Squiz workshops are back on track

We just wanted to say a big thank you to those who attended yesterday’s Working in the sidebar workshop.

It’s always a pleasure to see your enthusiasm to create great content for the UON website. We hope you took away some helpful tips from the session and look forward to hearing about your sidebar success stories in the discussion forums.

Don’t forget, you can also find plenty of help in the Support Portal and we are always happy to lend a hand when needed – just submit a ticket to web.newcastle.edu.au.

See you at the next workshop!


Welcome back

Welcome back to our repurposed, newly named UON WEB HUB. We’ve made quite a few changes to this space to make it a place for our web publishing community (and interested parties) to come together to share questions, knowledge, ideas and successes.

With the Web Redevelopment Project ending in June, our new website is not only looking fantastic, but is performing well in terms of our external audiences. This makes our website a very valuable commodity for the University. In the same vain, every person that contributes to the website is valuable to the University and the Web Team wants to support each of you to become even more of an asset to your particular area and the institution as a whole.


What are we trying to achieve?

First and foremost, we all need to be working toward the same goal. We have developed a set of principles for our website around which the site has been built. Take the time to get to know them and ensure they are reflected in all publishing activity as our website evolves.

If you are not sure about any of them, please ask. But let’s share our questions here so that others can benefit. We’ve developed a Discussion Forum for this purpose.


Getting the info you need

This hub is closely connected to the Web Services Portal at web.newcastle.edu.au. That’s where the ‘How-to’ Guides still live. But we are also hoping that by using the Discussion Forums the web publishing community will start to share knowledge. It’s a great way to get to know who is out there and what others are doing.

If you can’t find the information you are looking for, you can always log a ticket with the web team. See the “Support” tab on the right hand side of the screen? That’s your gateway to logging a ticket via web.newcastle.edu.au.


What’s on?

We’ve also added a calendar to this hub. This will give the publishing community access to upcoming training sessions or workshops as well as information sessions. There will be a form to register your interest in a particular event or a link to Eventbrite, which we use for events where places are limited.

Other bits and pieces

You’ll also find a helpful list of 10 content tips for publishers – this is a basic but important list of things to remember that will keep our site consistent. You might like to get to know who’s who in the web team these days. There are some familiar faces and some new ones.

So… take a look around, post your comments and feedback. This is something of a work-in-progress but we are really excited to open this community up to deliver the best possible outcomes for our website and for all our publishers.

We look forward to seeing you here often.

It’s a wrap!

After more than two years the Web Redevelopment Project is coming to an end this week.

The Web Content Team would like to thank everyone who has contributed to what is now a world-class website. It has been a truly remarkable achievement.
While the development phase is wrapping up, the work by no means ends here. It is now up to us all to ensure our site stays focused on the needs of our key audiences and that the content is updated regularly.
This project is a true testament to the power of collaboration and we hope it is just the beginning. In the coming weeks, this blog site will be refreshed and rebadged as a hub for the web publishing community. It will be a place for sharing ideas and experiences and tapping into many resources available to publishers and approvers.  Stay tuned (and stay subscribed!).

Win an iPad mini


#uonthemove photo comp

The #uonthemove photo competition is ramping up with great entries rolling in, so we’ve extended it by one week. Entries now close 11 April 2014.

If you haven’t heard about this exciting opportunity to win an iPad mini, take a look at the great entries so far.

It’s really simple to enter. All you have to do is snap a photo that tells a story of UoN on the move, upload it to Instagram and add the hashtag #uonthemove. If you’re not an Instagram user you can email your entry to onlinemarketing@newcastle.edu.au and we’ll upload it for you.

If you’re having problems uploading your entry or viewing it on Instagram, give me a call on ext. 17458.

And remember you can enter as many times as you like.

Good luck!





Do you know who’s who?

As the transition to the new web site is nearly complete and the project team gets ready to hand over, it’s time to get to know who’s who behind the pages of the UoN web site.

Working together

To ensure that we keep heading in the right direction, it is really important that all those involved in publishing and approving web content maintain a focus on enhancing the user experience on our site.

There will be lots of times when content is relevant to several of our audiences. If you think you have some information or messages that another area would be interested in, speak to publisher in that area. Maybe you can add a widget or nest some content on their page. Or perhaps you have your eye on some of their content for your own area? With a “single source of truth”, the information is updated across the site which means our visitors won’t find conflicting information. And what does that mean? A better user experience.

More than 250 web publishers

There are more than 250 web publishers across the University who have been trained in Squiz – and this list is growing. This is not a published list (as role changes and new staff make it ever-changing) but keep an eye out for the ‘Movers, shakers, website makers‘ postcard as a hint of who can help in the different areas. If you don’t know who to speak to,  there are key contacts for each audience area who can help you.

