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  • Get told immediately when your tests pass or fail with Guard and terminal-notifier-guard

    Got your feedback loop between writing code and executing tests down to the shortest time possible? Of course you have. After all, you know your tried-and-tested shortcut keys. But there may be something better than your years-old habit. Just run...

  • Launching Worldwide

    We have recently launched Worldwide on bath.ac.uk. It is a new central hub to curate international content across the website and will focus on a specific country or region. This is to support the implementation of the University’s International Strategy. For...

  • First pages of the new Bath website are live

    Today we published a number of sections on the new Bath website. These pages appear in our new designs, managed by our new CMS and they have been produced using our new approach to content design. The sections are: Eateries...

  • Five lessons learnt about user testing

    Doing anything with more regularity will provide performance benefits and provide insights into how to do it better, and over the last couple years we've really ramped up the frequency of our user testing. Sooo, here are five lessons that...

  • In April the University website is changing

    Just over a year ago, the University began work on an ambitious project to develop a new website and publishing platform to replace our nearly decade-old content management system. We are now ready to begin launching the new bath.ac.uk. The...

  • Getting ready to go live

    As you might have noticed from our latest sprint notes, we're getting pretty close to shipping some of our first full sections of the beta site. We've had a handful of individual pages live for months now, all for new content....

  • What tech we use to test our CMS: Minitest and Capybara

    The road less travelled For the Editor side of our new CMS, we have made a couple of choices in testing that are a little bit off the beaten track. For starters we are using Minitest instead of RSpec. Most...

  • Who can do what, and where

    We now have over 100 people using the new CMS, drawn from 48 organisations and 28 groups. We also recently crossed the threshold of 1,000 content items in the CMS (woohoo!) And aside from organisations, all those numbers are bound to go up....

  • How we implemented file uploading in our CMS

    The setup We have built into our CMS the ability to attach files to our Publication content type. Here I'll go cover the steps and hurdles we went through in implementing this very common feature. On our first pass we took...

  • The design function Christmas wishlist 2015

    After a busy year, the onset of Christmas always provides a brief moment to step back and reflect upon everything that has happened over the last 12 months. 2015 has been our year for honing workflows, trying out new tools...