WordPress Editing Training

We offering ongoing, personalized training for editors at the School of Medicine at all levels in WordPress.   Just drop in, and get help.

Prerequisite: please watch the training videos on WordPress 101, on you future site, or on our training site.  Log onto your site or the training site; and watch the first 16 short videos (you need not watch the last 4, unless curiosity or interest in advance tools grips you).  If you need access to the training videos let us know here.

Here’s a schedule of classes:

  • Wed., Jul 22, 2015, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM — Tolleson Classroom
  • Wed., Jul 29, 2015, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM — Tolleson Classroom
  • Wed., Aug 5, 2015, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM — Tolleson Classroom
  • Wed., Aug 12, 2015, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM — Tolleson Classroom
  • Wed., Aug 19, 2015, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM — Tolleson Classroom
  • Wed., Aug 26, 2015, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM — Tolleson Classroom
  • Wed., Sep 2, 2015, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM — Tolleson Classroom
  • Wed., Sep 9, 2015, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM — Tolleson Classroom

The Tolleson Classroom is in the Health System Library, 1st Floor.

Migration Schedule (updated July 15, 2015)

Updated July 15, 2015
Website Migration to WordPress START Date  % comp.
Site/Task
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Studies 2012 100
Cancer Research 2012 100
Department of Medicine Annual Report 2014 2013 100
Information Technologies at UPG and SOM 2013 100
Digital Communications 2013 100
Department of Medicine Annual Report FY 2013 2014 100
Hospital Drive 2014 100
Kids Matter 2014 100
Medicine Matters 2014 100
Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology 2014 100
Clinical Research 2014 100
Clinical Research 2014 100
Anatomy Reflections 2014 100
Gold Humanism Honor Society 2014 100
Cell Biology 1/1/2015 60
Clinical Research Improvement in Systems and Processes 1/1/2015 100
Academic Strategic Planning 1/1/2015 100
Academic Strategic Planning (internal resources) 1/1/2015 100
Online Faculty Profiles Environment 1/1/2015 100
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics 1/1/2015 100
Department of Pharmacology 1/1/2015 100
Research Faculty Directory 1/1/2015 100
Fiske Drug Discovery Laboratory 1/1/2015 100
Harris Lab 1/1/2015 100
Lazo 1/1/2015 100
From the Dean’s Office 1/1/2015 100
Pannexins in Health and Disease 1/1/2015 100
Virginia Center for Translational and Regulatory Sciences 1/1/2015 100
Child Health Research Center 1/1/2015 100
Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development 1/1/2015 100
One H.R. 1/1/2015 100
Faculty Development 1/1/2015 100
Diversity 1/1/2015 100
Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology 3/1/2015 100
Admissions 3/1/2015 100
Office for Diversity 3/1/2015 100
MSTP: Medical Scientist Training Program 3/1/2015 100
Criss Lab 3/1/2015 100
