Beta

  • Improving support for lead publishers during transition

    Transitioning our content to the new CMS is a lot of work. The early part of the transition in particular involves lead publishers of departments and services across the University reviewing their content, deciding whether to transition it or not,...

  • bath.ac.uk content by the numbers and the next steps

    In March, the Digital team set out on an ambitious project to inventory bath.ac.uk. Our purpose was to learn more about the content we create and the publishers who write it. Gathering this knowledge with a thorough inventory process is...

  • Tracking the progress of the Beta: one whiteboard, 300 spreadsheets

    Very early into the Beta, we started to face a big question: how do we track the progress of the Beta programme? We use Trello and Pivotal within the team, but we didn't just want to track what we were...

  • Building a boot camp for auditing web content

    Auditing inventories can be a daunting task. Publishers auditing inventories as part of the transition into the new publishing app will have to review a lot of content while also having to consider content types and migration options. To help, we...

  • Automatically shipping early and often

    We're an agile team, but rather than dogmatically follow a proscriptive capital-a Agile methodology we try to hew closely to the principles behind the Agile Manifesto. Principle 3: "Working software is delivered frequently (weeks rather than months)" We're trying to...

  • Beta approved

    The University’s strategic goal is to be recognised as an international centre of research and teaching excellence. The quality of our digital domain plays an essential role in delivering this vision. From Alpha to Beta An ‘Alpha’ version of a...

  • Why static publishing and why Hugo?

    As we've written before, we're going to try to use Hugo for statically publishing www.bath.ac.uk. There's a nice video showing it publishing 5,000 pages in under 7 seconds, and our testing gives similar numbers. Static site serving has been big...

  • A brief overview of the technical platform for alpha.bath.ac.uk

    Our current CMS platform was introduced in 2007. It is a large, monolithic Java application which is hard to extend or customise. For the Alpha of a new CMS we wanted to base it on a popular web framework which...

  • Goodbye Alpha

    On Friday 27th we finished the testing of alpha.bath.ac.uk. The ‘Alpha’ was a project to trial an experimental design, infrastructure and editorial approach for a new University of Bath website. The point of the Alpha The Alpha went live in...

  • Typesetting the Alphas

    It's almost 10 years ago now that Oliver Reichenstein published his thoughts on the fundamental influence of typography on web design. Web Design is 95% TypographyOliver Reichenstein At the time the article provoked a lively discussion amongst the design community....