Dreamweaver is not the answer
Does anyone have a doubt that the web is a very different animal then it was ten years ago, five years ago, two years ago?
Campus has changed quite a bit in that time – just look around at the new buildings, new roads, new football coach…again. But you are still struggling with Dreamweaver and Contribute, then you are doing it wrong.
Dreamweaver was a great tool back in the day. It helped us build lots of sites but it’s not the answer now. We’ve grown up, moved along and now we take the web very seriously – as the university should – and we don’t offer any Dreamweaver help (except to get you out of it) and we dislike dealing with Contribute tremendously.
So why should you get out of Dreamweaver?
- Dreamweaver doesn’t build clean code. The code that it dumps into your website slows the user down. Why do that? Conductor and WordPress have much better code and it’s updated all the time to make it better. Continue reading
This is what WordPress looks like on the inside
I’m so proud that we are launching blogs (http://blogs.nd.edu) for the University of Notre Dame faculty, students and staff*.
This was a big push for me when I first got here (six months in now) and I’m really appreciative to AgencyND designers, developers for getting it up and running. We also received a lot of help from Paul Turner’s group at Academic Technologies. What a great bunch of people.
I believe in blogs for two reasons:
- They make it really easy to publish. WordPress MU, which is what this was built with, is one of the easiest pushing tools I’ve used. The plugins and templates make it easy to add the features you want (like publishing video from YouTube) or change your layout with the click of a button.
- They are highly effective in search. Google and the other search engines love the content and index it quickly. The more content you have, the better your digital footprint. (Digital footprint – search for yourself and what comes up is your digital footprint but I’ll talk more about that later). Continue reading