Hospital Drive 3/1/2015 100
Mindfulness Matters 3/1/2015 100
Clinical Research Improvement in Systems and Processes 4/1/2015 100
Kadner Lectures 4/1/2015 100
Wagner Seminars 4/1/2015 100
Abounader Lab 4/1/2015 100
Engel Lab 4/1/2015 100
Gioeli Lab 4/1/2015 100
Kashatus Lab 4/1/2015 100
Park Lab 4/1/2015 100
Slack-Davis Lab 4/1/2015 100
Zong Lab 4/1/2015 100
Center for Cell Signaling 4/1/2015 100
Surgery – Transplant Surger 4/1/2015 100
Mulholland Society 5/1/2015 100
Carter Immunology Center 3/1/2015 80
GI Nutrition and Support Team 6/1/2015 40
CDB Graduate Program 1/1/2015 40
Immunology Training Program 6/1/2015 80
Surgery 7/1/2015 30
Surgery – Acute Care & Trauma Surgery 7/1/2015 30
Surgery – General Surgery 7/1/2015 30
Surgery – Surgical Oncology 7/1/2015 30
Surgery – Pediatric Surgery 7/1/2015 30
Surgery – Cardiothoracic Surgery 7/1/2015 30
Surgery – Vascular & Endovascular Surgery 7/1/2015 30
Homepage 8/1/2015 70
News Site 8/1/2015 50
Project Management 8/1/2015 40
Software Development 8/1/2015 0
News and Notes (log on) 8/1/2015 0
Cancer Control Core 8/1/2015 0
Human Tissue Core 8/1/2015 0
List of Equipment in Research Cores 8/1/2015 0
Core Facilities 8/1/2015 0
Biorepository and Tissue Research Facility 8/1/2015 0
Bioinformatics Core 8/1/2015 0
Biomolecular Research Facility 8/1/2015 0
Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance Facility 8/1/2015 0
Exercise Physiology 8/1/2015 0
Flow Cytometry Core Facility 8/1/2015 0
Research Histology Core 8/1/2015 0
Lymphocyte Culture Center 8/1/2015 0
Advanced Microscopy Facility 8/1/2015 0
Molecular Electron Microscopy Core 8/1/2015 0
Molecular Imaging Core 8/1/2015 0
Molmart Product Core 8/1/2015 0
Tissue Culture Facility 8/1/2015 0
Genetically Engineered Murine Model (GEMM) Core 8/1/2015 0
Virginia Research Resources Consortium 8/1/2015 0
Medicine 8/1/2015 0
Pediatrics Mainsite 8/1/2015 0
Radiology and Medical Imaging 9/1/2015 0
Radiation Oncology 8/1/2015 0
Urology 8/1/2015 0
UPG 8/1/2015 0
Emergency Medicine 8/1/2015 0
Public Health Sciences 8/1/2015 0
Biotechnology 9/1/2015 0
Pediatrics Division 9/1/2015 0
Pediatrics Division 9/1/2015 0
Pediatrics Division 9/1/2015 0
Pediatrics Division 9/1/2015 0
Pediatrics Division 9/1/2015 0
Pediatrics Division 9/1/2015 0
Pediatrics Division 9/1/2015 0
Pediatrics Division 9/1/2015 0
Pediatrics Division 9/1/2015 0
Pediatrics Division 9/1/2015 0
Pediatrics Division 9/1/2015 0
Radiology Divsion 9/1/2015 0
Radiology Divsion 9/1/2015 0
Radiology Divsion 9/1/2015 0
Radiology Divsion 9/1/2015 0
Radiology Divsion 9/1/2015 0
Radiology Divsion 9/1/2015 0
Radiology Divsion 9/1/2015 0
Radiology Divsion 9/1/2015 0
Radiology Divsion 9/1/2015 0
Radiology Divsion 9/1/2015 0
Radiology Divsion 9/1/2015 0
Finance (public site) 9/1/2015 0
Clinical Skills Center 9/1/2015 0
Clinical Clerkship Support 9/1/2015 0
Medicine Division 9/1/2015 0
Medicine Division 9/1/2015 0
Medicine Division 9/1/2015 0
Medicine Division 9/1/2015 0
Medicine Division 9/1/2015 0
Medicine Division 9/1/2015 0
Medicine Division 9/1/2015 0
Medicine Division 9/1/2015 0
Medicine Division 9/1/2015 0
