #3

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It occurs to me that I should probably give this project a name other than “University website  rebuild”. Bob comes to mind but… For now I’m going to refer to it as NUMedia because the project encompasses all different types of online media whereas the old site could barely handle HTML. So here’s the latest on the project. Tuesday Mar …

Building faculty profiles

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A little background on the current state of affairs. During the move to stabilize our sites (see Rebuilding a university website. Step one.) we moved legacy content to WordPress and didn’t take time to do a redesign. We just used the content and design we already had. The design isn’t responsive and there’s old code for a mobile site that’s so outdated …

Rebuilding a university website. Step one.

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I’m about to embark on a BIG construction project and I thought it would be fun to document it as I go. Plus I need a place to write down my thoughts – it helps me think and plan. So this post is the first in a series about my project – taking the Norwich University website from a boring brochure …

Don’t be a donkey killer

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There’s an old farmer’s parable that goes something like this. If you place a donkey equal distant from two delicious looking bales of hay, he’ll starve to death. The reason is he can’t make up his mind which one to eat. Too many choices for the donkey. Every time I research something online or want to buy something, I have …

Our words make our world

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Words. I’m humbled by great writers and orators. Did you know Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address twice before he delivered it? Two different copies written by hand. The speech is only 262 words long and one of the most powerful speeches ever given. It is said that Lincoln knew full-well the importance of that speech and prepared for it. …