Accessing support

The Web Services Team provides support via the Web Services Portal at web.newcastle.edu.au

This is in part a knowledge base for you to search  for the information you are looking for. If you can’t find the info in the  knowledge base, you can Submit a Request (top right corner of the portal screen) for help and a member of the Web Services team will look at your issue.



Changes to Squiz Workshop schedule

Due to the decommissioning of Huxley lab HC 107, the schedule for the Squiz Workshops has changed.

All sessions have been moved next door to Huxley lab HC113, however due to limited availability, we have also had to change the sessions to be Tuesdays only. We apologise to anyone who is unable to attend the Tuesday sessions.

Workshops will still run from 10 – 11am, with the exception of next Tuesday 11 March which will run from 2 – 3pm.

Updated schedule

TUES 11 Mar. 2.00 – 3.00pm How to nest content in an image gallery or accordion,

Register at http://squizworkshops-tues11march.eventbrite.com.au

TUES 18 Mar:     General overview/ Refresher

TUES 25 Mar:     Creating news & events

TUES 1 Apr :        Working with images and embedding video

TUES 8 Apr :        Writing content for Search Engine Optimisation  

Register for these sessions at https://squizworkshops-tuesday.eventbrite.com.au

For support outside these sessions, please contact web.newcastle.edu.au

Using features and call to actions

Feature widgets and call to action buttons are a fantastic way to connect people to other areas of our web site, to increase the amount of time people are interacting with our pages, and to make our web site more user-friendly.

Feature widgets are located in the right hand column of your pages and showcase related content that people can click through to, in order to find out more information on another page. Features can link to anything, including a pdf or an external link, but they are usually used to link through to a standard web page.

Call to action buttons are also located in the right hand column of your pages and sit above features. They are used to promote important information or to highlight a specific task that you want people to ‘action’. For example: sign up to an e-newsletter, login to a portal, or link through to another relevant web page.

For publishers wanting to learn more about features and call to actions, come along to our workshop on Wednesday 5 March from 10 to 11am in the Huxley Library. Register now for a place in the features and call to actions workshop.

If you can’t make it to this workshop, but would like to know how to add features and call to actions to web pages, please visit the Web Services Portal how-to guide on feature widgets and call to actions.

Features and call to actions

Watch this space!

As the last phase of the web project – the Current Staff section − will go live in April, we are wrapping up with a fun campaign for all staff, and we need your help.

Firstly, we want to show everyone the talented people that are involved in the project. You may have spotted me lurking in the hallways with my camera taking pics of people. With approximately 300 publishers, 70 approvers and numerous other people involved – this is no small task. So, if I haven’t snapped you yet, can you please email through a small headshot of yourself and a signed Image consent form (PDF,63KB) to jessie.reid@newcastle.edu.au by tomorrow afternoon, or I can pop in and take a quick pic of you. It will be shown no bigger than your staff ID card photo and be amongst the other 400 or so people, so don’t be too camera shy.

Secondly, we will be running a competition for all staff with a fantastic prize. As our publishers – you are the champions of the new site − so we will be relying on you to help us get the word out to all your work mates. Watch this space!

Thanks in advance for your assistance,


Testing testing 1, 2, 3…

Just a reminder that our next weekly workshop is on Wednesday 19 February where we will be running a Current Staff testing and feedback session.

This is a great opportunity for you to preview this new section of the web site and most importantly,  provide feedback on the navigation and usability.

The session will comprise of a set of questions asking you to navigate around the site (there are no right or wrong answers) as well as an opportunity for general feedback.

Your input is vital in helping us deliver a user-friendly site so please join us by registering online at http://squizworkshops-wednesday.eventbrite.com.au

Tip of the week – highlight your strengths

Highlights are a fantastic feature of our new web site and are used to highlight the efforts of our world-class researchers.

It is a standard web page connected to a researcher’s profile and can include text, images, galleries, embedded videos and social media feeds. See a highlight example with the works.

For researchers who don’t have a highlight already connected to their profile, they will need to submit a request in the Web Support Portal to get one set up. However, for publishers, there is a simple and effective way to showcase a selection of researcher highlights connected to your area on your web pages. This is through the use of a highlight widget.

highlight example

This little blue box sits in the right-hand column of your page and can hold up to five highlights.

We have recently made some improvements to the way publishers add highlights to a widget, and will be running a workshop on Wednesday 5 February from 10 to 11am at the Huxley library. Register a place in the highlights workshop.

If you can’t make it along to the workshop and would like to know how to add a highlight to a widget, you can view an updated how-to guide.