Medicine Division 9/1/2015 0
Medicine Division 9/1/2015 0
Pathology 9/1/2015 0
Blue Ridge Poison Center (BPRC) 9/1/2015 0
Global Health 9/1/2015 0
Health Disparities 9/1/2015 0
Pfizer Initiative in International Health 9/1/2015 0
Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies 9/1/2015 0
Wisdom Through Adversity 9/1/2015 0
Diabetes Community Network Services 9/1/2015 0
Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center 9/1/2015 0
The Center for Appreciative Practice 9/1/2015 0
Mini-Med School 9/1/2015 0
Office of Telemedicine 9/1/2015 0
Biomedical Ethics and Humanities 9/1/2015 0
Graduate Medical Education 9/1/2015 0
Medical Student Advocacy Committee 9/1/2015 0
Financial Aid 9/1/2015 0
Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) 9/1/2015 0
Medical Education Support 9/1/2015 0
Pharmacological Sciences 9/1/2015 0
Immunology 9/1/2015 0
Infectious Disease Research 9/1/2015 0
Continuing Medical Education 10/1/2015 0
Generalist Scholars Program 10/1/2015 0
Graduate Biosciences Society 10/1/2015 0
Medical Simulation Center 10/1/2015 0
Student National Medical Association 10/1/2015 0
The Healer’s Art 10/1/2015 0
Academy of Distinguished Educators 10/1/2015 0
About the School 10/1/2015 0
Administrator Development 10/1/2015 0
Administration 10/1/2015 0
Employee Engagement 10/1/2015 0
Human Resources 10/1/2015 0
School News 10/1/2015 0
Anesthesiology 10/1/2015 0
Dentistry 10/1/2015 0
Dermatology 10/1/2015 0
Family Medicine 10/1/2015 0
Physical Medicine @ Rehabilitation 10/1/2015 0
Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery 10/1/2015 0
Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences 10/1/2015 0
UVA C.A.R.E. 10/1/2015 0
Center for Public Health Genomics 10/1/2015 0
Mellon Prostate Cancer Institute 10/1/2015 0
Research Faculty Directory 10/1/2015 0
Division of Perceptual Studies 10/1/2015 0
BIG-Center for Brain Immunology &amp 10/1/2015 0
Center for Comparative Medicine 10/1/2015 0
Center for Diabetes Technology 10/1/2015 0
Center for Cell Clearance 10/1/2015 0
Center for AIDS and Human Retrovirus Research 10/1/2015 0
Clinical Trials Office 10/1/2015 0
Grants and Contracts 10/1/2015 0
Research 10/1/2015 0
Center for Cell Signaling 10/1/2015 0
Carter Immunology Center 10/1/2015 0
PMR 10/1/2015 0
Children’s Health Research Center 10/1/2015 0
Student Affairs 11/1/2015 0
Undergraduate Medical Education 11/1/2015 0
Women in Math and Science 11/1/2015 0
Summer Research Internship Program 11/1/2015 0
Medical Scientist Training Program 11/1/2015 0
Biodefense 11/1/2015 0
Molecular Biophysics 11/1/2015 0
Neurology 11/1/2015 0
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11/1/2015 0
Ophthalmology 11/1/2015 0
Orthopaedic Surgery 11/1/2015 0
Otolaryngology 11/1/2015 0
Neurosurgery 11/1/2015 0
Cardiovascular Research Training Grant 12/1/2015 ?
Neuroscience 12/1/2015 ?
Cardiovascular Research Center 12/1/2015 ?
Insider 12/1/2015 ?
Institute for Metabolism, Obesity, and Diabetes 12/1/2015 ?
Biotechnology PhD Training Program 12/1/2015 ?
Cell and Molecular Biology 12/1/2015 ?
Bayliss Lab 12/1/2015 ?
Sharlow Lab 12/1/2015 ?

