New CFCC.edu Design

Starting January 5th, 2015 Web Services will begin to deploy a brand-new design and look for CFCC.edu. The new design will appear first on the CFCC.edu homepage with the new theme rolling out to other sites in the CFCC.edu network throughout January and February.

CFCC.edu will continue to use WordPress as a Content Management System.

Site Admins will continue to work with their web pages just as they do now.

For the majority of websites in the CFCC.edu network this change will be cosmetic and will only update the look and feel of the webpages. In some cases additional work may be needed to ensure content is formatted properly so there is no disruption of services.

Implementing the new look and feel will take place over a period of several weeks during the spring semester.

  • There are over 90 live websites in the CFCC.edu network and over 2300 pages so the new design will be rolled out in phases.
  • Each website will require a theme update, configuration, and evaluation for quality.
  • Stakeholders will be informed of the impending change, and consulted on improving available content.
  • There should be little to no down time for each site.
  • As sites come online, web services will engage with stakeholders to do focus group testing and revise based on feedback.

The following sites will be updated starting in January:

  • CFCC.edu and Associated Pages
  • Foundation
  • Student Services
  • Continuing Education
  • LRC
  • President’s Office
  • Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

Support websites will be updated in February – March:

  • College Transfer
  • Online Learning
  • Learning Lab
  • Bookstore
  • Helpdesk
  • Parking
  • Student Clubs and Activities
  • TV Studio
  • (All Other Support Sites)

Departmental and Academic websites will be updated in March – through the rest of the semester.

Web Services will be in touch with each of you as the new design comes online. We look forward to having the opportunity to improve the content and usability of CFCC.edu for all users.

As always we strive to improve and evolve. Feedback and support from our community is especially needed as updates and improvments to the CFCC.edu website will continue throughout the spring semester. If you have questions or concerns please contact Web Services at webadmin@cfcc.edu .

Recent Changes to CFCC.edu

Last week the web team had to migrate many of the web based services we self-host to our newest server. The old server that the services were being hosted on has reached end of life.

As we moved the services from the old server to the new server it became clear that we needed to resolve the domain name and rename the server from “www2.cfcc.edu” to just “cfcc.edu”

Through out the migration from the old static HTML website to the new WordPress site the goal has been to restore the “cfcc.edu” domain as the primary domain of our public facing website.

On Friday, May 23rd, the web team performed a “domain swap” and part of that process included the batch revising of all URLS and links to remove “www2″

CFCC.edu is now our primary domain. All links and navigation on the site have been updated accordingly.

Major WordPress Core Update. (Now it looks different!)

CFCC Web Team has applied an update to the WordPress CMS for CFCC.edu. You may notice a significant change in the way your dashboard appears. These are mostly visual enhancements and the main menu options and features are still the same.  If you have any questions or issues that may have arisen due to the recent update please contact the Web Designer Justin Floyd via email (jfloyd@cfcc.edu).

More WordPress Training!!!

Missed the last round of Content Management training, need a refresher course, or do you just want to get in on the awesome Web Content Managment for CFCC.edu action?

Well you are in luck. New WordPress training sessions will be available for Mondays and Thursdays from 10am to 12pm for the month of May. Space is limited so pick a session and sign up today!

WordPress 101

What is WordPress?
WordPress is a Content Management System. (CMS) A web based program that stores, manages and displays web content. Website content creators use a web based dashboard to create, edit and maintain text, images and media in various pages and posts.

Why use WordPress
Because the cfcc.edu website will soon launch a new site on the WordPress platform.

www2homepage

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Turn Your Opino Survey Into A Response Form

Want to know an easy way to add a contact or feedback form to your CFCC webpage? Well, you’re in luck because that’s what we are talking about today.

Opinio has added a response notification option to their survey management software. This allows you to have the survey response emailed to an email address of your choice.

Basically you can now tailor a survey to act as a contact form, feedback form,  application or any type of direct contact form.

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Make your Opinio Survey Look like the CFCC.edu Website.

Here is a quick walk-through on how you can present your Opinio Survey in the Cape Fear Community College web template.

Step 1

Login to Opinio. If you are an Opinio user this step should be a no-brainer.

Step 2

Create a new survey or Find and select an existing  survey you wish to modify. For this tutorial we will use an existing survey.

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Basic HTML Part 3

Tables are useful and essential when displaying tabular data for the web. Charts, Data tables, Calendars are all valid reasons to use an HTML table on your web page. HTML tables are comprised of rows and columns that display sets of data or content in an organized and structured fashion.

In this post we will use table markup tags to build a static HTML calendar. Using your text editor open your index.html file from the previous Basic HTML exercises. While following along with this exercise make sure to save often. There is a lot to do be fore we can view our table in the browser. Continue reading