Category Archives: Web Development

New Staff Addition: Nick Kashner

Nick Kashner

Nick Kashner

Nick Kashner began working as a co-op on February 5 and will be working 10 hours each week through June as part of his program at Roxbury Community College (RCC).  He is a candidate for an associate degree in Web Technologies with an anticipated graduation date of June 2015.

Nick is a Pawlet Scholarship Award winner and a member of the Alpha Delta Phi Literacy Society at Northeastern University. He has an impressive 3.75 GPA.

Nick is our seventh co-op in the HSPH-RCC partnership coordinated by the HSPH Office of Human Resources.

Please join us in welcoming Nick to the Harvard School of Public Health!

Responsive Design Now Live on HSPH Website

If you are looking at the HSPH website with your smartphone or iPad, you may have noticed that the site is a bit easier to read and navigate today than it was last week.  This is thanks to a major effort by the Department of Information Technology and the Communications Group within External Relations to make the site more “responsive” to the vast variety of devices large and small that are now used to access websites.  Depending on the size of the screen you are using, the HSPH website now will display in a way that makes the type easiest to read and the site navigation easiest to use on that particular screen.

The HSPH website now adjusts based upon screen size optimizing the mobile experience for users.

The HSPH website now adjusts based upon screen size optimizing the mobile experience for users.

With nearly 30 percent of people now accessing the HSPH website each day through smart phones and other devices other than desktop computers, it was important to make the School’s internet presence more responsive to the global internet environment.  Meetings were held over the past couple of months with individuals in HSPH departments who manage portions of the HSPH website to alert them to these changes in the site’s design so they would have time to make adaptations if necessary. We thank all who have been involved in this project for their help in making it a reality and thereby improving the quality of user experience for the millions of individuals who access our website each year.

New Design on iPhone

New Design on iPhone

While we have tested the new designs on literally dozens of devices, we would appreciate hearing from anyone who experiences a glitch on his or her particular smart phone or other device so we can address any problems quickly.  Please email webteam@hsph.harvard.edu with any problems you identify.

Many thanks to the Web Team and staff in the Communications Group for their hard work on this project!

Julie F. Rafferty
Associate Vice Dean for Communications

Deane Eastwood
IT Director

HSPH Website: Changes in 2014!

Dear HSPH Website Administrators,

We will be holding two HSPH website informational sessions to kick off 2014.  They will be held in Kresge G2 on:

  • Thursday, January 16, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

At these sessions, we will bring you up to date on planned initiatives for the HSPH website in 2014, including a major initiative to make the website easier to read and use on mobile devices, including cell phones, iPads and the like.  More than 22 percent of web traffic to the HSPH website now comes through mobile devices that employ smaller screens than traditional desktop and laptop computers – and that percentage is expected to grow tremendously. This project will likely influence how you think about such things as layout and site navigation on the websites you update and manage at the School.  David Marshall, senior web developer, will take you through a discussion of “Responsive Design: Making the HSPH Website Mobile-friendly.” Finally, we’ll leave time for your questions on mobile design or other web topics.

campaign responsive

HSPH capital campaign website is one of our first responsive designs

We hope to see you at a session!

Deane Eastwood
for the HSPH Web Team

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Agenda

  • Introduction and recap of key 2013 website accomplishments
  • Highlighted initiatives in 2014
  • Responsive Design: Making the HSPH Website Mobile-friendly
    • What is Responsive Design?
    • Why is it important?
    • When is it coming to HSPH?
    • How does this impact you as site administrators?
    • How can you help with this important initiative?
    • Q&A

WordPress Updates

Over winter break the WebTeam was hard at work making some changes and updates to the website. Most of these changes are related to performance and optimization, so you will not be able to see them. However, there are two main changes that we would like to call to your attention.

widget visibilityWidget Visibility

Widget Visibility is a new module that enables you to configure widgets to appear or to be hidden only on certain pages through use of the Visibility panel. If you cannot see the Widget Visibility module, please contact the WebTeam to have it enabled. For full documentation on how this module works, check out the article here: http://wordpress.sph.harvard.edu/web-tech/faq-category/side-bar/

Heading StylesHeading Styles

When the website went live almost a year ago, the vendor assigned font styles to the headings H2, H3, and so on down the line, but the heading H1 was never utilized. Because H1 is the most important heading tag for search engines and content optimization, we reintroduced the H1 tag in its proper position (as the title line for each page). We strongly suggest that you look at your pages and update the heading styles to reflect this addition of H1. Doing so will maintain consistency and search/content optimization across the HSPH website. We will be discussing the heading styles further at the WordPress trainings.

Upcoming Trainings

As always, we have some more training sessions to announce for the month of January. One is focused on WordPress, while the other is an open-air session to answer any questions you may have. Please visit: http://hsph.me/wp for more info.

WordPress Training Scheduled for November 22nd

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbThe HSPH web team has a great WordPress training session coming up to help you answer all your website questions.

November 22nd at 10:00 AM
Kresge 209

If you want to brush up on your WordPress skills or just need to learn how to edit your site, this session is for you.

The training will cover many of the basic WordPress features, including how to edit pages, add images, and configure menus. It will be hands-on in a computer lab, so you can maximize your learning as you follow along.

For more training sessions and announcements, please check out http://hsph.me/wp

Second Round of Website Issues

UPDATE: The IE8 issue has been resolved.

Beginning at approximately 12:00 am on October 25, HSPH began experiencing load balancer and server connectivity issues related to a faulty upgrade by our hosting vendor.

After work throughout the night, the HSPH website was restored at 6:50 am.

The HSPH web team and our vendors are continuing work on the site this morning to resolve a few remaining issues.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this outage caused.

HSPH Website Issues

Beginning at 7:15 pm on October 23, HSPH began experiencing database connectivity issues related to a faulty upgrade by our hosting vendor. A temporary page was created to continue providing access to email, courseware, and other unaffected sites.

After work throughout the night, the HSPH website was restored at 6:15 am.

The HSPH web team and our vendors are continuing work on the site this morning to resolve a few remaining issues.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this outage caused.

 

Additional Google Analytics Training Offerred on October 24 and 31

By popular demand, we have added two new Google Analytics training sessions this month to help you learn more about statistics on your site.  Even if you came to our first training sessions last week,  these additional sessions will be even more jam-packed with new information, insights and a sneak peak at new features to come.

Introduction to Google Analytics
October 24, 2:00 PM, Kresge 209
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

Advanced Google Analytics
October 31, 2:00 PM, Kresge 213
For those of you who have taken the introductory training, this session will go into more depth about how to use each of the Google Analytics screens and sections to analyze and compare website traffic over time.

You will learn how to compare metric side by side, delve in depth into what the stats means, and set up goals and content experiments to see how variations of a page perform against each other.  You will also learn how to determine what on your site is important to your visitors.

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

Additional Google Analytics Training Scheduled for October 10 and 17

By popular demand, we have added two new Google Analytics training sessions this month to help you learn more about statistics on your site.  Even if you came to our first training sessions last week,  these additional sessions will be even more jam-packed with new information, insights and a sneak peak at new features to come.

Introduction to Google Analytics
October 10, 10:00 AM, Kresge 201
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

Advanced Google Analytics
October 17, 2:00 PM, Kresge 209
For those of you who have taken the introductory training, this session will go into more depth about how to use each of the Google Analytics screens and sections to analyze and compare website traffic over time.

You will learn how to compare metric side by side, delve in depth into what the stats means, and set up goals and content experiments to see how variations of a page perform against each other.  You will also learn how to determine what on your site is important to your visitors.

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