WordPress Migration Plan – 2015

School of Medicine: Website Migration to WordPress

Prepared by Ray Nedzel, Webmaster, UVA School of Medicine, (updated June 15, 2015)

Synopsis

After extensive consultation with web editors, web professionals, and usability experts, the School of Medicine (SOM) Webmaster – with support of the technology team – is reengineering the new School of Medicine website using WordPress – one of the world’s most popular Content Management Systems. The project began in 2013 moving iteratively to confirm best practices and optimize results for a school-wide transition. Of the 215 School of Medicine sites, 40 sites have been reengineered.  We propose a plan to convert the remaining sites between July 15 and December 15, 2015.

Timeline

(see GANTT Chart for details; see work already completed for current status)

June 2015:

  • Migrate sites in queue
  • Complete SOM server build – with ITS, a scalable LAMP server, a virtual machine which can be cloned
  • Create a new development environment
  • Post temporary positions for July interviews and hires.
  • Develop communication plan
  • Secure Extended Server 2003 support

 

July 2015:

  • Test new site on new server with Shibboleth protection
  • Create web editor support desk interface on website
  • Begin weekly communication via virtual meetings
  • Migrate sites in queue from June
  • Interviews for temporary content coordinators
  • Establish training schedule and instructors
  • Complete backup of site due on the 15th and 30th
  • Begin site by site migration
  • Goal – 10 sites

 

August 2015:

  • Continue communication, training, backups, and site by site migration
  • Goal – 30 sites (40 sites to date)

 

September 2015:

  • Continue communication, training, backups, and site by site migration
  • Goal – 30 sites (70 sites to date)

 

October 2015:

  • Continue communication, training, backups, and site by site migration
  • Goal – 30 sites (110 sites to date)

 

November 2015:

  • Complete migration
  • Continue communication and training
  • Goal – 23 sites (133 sites to date – complete)

 

December 2015:

  • Complete all testing, redirects, patches.
  • Continue communication, training
  • Complete this phase of project by December 15, 2015
  • Gather requirements for any phase II work. Implementation of new features could begin Q1 2016.
  • Configure 301 redirects with HSTS WDC. Backup, then shut down the site in Plone.
  • December is a buffer month – a contingency month for handling delays in the project while still meeting our end date goal.

Project Management and Communications

Project Management

  • Ray Nedzel, School of Medicine Webmaster
  • Kim Holman, School of Medicine Project Manager
  • Support from School of Medicine IT team.

Communication for those working on the project

  • Web-based Gantt chart and Kanban boards will be used for project assignments and tracking.
  • Daily development notes from project team members will be uploaded to UVA box
  • Collaboratively edited documents (timelines and spreadsheets) will be overseen by the project manager and reside in Google docs.
  • Google hangouts, emails, and email chains will be used for ongoing project discussions. Project manager shall ensure that any conclusions drawn from these discussions will be incorporated, as appropriate, into project timeline changes and/or project notes.

Communication for those outside the project working group

  • Google hangouts will be open, and recorded.
  • Digital communications website will be updated weekly and more frequently when special notices are needed. http://technology.med.virginia.edu/digitalcommunications/
  • Email, short presentations at administrator’s meetings, and ongoing training will be used to keep everyone in the loop.
  • Project reports will be delivered to the CIO to share with the Dean and managers monthly and also on request.

Features and Benefits of WordPress

  • Largest developer/user base on the web (22% of the web utilizes WordPress).
  • Mature technology. WordPress began in 2003 as a blogging platform and is now a scalable CMS with a large support base.
  • Easy to use and easy to learn for non-technology staff.
  • Large adoption rate in higher education.
  • Used by Health System Marketing for their blog and UVA Connect.
  • Easily extends and provides ways to share data from the application to other platforms.

Features and Benefits of VM LAMP Server Hosting with ITS

  • Local School of Medicine server administrator has direct working relationship with ITS Server Management.
  • ITS has reliable backups
  • In a virtual machine world, SOM only pays for what is needed
  • SOM IT servers have been built to be expandable without disruption of service.

Risks and Concerns

Shift of Responsibilities

SOM IT is moving from development and project based work to operational support very quickly. The current staffing model doesn’t support this shift. Due to this shift, SOM IT needs to develop very clear SLAs for off-hours and weekends, develop a strategy for support for future enhancements. Supersizing SOM IT machines could prevent the need to begin juggling resources during off hours. Conditions requiring alert notifications to SOM IT also need to be reviewed and improved.

Managing Load

There is the risk in terms of load, speed, and space. The current image has been built to be flexible, and much can be done in a fairly non-disruptive way. Increasing our server resources now is an option.

