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  • Technology & Development, Usability

    Best Practices for Implementing a CMS

    You’ve chosen your content management system and are ready for the implementation stage. This means you can kick back, relax, and let the vendor do all the work, right? Not quite! The implementation process we’ve developed is designed to make things as smooth as possible. Learn how you can help to ensure your implementation is setting you up for success.

  • Usability, Content Management

    Get Found! How to Optimize Your Web Content for Search Engines

    Search engines serve millions of people per day looking for answers to their questions or solutions to their problems. As colleges, we want those people to find the answers and solutions we provide. SEO is a way to optimize web pages so search engines understand them better. Once implemented, SEO keeps the visitors coming and effectively does the promotion for you!

  • Web Design, Usability

    The Welcoming Website Part 1: Accessibility and Universal Design

    Too often, taking steps to increase technological accessibility is a reactive solution to a student or faculty request or the threat of legal action rather than a normal part of the web design process. Conceptualizing your institution’s websites from a Universal Design perspective can have a meaningful impact on both the user experience and marketing efforts of your institution.

  • Research, Usability

    Is Your Higher Ed Website
    Mobile-Friendly?

    Google is now placing much more emphasis on mobile-friendliness as part of their ranking algorithm. This is a good thing for users of Google, as it is now easier to find results that are optimized for whatever device someone is using. But, it could have an impact on websites that are considered not mobile-friendly. So how do you know if Google considers your website mobile-friendly?

  • Usability, Content Management

    Taming the Beast: Rogue Websites in Higher Ed

    A modern content management system (CMS) is designed to address the web and digital marketing needs of your institution. The problem is that a lot of colleges and universities use older systems that lack in functionality and don't have user buy-in. Because of this, website content is sometimes created outside the scope of the CMS that can weaken your marketing efforts. Empower your users to create web and digital marketing content without going rogue!

  • Content Management, Usability

    404 Happens: But It Should Not Spell Disaster

    404 (file not found) is the error code returned by the server when a URL does not resolve to a valid location. Most commonly referred to as "Page Not Found," but it could happen to any resource. When it happens to a page your visitors are looking for, you want to provide a friendly message and recommended navigational options.

  • Technology & Development, Usability

    Why OU Search Is a Better Search Solution

    OmniUpdate just re-released its OU Search™ module in OmniUpdate's OU Campus™ web content management system. This module gives your college and university website visitors the ability to quickly and easily find exactly what they need. Equally exciting, it allows administrators to customize the search results that visitors see, offering up the best user experience tailored to your institution. The new and improved OU Search module vastly exceeds the most popular search solutions out there.

  • Usability, Content Management

    Cultivating Usability with OU Campus Custom Dictionaries

    Maintaining a large college or university website with numerous contributors, sites, and pages can be challenging, especially when it comes to consistency and standardization. One of the biggest hurdles to the usability of these big sites is in keeping an agreed upon vocabulary, naming, and labeling system. Our equivalent in OU Campus v10 is Custom Dictionaries with a new and improved user interface.

  • Usability

    "User Friendly," Usability, and User Experience Decoded

    “User friendly” and “ease of use” have been used as catch-all phrases to describe two very important developments in design: usability and user experience. Often people use these terms interchangeably, but they actually encapsulate different methods working together toward common goals.

  • Usability, Content Management

    Top Ten for Version 10

    No blog would be complete without at least one top ten list! My list of top ten features in OU Campus version 10 includes modernized interface, icons, drag-and-drop functionality, notifications, reports integration and standardization, and the list goes on. What took the number one spot on the list? You’ll have to read on to find out!

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