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A site inventory, templates, tools, documentation and more are available to the UTMB web development community at http://sandbox.utmb.edu/web/.

Web Content System training class being piloted on Nov. 10; limited seats available

A date has been set for the pilot Sitefinity Content Management System training/workshop. The class will target midlevel web developers, the “designer” role–people who are setting up, building sites and populating initial content.

Sitefinity CMS Training/Workshop
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
10 a.m. to Noon
Library Room 238 (Testing Center)

This first class will be limited to approximately 25 people and reservations are required. The first hour of the session will be spent in a demonstration of the tool and its workings. During the second hour, participants will be broken into smaller groups for hands-on exercises with the tool, with facilitators working with each group.

The demo session will be recorded and made available online.

To reserve a spot, send a message to itc@utmb.edu.

Learn more about this tool and the Web Reboot by exploring this site.

“Next Steps”

When we were planning the agenda for the Oct. 27 ITC meeting, there was one really clear theme: what are the “next steps.”

The Sitefinity CMS is up and running smoothly and efficiently. Many of our top-level edu pages are now in the system, and we’ve been adding a few additional projects to the mix. There has been some major work since the last blog update, including a redesign and simplification of the server structure for the content system (more on some technical stuff in a future post). We’ve also been making improvements and refinements to the templates and core tool, and pushing those updates out after hours.

We’ve also completed work on the registration form; this form is important as it will do several things: a) it will be the way you request any new site, including one to be hosted in Sitefinity; 2) we’ll use the info collected in the form—including things like site owners and assigned roles—to populate our site inventory; 3) it will provide the framework for the annual follow up/review required for all sites. We built “tips and guides” into the form, but one thing that came out of the ITC meeting was the need for an introduction or explanatory cover page for the process. We are developing that now and plan to have it ready for people next week.

The same team in Information Services that currently sets up web sites will be getting the registration form requests; a meeting among them to go over Sitefinity took place this week, so that’s in place.

We are planning a pilot Sitefinity training/demo class for the second week in November; once we have details we will push it out to the developer group. The class will target midlevel users, the role we are calling “designers” (planning a post soon w/ details on roles). These are people who are setting up/building sites and populating the initial content. We’re going to cap this first group at about 25 people, but we do plan to record the session and it should be a handy complement to the online documentation that we’ll be introducing.

One final issue we discussed was adjusting our timetable, which originally had us all branded, in the new template and/or in Sitefinity by the end of this calendar year (you know, like now). That’s going to be rolled back and we’re going to propose the end of the fiscal year (next summer) as our new deadline. We think that’s very realistic and will give even the busiest people and areas time to work this in among other priorities.

More news and info coming on heels of ITC meeting

The Internet Technology Committee met this past Tuesday, and we’re working on an update to share with our web developer community now. Stay tuned, it should be posted here before the end of this week.

We also welcomed a new member to the group, Barbara Petit. Barb serves as the administrator for the departments of Surgery and Othopaedics, and brings a valuable departmental perspective to the group.

It’s a game changer, and it’s done

Today at about 12:27 pm, the new www pages in the Sitefinity content management system went live. Our home pages are now responsive, and we took a major step forward in our project to re-think and re-engineer web development at UTMB. A short while later, I edited my first live page in Sitefinity, and it was a breeze. The performance issues we discussed a month ago have all been addressed, the system blazes.

We’re still tweaking and still discovering things that need changing (and outdated content is always an issue). However, we made a huge step forward today thanks to the herculean efforts of a small but dedicated multi-departmental team that I am proud to count as colleagues.

We are looking forward now to expanding our ranks, to working with more developers around campus as we roll out this tool. In the meantime, if you encounter any problems, contact the IS help desk or send us a message.

Work under way on “www,” registration form to be ready next week

With the launch of the new iUTMB behind us and everything humming along, there’s a lot of furious work taking place in anticipation of launching the internal home page’s big brother, the responsive, Sitefinity CMS version of the public home page. It’s a complex project with a  lot of moving pieces, we expect to hit snags and—as we’ve done dozens of times in the past year—should be able to bleed and power through them.