Managing User Access — And Types of Access

This is a new task for the School of Medicine.  Previously HSTS or ITS have managed the server access/accounts. WDC has managed the editor’s account access through LDAP and the CMS interface. The provision of the editors’ access will still be done on a site by site level – but Shibboleth (net badge) will provide the secure logon with the users’ managed UVA password. School of Medicine will be out of the password management business.

Need for Better Analytics and Reporting

SOM IT will have to provide analytics and auto generated reports, site by site, and yet have these managed though one analytics account. Although this is managed by the WDC in the current Plone site(s), ITS does not currently support this. SOM may need a consultant for one or two days to help configure the best extensible use of analytics and reporting.

Scope

The purpose of this plan is to migrate the content. There will be improvements and innovations along the way. Specializations and customizations which benefit the early adopter are available to all. A benefit of utilizing a CMS with the largest developer community is the accessibility of new services. Customization will be at the approval of the Webmaster.

Resources Required for Success

Focus of Web Team

The School of Medicine has over 200 sites which form the School of Medicine website. This is the time (July 2015 to Dec 2015) to focus on content migration. Responsive templates, integrated widgets, and dynamic feed capabilities are developed. Iterative testing has occurred and now is the time to migrate and then customize.

Two Temporary FTEs – Web Content Coordinators (6 month duration):

While the first 40 sites moved to WordPress involved risk of the unknown impact of WordPress, those involved also had the benefit working directly with web development professionals. Solving programmatic web issues as they arose was a great benefit. In moving content, however, this would be overkill. A dedicated web content coordinator would best serve the current need.

Possible Consultant(s)

Since SOM will be moving quickly with limited staff resources, it would be wise to have contingency resources available if the need to consult an expert should arise. Areas which could benefit include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing proper setup of analytics
  • Integrating Shibboleth security and logon.
  • Configuring efficient multi-site/multi-network WordPress instance.

Continued Support from HSTS and WDC

As of June 1, 2015, 80-percent of the School’s websites are hosted on HSTS servers and supported by the WDC.  This support throughout our migration, without interruption, is critical.  Naturally, over the course to the migration, the nature of work in some areas will lessen in volume; but the site uptime, the user support in Plone, and the collaboration stated in our SLA will need to continue through the end of migration.  

Extended Server 2003 Support:

The School’s current websites hosted by HSTS are on a Windows 2003 Server. These servers will need to be supported by HSTS during the migration period. Microsoft offers a support package that we should consider purchasing to mitigate risk.

Continued Collaboration with Health System Marketing Web Team

While the marketing department for the Health System primarily focuses on Medical Center promotion, SOM collaborates with the team and its individuals. For instance:

  • A new School news site developed in conjunction with the Marketing team will populate School news stories already written and produce video for featured stories on the School website.
  • UVAHealth.com has “Find a Doc” doctor profiles which would benefit SOM. “Find a Doc” links and feeds will help pull one set of data into many different places reducing duplications. This could also be utilized with Symplectic Elements in the future.

Departmental Support:

While a point person will be provided for each site to assist in the transfer, services such as application/server security, hosting, training, and redirecting, will be provided by the School of Medicine Digital Communications team. Each site migrated will need the support of the department – the Chair, the Administrator, or the web editor.

Continued Service Level Agreement with Departments

For the past 17 years, if a department at the School of Medicine desired a website, that individual department was responsible for the content and maintenance of the content of that site. Departments can expect to have the same promised uptime and editor support which they have had. With the migration, it is hoped that each department will experience more responsive support.

Each department will be assessed to determine their needs and understand the support they desire. During the consultations, which will occur with each department, recommendations will be made to assist those needing help with their content (writing, photos, editing, updating, etc.)

