Web Services

A division of Technology Services

Improved Search Suggestions

Our top complaint this year has been with the lackluster search suggestions on the website. People said it would only give incorrect spellings of names. People complained that the feature was more of a hindrance than a help. Well, it turns out that people were right. The search suggestions were not working as intended. While […]

Rides System to Shut Down

The Rides system (which is available on the Student OnCampus page) is a ridesharing tool designed to facilitate travel to and from campus. Unfortunately, we have seen usage wane dramatically in recent years, as social media and other third-party services have made this system obsolete. Since it requires regular, ongoing maintenance to keep running, we […]

Digital Signs Updated

Signs will now be controlled individually—not grouped by departments—and varying levels of access can be designated to each person on each sign (managers can now be administrators, publishers, or authors, but current managers will automatically become administrators after the transition). Signs can also be public or private. If you want to prevent people from submitting to a […]

Website Template Changes

Today we’re launching some noticeable changes to the Gustavus website template. These updates were made to alleviate some issues that we noticed last year following the implementation of the new design. Primarily, these changes alter the look and functionality of the header and footer, so we’ll provide a brief explanation of each change below. Audience […]

Web Changes for Fall 2016

Last September we launched our new website. Since then, we’ve made numerous minor updates to improve the site’s performance, and to increase accessibility and usability. Larger issues were monitored throughout the academic year, and we’re now at a point where we can confidently address them. We’re primarily basing these changes on our analytics–aggregate data that […]

Creating Links in Concert

When inserting links, you don’t have to remember the URL to the page you want to link to anymore. You can now click the browse button and it will popup with a list of pages to which you can create a link. If you want to link to a file you uploaded using Concert’s file manager, you […]

Webmail/GusMail links

We recently added a link to either Webmail or GusMail to your user menu. You can now click the user portrait that appears after signing in (button at the upper right corner of any Gustavus page) and have your current email service listed. If you’re a GusMail user (students), you’ll already be signed in to […]

Accessibility and other improvements in Concert

We had quite a few people asking about accessibility during the new website preview event. I’m happy to inform you that Concert is now helping to create more accessible pages by requiring editors to add descriptions for images (alt tags). If you are adding or editing an image without a description, you will see an alert asking […]

About the New Website

The new website is now live! This is exciting news for us, as it means fewer late nights, fewer meetings, and less stress. But for all of you, the added time and stress of finding your way around on a new website has just started. This post is meant to alleviate your concerns, and give […]

Website Redesign Process

The Process Roughly ten months ago, we outlined a process to redesign the website and presented it to the administration, and later, to the community. We broke this process down into four distinct phases. Phase 1: Feedback and Idea Generation Phase 2: Organization and Research Phase 3: Design and Refinement Phase 4: Development and Production […]