While the work on the page launch is taking place, the registration and site request form is being finalized. Our goal is to have that available to users next week. We’re also working on updating some of the documentation and “how to’s”; our change from Foundation to Bootstrap (for the responsive approach) left us with some out-of-date screenshots.

As a reminder, the new iUTMB page may be seen at http://intranet.utmb.edu/iutmb. (Users must be on the UTMB network or VPNed to access; use any modern browser for a full-featured experience.) For comparison, the original iUTMB is still available at http://www.utmb.edu/iutmb/. The intranet site is behind the firewall and truly internal; the www/iUTMB page is public and will change when we change the public home page. We hit two minor surprises, with images and resources links, when we went live, but both were resolved within an hour. Read More»

Marking an important milestone in our web evolution

Monday we’ll launch the new iUTMB page, and it signals reaching an important point for all of us involved in web development (and even web use) at UTMB. We’ll push the first of the new pages using the Sitefinity framework into production, and from there, there is no turning back. The conversion of the external home page will follow; we’ll have the timetable ready to share once we see how iUTMB goes and start to process the mapping and redirects to some 400 affected sites. (It’ll be roughly in the 10-15 days range.) In the meantime, we’ll finish up our site request form and start pushing out more information to developers and site owners.

No one ever thought this job would be small or easy. But it’s worth taking a brief minute to celebrate where we are and share some of the technical accomplishments that were necessary to get us here. A lot of planning and hard work are coming together. The framework for UTMB web’s presence has been rebuilt anew, looking strategically to the future. Kudos to our colleagues on the ITC, the many others that have supported the effort, and especially Mike Cooper and Toby Smith, who teamed up to grunt this work into existence. Just focusing on the technical tasks, here’s a partial rundown of what’s been done:  Read More»

Pushing past “middle of September”: A quick Sitefinity CMS update

For the past month, our mantra has been “the middle of September.” This was the timeslot when we anticipated opening up the Sitefinity content management system, a key element of the Web Reboot, to campus users. So today is September 22, effectively the end of that squishy period that could be called “the middle.” Here’s how we feel about it.  

In about the simplest of terms, about ten days ago we started running tests of Sitefinity in a live environment, living alongside non-Sitefinity sites. We’d tested extensively in a development environment, were assured it would “play well with others,” the software hadn’t created any issues when we beta-tested in a protected live area. But late one evening a bit more than a week ago, we pulled the trigger, and our website derailed. 

Every big technology project runs into speed bumps—there are always issues to work through. Sitefinity has been no different. What was heartbreaking about that evening is that we were so close, there had been so much work and planning, and the outcome was a blow. The original web site was restored. It was a rough night, a gloomy morning, and then we started working on solutions. And the team found several.

Last week was spent putting the most promising of those solutions in place: the Information Services server team helped create a new virtual hosting environment for Sitefinity, those boxes have now been configured, and we are planning to resume our testing this week, starting with iUTMB and the intranet. We’ll follow up with the public home page, and when that goes well, we’ll be back on track to open up to users.

In spite of the battle scars and mental trauma, we’re still really excited about Sitefinity, think users will embrace it, and expect it to be very successful. We’ll continue to post updates, including an anticipated schedule and our progress on the upcoming tests.

Can’t we all just get along?

One of the biggest challenges we face when developing or introducing new tools is browser compatibility. We’ve all experienced it: one web page will tell you your browser is too new, the next says it’s outdated and too old. As with any large and complex organization, we bridge a lot of technologies at UTMB. There are legacy systems—older tools, programs, software, hardware—which generally do the job and can often be pretty important. They’re often not keeping with the times, usually for justifiable reasons (cost, more pressing priorities, impact on related systems, etc). So what do we do?