Training

Current and New Editors

  • Instructor led training once per week for new editors or for anyone in the HS Library.
  • Online video training for all registered users.
  • Blog and communication updates addressing the most popular innovations and desired editing solutions.
  • A personal content migration specialist from the Dean’s Office during migration
  • A trained departmental web editor.
  • Assistance from current users of WordPress system.

Testimonials of Early (SOM) Adopters

  • Working … to build the Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development website was a lot of fun. Cathy and Ray made sure they understood what we were trying to accomplish with our new site. They laid out possibilities and asked great questions to make sure the website we were designing would best meet the needs of our target audience. – Troy Buer, Faculty Affairs
  • There are some tricky bits to learn – but overall, I find WordPress easy and intuitive. More flexible, and a much more attractive end-product. – Jane Perry – Department of Medicine.

Precedence in choosing WordPress:

  • The university has thousands of sites built in WordPress.
  • The School of Medicine has been using WordPress since 2007.
  • Health System Marketing/Communications team chose WordPress for UVA Connect with much success.
  • The HS Library has blogs in WordPress and other sites built in PHP/MySQL – WordPress underline language and database (along with MariaDB).
  • We have expertise in house.
  • WordPress has the largest developer community of any open source platform.

Work to date/prep work for migration:

2013

  • Brought online two LAMP Servers (production and development) with ITS including virtual hosts, Pubcookie/NetBadge protection and SSL
  • Installed and tested WordPress instances as follows:
    • Multi-Network/Multi-Site WordPress instance (production)
    • Multi-Network/Multi-Site WordPress instance (development)
    • Multi-site instance for internal resources (NetBadge protected)
  • Created scalable, flexible WordPress Responsive Theme Framework for Basic Science Departments, Education, Administration, and Research based on the design for BIMS by Convoy.
  • Created custom WordPress plugins including:
    • Universal SOM top bar navigation with site-wide “Mega Menus”
    • Custom search including in-page integration of UVA People Search and Google Search/WordPress search from a single query
    • Custom Footer settings for departmental information
  • Coordinated manual and automatic replication of SOM mega menus with WDC
  • Built the RFD in WordPress integrating data from Curvita in nightly batch process.
  • Built responsive newsletter using WordPress theme.
  • Published first two news sites with static HTML newsletters (Medicine Matters and Kids Matter).
  • Published first newsletter site with automated RSS-driven MailChimp newsletter integration (Office of the Dean).
  • Worked with UPG and SOM Finance to create and launch online budget website to assist department administrators implement Clarity, including access-protected, embedded instructional videos hosted on Vimeo.
  • Completed seven site migrations by end of year with one additional site in development.

2014

  • Built Clinical Research site out from scratch in new WordPress responsive theme.
  • Launched NEW Research Faculty Directory in WordPress including web services via RSS and JSON for use by external site developers.
  • Built custom WordPress plugin allowing WordPress department sites to include RFD data within their web sites.
  • Built Pharmacology as the first domain-level department allowing for quick creation sub-sites and labs within the department navigational scheme.
  • Completed 13 additional site migrations by end of the year with 19 additional sites in development.

2015 – Jan to July

  • Finished migrating Basic Science Departments Currently in Plone.
  • Built new CentOS Virtual ITS Server for better permissions granting and security via Shibboleth.
  • Built new Homepage for testing.
  • Built responsive WordPress theme based on UVA Health look and feel for clinical departments
  • Began moving education sites moved to WordPress.
  • Began testing and moving clinical departments – Surgery, Medicine, and Pediatrics
  • Published new NEWS site, and new SOM Homepage.
  • Posted and plan to hire content coordinator.

 

Graduation Video

Last month we welcomed to our staff Harry Moxley, Digital Media and Video Producer.  Harry comes to us from the DC area with years of experience — including over 7 years as a producer for the Discovery Channel.

Last Sunday was Gradation and the Diploma Ceremony — and we followed the Medical students that day with a camera and a goPro — and below is what Harry put together from that footage.  It was sent to the graduating class and the dean of each School of Medicine College.

