‘New features’ Category

Introducing Rides

Rides is a new look for the campus rideboard. The video below explains pretty much everything you need to know about it. You can also opt-in to receiving emails when users post to Rides by going to Rides preferences┬áchecking the box and clicking save. Feel free to leave feedback and comments below, or on youtube […]


Randomized Banner Order

The banners similar to the one on the Gustavus homepage now have the feature of being displayed randomly, while allowing certain ones to be displayed in order. For example, if there is a promotional banner that needs to be first, it will always appear first. All of the other banners will be randomly displayed after […]


+1 Blog Posts and Calendar Items

Today, Google announced the rollout of their +1 button. We have added it to blog posts and calendar items alongside the tweet and like buttons. Start +1-ing away! If you have any ideas for other great places to add these buttons, please let us know!


Blog Post Thumbnails in Search Results

Good news for Gustavus bloggers, we have taken another step toward making our search engine work a little bit better--blog post thumbnails will now appear next to search results just like profile photos.


Profile Photos in Search Results

Wading through search results can be tough when everything looks the same. It takes time to read through the results to find what you are looking for. Zeroing in on search results about a person at Gustavus just got a bit easier--we've added profile photos to our search results.


Lazy AuxBox Makes Pages Load 22% Faster, Generate 75% Quicker

Many pages on the Gustavus website feature a section of auxiliary content that we like to call the AuxBox--the blue part at the bottom of the page that typically has events, news, and profiles. While we really like having this content on our pages, we noticed it took a fair amount longer for our server to generate pages which use the AuxBox.


Tweet and Like Blog Posts and Calendar Items

Sharing your favorite Gustavus website content with your friends just got a lot easier. Today we added Twitter tweet buttons and Facebook like buttons to blog posts and calendar items.


Your Account Page

There are a lot of important things you need to remember; the location of the secret web page to change your password or configure spam filtering settings shouldn't be one of them. Thankfully, we just made it a lot easier to find and use these things.


Our New Mobile Website

Nobody had even heard of a smartphone when we first got the Internet at my house. Many websites were still designed with a web safe color palette of 216 colors and tiled backgrounds were the cool, new kid on the block. A MIDI and a scrolling marquee gave you street--or at least Internet--cred. In those days, the web was wild.

Shorter is Still Better

In our eternal quest to optimize the Gustavus website, we removed the "academics" part of URLs.