We can’t stay mired in the past, we can’t ignore users with old browsers, and we can’t afford to be browser-centric. Even though Internet Explorer accounts for 68 percent of the traffic to utmb.edu, there are seven versions(!) of IE visiting us in a month, and 40 percent of the IE traffic is version 7.0 (or in 7-compatibility mode). This was a browser released in 2006; Google hasn’t supported it since 2011, and even Microsoft no longer supports it.   

So we invest a lot of time in making our templates and pages  work with older browsers. We run and test on a UTMB thin client. We each run and use multiple browsers throughout the day, with Firefox being the office favorite, probably followed by Chrome. But as diligent and careful as we may be, there are a lot of variables. Update if you can. Report any weirdness you encounter. Keep the pitchforks away, and let’s join in some “Kumbaya.”

web traffic by browser
Thirty days of web traffic to utmb.edu. broken down by type of browser. (click to view full size)

Where we stand on the Sitefinity CMS

We are still pushing for a “go live” for Sitefinity in mid-September. Last week, some pretty serious optimization and performance testing was done, with great results. Those who were in the last live demo saw how the tool could bog down. We pledged to launch a product that was running as efficiently and smoothly as possible, one that we will (and would want to) use ourselves. It took stripping the system down to bare components, some updates, and meticulous rebuilding, but the outcome was worth the effort. It’s running great. 

We have another big test being done now: the new “interim” responsive home pages are being tested in a safe area of our production environment. The pages are designed to let us move ahead with the Sitefinity rollout, they get us back on kind terms with Google and mobile search, and buy us time to solicit feedback from users and stakeholders on what the home pages should become. (These new pages are essentially the same content in same places we had before, just responsive and in the new CMS. Preview at http://intranetstage.utmb.edu/iutmb and http://wwwstage.utmb.edu/?i=welcome)

In other big news, we changed the framework for the responsive design functionality in our templates from Foundation to Bootstrap (this was driven by the last very excellent update to Bootstrap and Microsoft’s recent announcement that they will support the latter). The change was a bit of work but it started showing a payoff immediately: Bootstrap is working a lot better in Sitefinity. The info we have online about our responsive freamework will need to be updated, but the basic tenets and philosophy behind the responsive design are still the same with both frameworks. We think this change will be well received by most developers.      

There is a draft circulating of the form that will allow people to: 1) request  a new site (or get access to an existing site)  and 2) populate the institutional site inventory, serving as the “registration” we’re requiring for all sites in the future.  

The new process seeks very explicit information about sites roles (who owns a site, who manages it). It’s also pretty clean and simple. The data and process will build on the work we did with the inventory tool at http://sandbox.utmb.edu/web/sites/.

Forms tool, new digital campus map

At our last update, we briefly mentioned a number of new tools that are part of the Web Reboot. Here’s a little bit more about them:

  • We now have a production example of one of the first instances of the new form tool, live and in use. View it on the new Sponsorship Committee page. (Be sure to use a modern web browser; it does not like IE 8). This tool is also being used to build the new site request and registration tool for Sitefinity.  
  • We are on schedule for an October launch of our new editable, embeddable online map. We’ve been meeting with stakeholders, shipped off a 300+ line location spreadsheet, and now have a pretty decent 3-D rendering of all three UTMB campuses. The map offers a custom print feature and custom views of it can be embedded in your web pages. It also offers a virtual tour function, something we are eager to be able to offer.

Recap of Aug. 4 Sitefinity CMS introduction

On Aug. 4, we presented an update on the Web Reboot initiative and an introduction to the Sitefinity content management system. The session drew a large and engaged audience with a lot of great questions. The meeting was recorded and the video, handouts, a session evaluation form and the presentation are now below:

Draft of new web guidelines ready for review and input

We’ve been working to flesh out some updated web guidelines in time to share at today’s large meeting between the ITC and members of the UTMB web development community. These are designed to align with new requirements and capabilities mapped out as part of the Web Reboot. The guidelines are now ready for review and feedback:

Please send your questions and suggestions to itc@utmb.edu.