If you have video projects you’d like to pitch, email us now: somweb@virginia.edu.

Controlling Your Sidebars: Widget Logic

Widget Logic Panel

Ever want to display a widget in a sidebar, but not know how to make it NOT display in that sidebar in some places on your site? Everyone does. There is a tool within our WordPress installation called “Widget Logic.” It’s a more advance WordPress tool because it asks you to write tiny snippets of code called “WordPress Conditionals.” These conditionals are basic “if/then” statements using PHP syntax and are very easy to learn.

Widget Logic can be intimidating to folks. But, really, it’s just a matter of learning the vocabulary and syntax for these terms. Most of the time, you’ll find knowing one or two terms is enough to give you even greater control over which widgets display where. It’s a powerful tool.

We’ve just put together a new tutorial on Widget Logic, complete with links to further information AND a quiz to test your knowledge. Visit the tutorial >>

Optimize your Images!

Editing with Picmonkey

Not all of us is a Photoshop expert. Here are some free, simple tools to resize and crop your images for web uploading, and slideshows, without having to buy or learn new software. Image optimization may be the single best thing you can do to improve the performance of your website and keep your users from being frustrated. Go to the tutorial >>

Making Slideshows with Gallery Slideshows: New Tutorial!

Slideshow with Thumbnail option

Want to add a slideshow to your site? We now have a very simple, lightweight plugin that helps you build a slideshow where you want it. It’s called “Gallery Slideshow” and we have posted a new tutorial to walk you through the steps. Note: For those of you who had used Soliloquy or Slidedeck in the past, we are removing those plugins soon and will assist you with converting your slideshows to this new tool. Although those tools were very “fancy,” we found that there were many conflicts with code that caused them to not display properly in all browsers. The beauty of Gallery Slideshow is that it is based on the built-in WordPress galleries so is very lightweight and doesn’t bog down the load time of your pages or cause weirdness in displays. Here is the tutorial >>

BMG Website Goes Live

BMG Website

The Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics website went live in our new template and multi-network system.  Check it out as it uses many of our dynamic pulls all managed by the administration staff of the BMG department – working hand by hand with our Digital Communications group who provide the technical solutions to the content and subject matter experts of BMG.

New Features and Enhancements to Faculty Data Display

Faculty LIsting

We’ve been working on upgrading functionality for use of Research Faculty Directory data for department sites. These changes have been made in response to requests from departments who are looking for more ways to deploy the faculty data within their posts and pages. The following enhancements are now in place:

More Flexible Faculty Listings:

Now, you can place a single faculty listing, or multiple listings, anywhere within the content any page or post. By inserting the WordPress “shortcodes” right inside of page content, you can load a faculty name, photo, and research title right inside the content of your paragraph or page, wrapping text around it, above it, or below it. The listing will still link to a full bio of the faculty member and keep the user within your site.

Faculty Publication Listings

You can now simply type in a shortcode in the body of any page and it will give you the publications for a faculty member. This is a great timesaver for those who don’t want to necessarily display all the bio information, but want to include a PubMed listing of a given faculty member’s publications within the body of a page or post.

Coming Soon: Faculty Widgets

We are now working on a “widget” that you can place anywhere in your site. The widget will include the thumbnail portrait and name of a faculty member, linking to their full bio. This should be in place in the coming month.

See how to use these new enhancements to the shortcodes for faculty data in our updated online documentation >

For more about WordPress shortcodes, visit the WordPress site >

Student Life Video Project

camera-reel-and-clap-board

We have begun interviewing students for what will become a 16 student interview section of (a yet to be developed, but will also be developed Student Life and Admissions section of our website).

In this project we are working closely with professional videographers in Charlottesville, and Gabrielle Marzani-Nissen, M.D., Assistant Dean for Admissions.

The Dean approved the hiring of consultants for this project, as our video capacity has been out stripped by our video demand.  We’re looking forward to launching the final versions (and the new website) in July.