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Why Won't My Conductor Web Page Update?

Author: Jonathan Arp

A question we sometimes field from Conductor users is “Why won’t my website update?” You go into your Conductor admin, update a page, and then view it on the live site. The old content is still showing.

This concern (and the underlying issue of performance) is common to every content management system, be it Conductor, Wordpress, Drupal, or any other. Search “performance” and the name of any CMS, and you will find article after article about how to improve the performance of your pages. Within those articles, page caching will be among the first recommendations.…

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Always Use Semantic Markup

Author: Shawn Maust

A web page, at its core, is a text document. Each page may look radically different, but below the surface, it is text that has been marked up using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). HTML uses a system of tags to designate the meaning of each bit of content. 

When HTML tags are used to accurately convey what each chunk of content is, it's called semantic HTML–it reinforces the semantics, or meaning, of the information on that page. This is the way HTML was designed to be used.…

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Updating Notre Dame's Favicon

Author: Erik Runyon

Blue and gold favicons on both light and dark tabs

Favicons, the small icon that appears on a browser tab, have long been a way to easily identify a site in a row of open browser tabs. For many years, our sites have used a blue Notre Dame monogram as the favicon. Due to recent operating systems changes, we've changed from a blue monogram to a gold one.…

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Defining and Dealing with Taste

Author: Nevin McElwrath

Taste is hard to define, but is an inescapable and necessary part of the design process. In higher education, one challenge lies within nested entities that strive to have an identity and voice that is seen and heard. At Notre Dame we strive to balance a prestigious, world-renowned brand with the individual tastes of our campus partners.…

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Theme and function updates at search.nd.edu

Author: Erik Runyon

The Notre Dame homepage was updated in October 2018 with a new design. To reflect this change, search.nd.edu has been updated to match that new University theme. In addition to an updated theme, there are changes to the search features as well.

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Best Practice for Moved Content: Redirect or Page Not Found?

Author: Shawn Maust

During the life of a website, it is common for the page structure to change. Sometimes a page gets moved to a new location; sometimes it gets removed altogether. In any case, it's worth considering how to respond to traffic to pages that no longer exist where they once did. Is it suitable to redirect users somewhere else? Or is allowing them to experience a "broken" link more appropriate?…

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The Difference Between Blockquotes and Pull Quotes

Author: John Slott

A blockquote is used in online writing to differentiate a section of quoted text from the text around it. When used correctly, it can enhance text content on the web, but too often blockquotes are applied incorrectly, perhaps in place of another familiar text treatment, the pull quote.

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Branding the University of Notre Dame Online

Author: Zach Allen

Since the launch of the updated nd.edu in October 2018, the Web Team has been developing the design of the University’s flagship site into a new University Theme—a standardized set of styles and elements—that will bring a much greater brand consistency to Notre Dame’s family of websites.

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