First major Sitefinity system upgrade nearly complete

We took the Sitefinity CMS offline on 7/30 for a core system upgrade; it should be available to the users who are part of our staging pilot later today (about 12 people).

We knew upgrades are part of the Sitefinity ecosystem; our colleagues in Family Medicine have used this CMS for a few years and they had given us a sense of what to expect. Every good tool needs to evolve.

However, because so much work has gone into getting us to this point, we were a little leery of launching a new version. After a demo session about it, the benefits looked pretty significant. Even better, the update work has gone very well: the system is running faster, we have better support for ASP MVC 5 and .NET 4.5, and a number of new, very slick MVC-based widgets have been added. The upgrade made sense now, during the pilot and before we had a hundred new users.

Updates are part of our contracted service and we anticipate significant ones will come along at least annually. Once we are out of the build phase and operational, we envision those upgrades going through IS and following the sorts of protocols we use for other applications.

Introduction to the Sitefinity CMS for Web Authors, Developers, Managers

On Tuesday, August 4, members of the Internet Technology Committee will be presenting an introduction to UTMB’s new web content management system, Sitefinity. The session will offer an overview and demo of the tool and target anyone involved in web site creation or web management at UTMB.

Meeting details:

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015
1  to 2:30 p.m.
Research Building # 6, 1.206 Auditorium ***NOTE NEW LARGER LOCATION***
(Formerly Children’s Hospital) 

The meeting will offer a general project update and overview, define roles and types of users, show the CMS dashboard and primary tools, and describe the templates, navigation and types of pages and content. It will also outline how to request a new site, walk attendees through a checklist for creating or moving a site, address revised policies and requirements, and more.

To ensure we can accommodate all attendees, RSVPs are requested. Send an email to ITC@utmb.edu  to reserve your spot. The meeting will also be recorded and posted online. 

The content management system is part of a larger new web suite of tool and updates that were introduced this past May. Called the “Web Reboot,” the project also includes mobile site templates, link and spelling validation, a digital image library, new guidelines and page requirements, social media changes, and training and tutorials to support the web development community and those they serve.

Update on the Sitefinity CMS

It’s been a busy few weeks since we introduced the Web Reboot last May. In this post, I wanted to provide an update on where we are with one of the key tools of the project, the Sitefinity content management system.

 We’ve been working to build (and then optimize) the multiple installs/instances that will serve www, intranet, academic and .com. That work is finished, and we hit a major milestone last week when we started (on a limited basis) building actual pages.

We selected a few developers to help us kick the tires and do some initial development. Part of the goal is to stress test the tool, but we also want to help inform the development of the training. So far it’s been going well. One of the sites being built is a user reference for Sitefinty users and developers, and that will likely be one of the first items we share with you.

We will be working to push our first Sitefinity pages live in July; we are looking at dates in August for some classroom training sessions (on top of a decent amount of online content that exists or is being developed).

The sandbox/playground we’ve set up for the Web Reboot introduction is still available for you. We are using it as the starting place for people interested in the tool, to give them a chance to get a feel for how it works.  

To get the credentials to access the Sitefinity playground,  contact us at itc@utmb.edu.

There is a good library of Sitefinity-related material online; not all of it applies to every user or to our implementation, but it’s a good way to scan what some of the capabilities are:

More coming soon…

Project update: Razuna access and Sitefinity playground

It’s hard to believe it’s already been two weeks since we introduced the “Web Reboot.”  

Of the projects mentioned on the project cheat sheet, Razuna, Siteimprove, the templates, Google Search, Site Inventory and Angelfish  are ready now. We recently fleshed out some basic “how to” documents for the digital library (Razuna). We’re building them into a website, but you can get a PDF preview below:

We’re still building out the content management system (Sitefinity), adding some features and developing the training. There is a programmers’ group meeting weekly on module and application development. And, there is a “digital playground” in place for those eager to get a peek at the tool and its functionality. This playground is shared; swim at your own risk and be advised it will be wiped. It’s really just a sneak peek. If you want to try it, contact us at ITC@utmb.edu and we’ll send you instructions and the credentials.

