Category Archives: Web Development

New Websites Launched

The Department of Information Technology is pleased to announce the recent launch of three new and major websites!

Websites were launched for:

HSPH Campaign

The web team worked closely with External Relations on the Campaign and Centennial sites and with the Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development on The Forum at HSPH site.

Both the Campaign and The Forum at HSPH are responsive designs which adapt the navigation and presentation to best suit your screen size to optimize for desktop, tablet, or phone viewing.

campaign responsive

Forum at HSPH

The web team is currently working on making all pages in the new HSPH template responsive, with an anticipated relaunch in early 2014.

HSPH Website Issue Resolved

At 12:25 pm, the HSPH main website began throwing errors messages and was taken off-line.  An interim web page containing links to key unaffected services (Outlook, GMAIL, myHSPH, iSites) was put online shortly after the outage began.

At 3:20 pm, all services were successfully restored.

While we are still researching issue thoroughly, it currently points to an issue with Rackspace’s cloud database service.  Rackspace is HSPH hosting vendor.

If you are a web publisher at HSPH and notice anything awry, please contact the HSPH web team at

We apologize for the inconvenience that this outage caused.

WordPress Training, September 26, 2013

UDPATE: Thank you for the great attendance!  More than 20 people attended today’s training sessions!

The HSPH web team has two great back-to-back trainings coming up to help you answer all of your website questions. The first is on Google Analytics and the second is focused on WordPress.

Google Analytics
September 26, 10:00 AM, Kresge 202
Google Analytics is the industry leader in collecting statistics about your website’s visitors and behavior on your site. With Google Analytics you can gain insight into a wide variety of information about the people coming to your site including visitor performance over time, visitor location and time spent on the site just to name a few.

Learn how to access your Google Analytics data, how to generate reports, and what the numbers mean for you!

Google Analytics

WordPress Training
September 26, 11:00 AM, Kresge 202
If you want to make your site look better or just want to brush up on your WordPress skills this training session is for you.

The focus will be on WordPress menus, widgets (both page specific and site-wide), and cleaning up/streamlining your media library.

Further information
Please visit our WordPress support site for further information.


New Web Feature: Research Topics

We are pleased to launch a new research topic feature on the HSPH website.  Hundreds of news items and other important content pieces are now categorized by research topics, geographic location, faculty member, and other criteria.

Main Research Topic Page


This new functionality allows us to add related content to news articles throughout the HSPH website in sidebars.

Sample sidebar on a news page with related links


As new news items are added to the HSPH website, articles will be categorized and our database of related links will grow and improve.

On this central initiative, the web team partnered with the Office for External Relations in creating and implementing the tagging strategy.

Jake Yerdon, senior web and application developer, led the Department of Information Technology’s development effort.

New Web Feature: World Map Relaunched

We are pleased to launch a new interactive version of the HSPH World Map.  The map integrates with Google maps allowing you to zoom in and out of different areas of the world and view HSPH research project information.

On this central initiative, the web team partnered with the Office for External Relations and Office for Sponsored Programs Administration on the new design and updated content.

David Marshall, senior web and application developer, led the Department of Information Technology’s development effort.



WordPress Training this Week!

The web team will host two WordPress workshops this week:

  • Introductory WordPress will be offered on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 10 am to 11 am in Kresge 213.
  • Advanced WordPress will be offered on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 10 am to 11 am in Kresge 213.

These sessions will help answer all of your questions about how to use WordPress to manage your HSPH site.  Come and meet the HSPH webteam!


HSPH Website Issue

At approximately 8:35 AM this morning, the HSPH main website began performing slowly and erratically.  IT staff members worked with our hosting partners to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.  We resolved the issue at approximately 9:25 am.  The issue was identified as a configuration issue on our load balancer.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you,
Department of Information Technology

Server Maintenance This Evening at 8:30 pm

The Department of Information Technology is writing to inform our community of emergency maintenance work that will take place tonight, Wednesday, May 1st, on the ALICE and MyHSPH Student Information Systems (SIS).

The work is scheduled for one hour this evening between 8:30pm and 9:30pm.  The following systems will be affected:

  • MyHSPH portal
  • ALICE Self Service for Students and Faculty
  • Internet Native Banner (Administrative users)

Additionally, at 8:30 pm and for approximately 5-10 minutes, we will be conducting a stress test on our web server to test enhancements recently made to the infrastructure.  You may experience slowness on during the test.

Thank you,
HSPH Department of Information Technology

Strategic Social Media Management

The Harvard Center for Workplace Development is offering a half-day course in Strategic Social Media Management on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Strategic Social Media Management

“Do you have a managerial role in your department’s social media presence?
Are you looking to make sure that everything you do in social media makes
sense from an organizational perspective and aligns with your department

twitter-bird-blue-on-whiteIt’s easy for organizations to get caught up in the tactical activities of posting content and responding quickly to fans and followers on their social media sites. But without maintaining a view of the bigger picture as
you create, manage and monitor your program, you run the risk of creating meaningless noise with your audiences.

This 3-hour class, …”

For the complete description and agenda and to register, please visit Social Media Management on the Center’s site on HARVIE.