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Making It Better: The Web Services Blog

Apollo 2.0 Upgrades

Over the last seven months, we’ve had an incredible reception to the Apollo 2.0 WordPress theme. Thanks to the hard work of our content editors, we’ve launched over 100 sites in the new theme since February 2019. With an additional 150+ sites in development, we’ve continued to refine and…

Optimizing Your Website with New Web Services

In October, we unveiled two new services to improve and enhance your website with recommendations tailored specifically to you. These services are mapping and A/B testing. All Apollo 2.0 websites are eligible for these services which we’ll go into greater detail about below. If you are interested in them, fill…

Optimizing Your Apollo 2.0 Site

In the last few months, we’ve moved over a dozen websites into the Apollo 2.0 WordPress template. As part of the process, the Web Services team conducts an optimization report right before launch – we review the site for any potential issues related to accessibility, navigation and usability, and make…

Create Easy Page Redirects with Page Link

A new feature is now available on your website! Now you can quickly and easily create a new page and link it to another URL (aka a redirect) from the Dashboard Navigation Menu. An update to the “Page Links to” plugin has made the process much simpler than it was…

Is an apple fritter the best user experience in the world?

The second weekend in May I went to the UX + Dev Summit in Fort Lauderdale, and my main takeaway is this: Okahumpka Service Plaza is the best service plaza. I will admit that West Palm is very nice, and I’m sure there are some who will tout Fort Drum…

Encryption Coming for All Websites

Last year, Google announced a couple of changes to how it was going to be handling websites that were not encrypted. If a site was not accessible via HTTPS:// (versus the un-encrypted HTTP://), it would rank lower in search engine results. Additionally, a ‘Not Secure’ label would be placed by…

Better Subscriber Management in MailPoet

MailPoet is a helpful tool for connecting to the people interested in your programs,research, and department goals. In her presentation at Behind the Web, Lauren Irizarry showed us how to use Merge Tags to help quickly personalize newsletters to each subscriber. You may be interested in using Merge Tags, but…

2018 Higher Ed Content Webinar

Entirely focused on content strategy and digital content processes in higher education, the 2018 edition of the Higher Ed Content Online Conference, hosted by HigherEdExperts, will take place on April 25, 2018 from 11:00 to 2:30 PM. The conference features a dozen 10-minute sessions presented by higher ed professionals working…

Did you know?

Based on some of the Apollo 2 survey data we received, it became apparent that many of our users are unaware of some features they have access to through WordPress. So, in an effort to keep our users better informed, we have a few tips and suggestions…

Behind-the-Web: WordPress Plugins

Plugins help expand the functionality of your WordPress site beyond just text and media. With certain plugins, you can add online forms to your website (Gravity Forms), or create a newsletter in WordPress for your site visitors (MailPoet). Some plugins are automatically enabled on your site upon its creation. Other plugins must be enabled by request.