Web Reboot video stream now online

We were thrilled to welcome and engage about 100 colleagues in Levin Hall on May 12 for the introduction of the 2015 Web Reboot. We had some great questions and discussion, and are looking forward to hosting additional topic- and tool-specific sessions in the future. If you missed the meeting, materials are below, and you can watch the webcast now:

We’ve placed the meeting materials online for your review:

Our thanks to videographer Raymond Curran and Classroom & Technical Services for their support, and to all who were able to brave the looming rain to attend.

Hope you can join us today for Web Reboot introduction

We’re watching the weather and hoping our 10 am meeting doesn’t coincide with a deluge; we’re looking forward to a great discussion.

The Reboot will introduce new tools, including a simple-yet-sophisticated web content management system, mobile site templates, link and spelling validation, a digital image library, new guidelines and page requirements, social media changes, and training and tutorials to support the web development community and those they serve. The meeting is today,

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
10 to 11 a.m.
Levin Hall North Auditorium

The meeting is being hosted by the Internet Technology Committee and will be recorded and rebroadcast.

We’ve placed the meeting materials online for your review:

Meeting to introduce “Web Reboot” set for May 12

It’s time. After more than a year of work by a team representing every entity at UTMB, it’s time to share the project widely. Are we totally ready? No. We don’t have all the answers (we don’t have all the questions), which is why this is the perfect time to engage the larger community of campus web developers.

If this is the first you’ve heard of this, the “Web Reboot” is a multifaceted project a year plus in development. The project was developed and is being presented by the Internet Technology Committee (ITC); it was endorsed by the university’s leadership earlier this year.

The Reboot will introduce new tools including a simple yet sophisticated web content management system, mobile site templates, link and spelling validation, a digital image library, new guidelines and page requirements, social media changes, and training and tutorials to support the web development community and those they serve.

The meeting is set for Tuesday, May 12, 2015, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Levin Hall North Auditorium.

We’ll be providing an overview and starting a discussion. Some of the tools are ready now, some are close, others are still in development.

The meeting will not be streamed but it will be recorded and rebroadcast. The meeting is open to anyone at UTMB with an interest in Internet technology or development. Hope you can join us.

What is the 2015 Web Reboot and how will we learn about it?

Led by the ITC, the “Web Reboot” is a multifaceted plan consisting of revamped tools, resources, training and policies designed to elevate and enhance UTMB’s Internet presence. At the heart of the project is an approach that emphasizes collaboration, coordination and shared governance to introduce new efficiencies to the institution’s web development teams, and a better, higher-quality experience for the users of UTMB’s web sites.

A communication plan maps out the strategies to share the plan, introduce the tools and new policies, and engage participants.

Communication about the Web Reboot will target three primary audiences:

1)      Leadership, Managers: Will be offered a high-level overview emphasizing the objectives, strategies and capabilities of the project and its components, the opportunities and potential impact on their respective areas. Will be asked for input, and asked to support implementation. (Mike King and Pep Valdes)

2)      Web Designers, Authors and Content Contributors: Same as above, although this group will also be shown the actual tools in action, be invited to test and use them, and will be the subjects of more focused and targeted outreach and training around the tools and changes. (Multiple members of the ITC, coordinated by Pep Valdes and Matt Havard)

3)    Web Developers and Programmers: This group will plan and develop the “back end”: they will install and implement the tools, develop the programming to create functionality, develop modules to be shared with designers, authors and contributors. They will also maintain code and set and maintain programming/development standards. (Mike Cooper, Mark Schultze)    


Communication about the Web Reboot will take place throughout 2015, starting with leadership and managers. (Jan. – Mar. 2015). Communication to our other two key audiences (designers, authors and content contributors plus web developers and programmers) began in February 2015 and follow parallel, continuous tracks. The bulk of the detailed communication and messaging will be in place and launch by spring 2015, with the implementation/adoption of many the key “Web Reboot” tools, templates and guidelines under way by December 2015.

