Publication seems to have gone OK; saw that the banner was missing links to the faculty site and to the calendar so I fixed those, then set it to publish again.
Fixed a few last-minute bugs I found ahead of the final site publication tomorrow afternoon. Fingers crossed.
TG finished the first run through the History site the other day, and we're now tidying up and fixing minor annoyances. I've done a lot of table tweaking to get better layouts, and fixed a couple of oddities (pages that were unaccountably set to not be published, and that sort of thing).
Adapted some table-sorting JS I wrote for MoEML so that it works to enable sorting of faculty and staff profile tables on the History site, pending the possible future arrival of the more sophisticated filter system they've asked for in a ticket. There is apparently a similar system already available that you can invoke by adding the "tablesorter" class to your table, but of course we can do this with automatically-generated tables from the profile-block system, so our custom option is needed in this context, and it will serve as a model for adding JS to other Cascade contexts when custom features are needed.
Spent all day following these instructions:
In most cases, the simplest approach is to copy stuff over from an existing site (I used French). Sometimes it helps to screenshot the working site and copy settings from it (because you can't have two simultaneous sessions on Cascade in different locations, even with different browsers). I have virtually everything working except for the News and Events page, which is strangely borked, and the unit logo, which I think needs to be done by an official graphics person.
Departmental website maintainers have no easy way to generate a list of course info for their sites. However, somebody does, because pages like this exist. Wrote a script to download this page, patch it to make it well-formed enough to process, and then XSLT it into a couple of different sets of tables suitable for copy/pasting as source code into a departmental site. This is just a pilot, since the main courses will probably not be available in exactly this format, but it seems like a workable approach once we can find a similar way to access content through Banner.
There were none; I've added a default set to all major pages. After the final publish before freezing, we'll see if these have any effect on the search engine rankings for the site, which are not high at the moment.
Received request from DR (H&I) to update site with new photos.
Completed task and published site
This is the plan for History to move to the new templates:
The freeze of the current site will happen on May 9. This has been scheduled by JS, but we should check live publishing is in fact turned off before we start editing.
The site is scheduled to go live again on June 6.
Things to be done before the freeze:
Notes on specific pages from our discussions:
Long and productive meeting with TG and JS today. Details to be laid out tomorrow...
This blog is intended to collect together all that we discover about the Cascade CMS system as we work through the Humanities departmental websites.
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