‘Updates’ Category

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 […]


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.


An easier way to give

We just put the finishing touches on our completely new online giving form. We took the opportunity examine every aspect of the online giving experience and we think came out with improvements across the board.


Improved File Not Found Error 404 Page

We upgraded our File Not Found Error 404 page today. This upgrade offers three exciting improvements that should help to eliminate confusion, calm nerves, and, in the end, improve the Gustavus website. Here’s a rundown of the three most significant new features: 1. Friendlier, more helpful error message We re-examined the text of the message […]


Gribly gets some new features

We updated the Gribly with some new features today. The most prominent is paginated search results. In previous versions, results were limited to the first 100 people. Now, the entire search result is made available in shorter, faster rendering pages. Choosing how to search has also changed. We moved the links to Basic and Advanced […]


A College Calendar face-lift

The College Calendar is an important hub of information. It is the centralized source of all events at Gustavus. The calendar received a small but substantial face-lift yesterday to help improve its usability. Here is a rundown of the most important changes. Shorter, smarter URLs Similar to the effort to shorten many of our URLs […]


The College Calendar, Hot Off the Press!

The Gustavus College Calendar is a great resource of events and announcements for the entire Gustavus community, which anyone can submit items to. Events in the College Calendar may show up in many places automatically, including the Gustavus-L e-mail list, the On-Campus Community pages, lab and kiosk desktops, the Yellow Sheet, and departments’ and organizations’ […]


More Usable Contact Form

In celebration of World Usability Day we re-designed Technology Services’ contact form. How is this better? The new design divides the form into two logical sections to help visitors input their information as quickly as possible. It also sports a larger text box for visitors to type their concerns. Additionally, the form now will remember […]


Search Engine Plugins Updated

Our three search engine plugins (Gustavus website, College Calendar, and the Gribly — previously here) have been updated to use the OpenSearch standard that Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer 7 use for their built-in search boxes. One exciting new feature of Firefox is auto suggestions in OpenSearch plugins. Now when you search for something at […]


Wiki Search Cloud and Blog Aggregation

The GTS Wiki received a couple of new features on its main page recently. Search Cloud Like the previously mentioned search cloud on the main search page, the wiki now sports its own search cloud built from queries within the GTS section of our web tree. We hope that this will not only help visitors […]