What is this “ITC”?

People at large organizations like UTMB love acronyms; for the past couple of years a new one has been circulating, and it’s likely you’ve not heard it. The “ITC” is UTMB’s “Internet Technology Commitee.” It’s a small group set up in 2012 by the former CIO Ralph Farr and the current CIO Todd Leach (who was second in command at the time). The charge is set out in the group’s charter:

The ITC is charged with providing strategic alignment with institutional priorities and establishing the policies and guidelines that the university will abide by when developing and updating content targeting patients, students, employees, alumni, donors and other constituents.

This group will ensure there is consistency across mission areas in branding and functionality. Examples of issues and technologies that the ITC will provide guidance on include online branding, web sites, social media, and mobile/tablet device delivery.

The standing members of the group are below, they are frequently joined by others who contribute specific expertise, insights or perspective on different topics:

  • Tonya R. Broussard, Business and Finance
  • Matt Havard, Information Services/B&F
  • Mike J. King, Information Services/B&F
  • Toby Smith, Information Services/B&F
  • Dr. Chris Edwards, Health System
  • Mary Feldhusen, Health System
  • Tim Hilt, Nursing Service/Health System
  • Barb Petit, SOM/Surgery & Orthopaedics
  • Cynde Ferris, SON/Provost
  • Chris Tucker, SON/Provost
  • Mary Jo Singleton, Provost
  • Mark Schultze, Provost
  • Dr. Lindsay Sonstein, SOM/Provost
  • Mike Cooper, Marketing & Communications
  • Melissa Harman, Marketing & Communications
  • Pep Valdes, Marketing & Communications

A look back and a look ahead

There’s some rumbling underfoot in the UTMB Web World, and it’s not the “Big Dig” that has streets torn up around campus for the work on utilities and infrastructure. We (Internet Technology Committee) have been working quietly but steadily in the background, assessing tools, acquiring new capabilities, building the digital web equivalent of the robust infrastructure that the construction teams are burying under campus. Many of you have seen or heard about bits and pieces of it: mobile templates, inventory tool, site checking capabilities, image library, a new CMS. Now it’s almost time to reveal the entire package. While we can’t squeeze it all in a single post, we can share an infographic that summarizes 2014 and lays the groundwork for 2015 and beyond.

ITC Web Update and Goals
ITC Web Update and Goals

Congratulations to UTMB’s 2014 MCPs!

Pictured L to R: (back row) Roger Cooley, John Gibson, Toby Smith, Michael Seymour, T. Mathew, Chris King, Gary Cowan, Lance Hoang, Mike Cooper (front row) Anirban Chakrabarty, Ashley West, Alan Tang, Mark Thompson, Prasanth Manukonda, Jim Koppe, Titus Wiggins (not pictured) Nancy Stokes

Congratulations and great job to all of the UTMB web developers who earned their MCP certification by completing the grueling two week MCSD boot camp training course and exams. We know it was two solid weeks of long days, hard work and a lot of very strong, black coffee. Great work, all! And a special round of thanks to our gracious hosts, MCSD trainer, Alan Tang and CTREC/Hilton. Go Red Team!


We’re ready to run a report for you

Last November we started testing and piloting a new quality tool that scans UTMB’s public facing sites looking for broken links, misspelled words and accessibility issues. It also has a nifty inventory feature that lists the number and types of pages, types of files, problematic content. During testing, we used the tool aggressively on UTMBHealth.com (our patient portal); more recently we’ve begun targeting our edu sites. Developers in our schools were also among our initial group of testers, and some other high profiles sites such as IHOP were in the first round.

The consensus: we like the tool, it’s proven useful. We still have a lot of work to do to address all the issues. But as we do, we’re also ready to help you with your sites by running some reports for the resources you manage. If you have a public facing site (not on our intranet and not a blog or business app on a dedicated server like MyChart), we can auto-generate a weekly report for you of potential problems. If that’s not enough, we can get you access to an online dashboard.

