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Web Services
The blog behind the people

The last (blog) post

Dead end signIt’s all change, as of today, 1 June 2018, with Web Services disbanding to become part of Marketing, and ITS.

You will find Elliot, Peter, Ario and Lynda in Marketing, and Geoffrey and Don in ITS.

Our reporting lines may have changed, but for now, our location remains the same, in Montgomery Ave.

Please continue, for now, to email webservices.support@otago.ac.nz with your support and project requests.

Adding YouTube videos

YouTube website homepageThis is an introduction to embedding YouTube videos.

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What’s it all about?

Why? sign

Why your site needs an About us page

This page’s purpose is to give users the backstory to the department, division, conference, research theme etc. It also helps establish and build a relationship with your visitors.

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By the numbers: January – May 2018

Volt meterThe Otago web farm is growing and traffic within its component websites remains strong going into 2018.

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Home on the range

University homepage - XKCD - https://xkcd.com/773/Image: XKCD

The homepage is similar to that of a building lobby. Having entered the building, visitors look at the directory, orient themselves and then move on to where they actually need to be.

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Looking into photos

The Tetons and the Snake River by Ansel Adams

The idea photos are “usually looked at – seldom looked into” is widely attributed to Ansel Adams – a superb 20th Century photographer, whose statement also applies to how photos are seen on the web.

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Web hosting at the University

Often, groups within the University will have some web hosting requirements that won’t fit inside the University’s content management system (CMS).

Typically, these will be for things like conference and event registration forms, and other small applications that require a database backend.

To accommodate these requests, the University provides a standard environment for hosting these applications based around PHP and MySQL.

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Content still reigns

Top down view of person at laptopThe internet = 24/7 access to a never-ending stash of information on anything and everything.

As with most collections, there is the good, the bad, the ugly, and the uglier. This leads to users filtering content that serves little or no purpose.

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Winter is coming

Winter is coming

In a previous blog post “The spring is sprung, the grass is riz”, we mentioned that at some point in the near future, we’d be migrating http://www.otago.ac.nz websites to secure https URLs.

That time is now approaching.

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Working with images

editing an image for a websiteAs a CMS editor, there are times when you will need to place an image on one of your site’s pages. In many cases, you will need to re-size the image to fit the CMS guidelines. You may also want to crop the image.

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