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Lessons from HighEdWeb Florida 2013

On April 22 and 23, Web Services hosted the first southeast regional for the Higher Education Web Professionals Association. HighEdWeb Florida brought content specialists, social media managers, web designers, programmers and managers together to discuss web communications, marketing, and more. We had attendees from as far away…

UF&Shands and Social Media

The Social Media landscape is not static. It’s tectonically active, and changes from day to day. That’s why you need to start with a geological survey to make sure what you build can withstand the environment. Before setting forth on creating an account, it’s important to…

Updating Existing Files in a WordPress Site

Can we update an existing document in our website without losing the links to that document? YES WE CAN! The Problem with Replacing a File A good example of the old way is to think about a document that is updated annually, like a policies document. Up until now, in…

A Year In Web: 2011

As 2012 begins, the External Web Services team takes a look back at 2011 and what they consider to be the greatest trend or achievement in web development and communications for the year.

This new year, I’m committing to more rapid prototyping

A couple years ago at SXSW, I watched a great demo from a few of the guys at Google about how they won over internal audiences for new products. They demonstrated several user experiences and introduced me to the idea of rapid prototyping. image courtesy…

Google Analytics and Social Interaction Part II

In Google Analytics and Social Interaction Part 1, we looked at methods of recording how often people on our sites share content from that site with their networks in social media.  But how do we measure incoming traffic from these social networks?…

Following the KISS rule

As a programmer, programming is fun to me. I'm sure a lot of other code monkeys feel the same way. It is satisfying to be presented a problem, and create a solution for it.

Image Size

Size matters when you are creating web pages. The larger the file, the longer it takes for the page to download and become visible for your viewers.

Work Faster: A Few Productivity Apps for Your Mac

As anyone who sits behind a computer screen for many hours each day knows, there are many repetitive tasks we perform that accumulate into substantial time sinks over the course of a work week. Things such as file/application browsing, window resizing, copying/pasting, etc can really slow us down.