Speaking from personal experience, it’s very gratifying to watch the reported errors drop. One little glitch in your navigation or a relocated/missing document in a shared footer can generate a lot of errors.

To request this service, contact Melissa Harman or Pep Valdes with your directories or sites to be scanned.

A recent screen capture of a UTMBHealth.com report
A recent screen capture of a UTMBHealth.com report

Feeling inundated?

Back in 2009, Bits (the NY Times technology blog) posted a story based on a study done at UC San Diego. In a nutshell, it said:

the average American consumes 34 gigabytes of content and 100,000 words of information in a single day. (Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” is only 460,000 words long.) This doesn’t mean we read 100,000 words a day — it means that 100,000 words cross our eyes and ears in a single 24-hour period. That information comes through various channels, including the television, radio, the Web, text messages and video games.

This was data from 2008. The iPhone arrived in 2007. It was 2010 before the first iPad hit the scene, followed by a proliferation of other tablets. I wonder what the numbers would look like today?

Read the full article

New responsive web templates now available


New institutional web templates have now been released. The templates are responsive; they are designed to work well across a wide array of devices, and take a “mobile first” approach to content delivery. While the new templates look similar to current designs (evolution vs. revolution), they function in a totally different way. We encourage you to visit the templates site and explore what’s available. (For best experience, visit with FireFox or similar modern browser. Templates are designed to degrade gracefully for older versions of IE. )

View templates and info: http://sandbox.utmb.edu/web/templates/
Project contacts: Mike Cooper mgcooper@utmb.edu, Toby Smith tlsmith@UTMB.EDU

Site Check: testing for quality, broken links, spelling

We have been testing a new quality tool that scans UTMB’s public facing sites looking for broken links, misspelled words and accessibility issues. We’ve found it to be very useful during our pilot on utmbhealth.com. For those being scanned in the public utmb.edu domain, we can auto-generate a weekly report for you of potential problems. To request this service, contact us with your directories or sites to be scanned.

Overview: http://siteimprove.com/
Project  contacts:  Melissa Harman msharman@utmb.edu, Pep Valdes pvaldes@utmb.edu

Inventory Tool now being populated, used


As part of a larger initiative to update UTMB’s overall web presence, a new digital site inventory is now available. It will be shared with the entire UTMB community. As a developer, you can do a quick search under the “Site Manager” field for all the web resources currently associated with your name. You can log into the site (standard UTMB username and PW) to see additional details, and to add or make updates to the information associated with your resources. This tool is being launched with the information currently available, but we need your help to fill in or correct many gaps. If you have problems or need additional permissions, contact one of the team members below.

Site link: http://sandbox.utmb.edu/web/sites/
Project contacts: Mike Cooper mgcooper@utmb.edu, Pep Valdes pvaldes@utmb.edu, Toby Smith tlsmith@UTMB.EDU, Myra McCollum mmccollu@utmb.edu (social media projects), Melissa Harman msharman@utmb.edu

What’s in the works?

There’s a great deal of additional work taking place at UTMB Health that will support developers in their web roles in the coming months. A review of the UTMB Identity System is planned; we are actively seeking a digital asset management tool (that will facilitate an image library); there’s an ongoing review of new content management systems and forms creation tools; new branded and responsive blog templates are being developed. New or additional video hosting options are being explored, and discussions have begun about a new centralized physician/provider database. We always invite your questions, ideas and participation.

Social Media and Logo Usage

UTMBSocialMediaBadgeFor those of you who manage or are involved with social media projects, we recently made a tweak to our logo usage guidelines specific to social media.  We recognized that in the square image area used for profile pictures by most of the social channels (e.g. the profile photo on Facebook), our rectangular UTMB Health logo was tiny and barely legible. We did a survey of how several similar organizations addressed this, and have developed a mark for social media only that plays off our brand and maximizes its “bull’s eye” aspect.

Additional information: http://blogs.utmb.edu/social/2013/10/01/custom-approach-to-logo-for-social-media/
Project contact: Myra McCollum mmccollu@utmb.edu