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Latest Developments on the L&C Website Redesign & Training Details

May 01, 2009

For the last two years New Media has been working on a replacement for the software that runs our website, Trillium 2000. The new software is called Live Whale and it’s being ‘switched on’ on June 8, 2009. We are about to start transferring all the content from Trillium into the new system and we may well be contacting you about any issues arising during this transfer over the coming two months.

When you see the new site you’ll notice all manner of rich, new features and a total redesign of the layout of most pages. A smattering of the things you can look forward to include:

  • Personalized, personal homepages where you see an overview of everything going on on campus and beyond.
  • New event and news item pages which can be published on multiple pages.
  • A fresh, modern redesign of all the site, from the home pages to the department pages.
  • Greatly improved WYSIWYG editing features (What You See Is What You Get).
  • Version control (if something goes wrong you can revert to an earlier version, track changes, etc).
  • Ability to easily add more multimedia content (photo galleries, videos, news feeds)
  • A permissions system–Rather than logging in as the department to edit your pages, your Lewis & Clark email can be used for all the areas you’re responsible for.

New Media will be providing training for those of you in charge of editing your sites. We highly recommend attending one if you’ve worked with Trillium in the past. Here are the details:

Group Training Sessions

We’re partnering with IT Client Services to help us manage LiveWhale and being experts in user training, Kelly Wainwright is going to be leading six 90-minute training sessions over the course of late April to early June. Here’s the present schedule:

Tuesday-April 28, 12:15-1:45pm, South Conference Center rm. 107
Thursday-May 7, 3-4:30pm, Watzek Library Classroom (rm. 245)
Friday-May 15, 10-11:30am, Watzek Library Classroom (rm. 245)
Wednesday-May 27, 1:30-3pm, South Conference Center rm. 107
Tuesday-June 9, 9-10:30am, Watzek Library Classroom (rm. 245)

To sign up, contact Leslie Wagner at wagner@lclark.edu or call #7229.

They’ll be limiting the number per class to about 20 so that everyone has a good chance to see and get questions answered. If some of these times don’t work for you, or you want to get a large group training for your entire office, contact Kelly to arrange something special.

Self-Taught Training

For those of you that prefer a self-taught method, Morgan Grether is also going to be creating some online screencasts of how to do some of the most frequently performed tasks in LiveWhale. He’s just starting to create them, but we’ll be sure to post them as soon as they’re ready.

Frequently asked questions and useful things to know about the redesign are being answered over at the Redesign Blog: http://media.lclark.edu/category/redesign/ — Well worth browsing if you are involved in website updates in any way.

As always we’re here for your questions about the new system or anything web-related.

Sincerely,

Gwyn Fisher, Web Developer

Morgan Grether, Web Content Systems Manager