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President’s Site

February 28th, 2012 by Erick Beck

I am happy to announce that we have published an updated version of President Loftin’s website. This brings the president’s site more into line with the university branding initiative, and allowed us to begin implementing new methods of developing websites.

The first thing we did was to move it out of WordPress and into our Cascasde Content Management System. This allowed us to be more flexible in content creation and delivery.

Under the hood, this is the first site that we have published using the “mobile first” philosophy of incorporating reactive (or adaptive) design. The page will scale down and be as accessible on mobile devices as it is on the desktop. We also did this when we published www.tamu.edu, but there the mobile view was build as an override of the traditional page view rather than as the default view. The mobile first method is actually much easier and produces a better experience since it is not an after-the-fact addon.

The code is also all HTML5. Learning and incorporating both of these new technologies slowed us down a little bit, but they will form the basis of all of our web publication in the future.

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2 Comments to President’s Site

  1. There’s a slight issue with the site in Chrome, Firefox (works fine in IE). When you mouse over the search text box, you don’t get the option to enter text until you’re about a fourth of the way over the box. Try clicking at the beginning of the text box, and you can’t give the box the focus.

  2. Tracy Persky on February 28th, 2012
  3. Interesting, it doesn’t show up on my version of Chrome. But I to remember seeing this same thing earlier in developing the site so I know what the cause is and can adjust it some more. Thanks for pointing it out (and for taking the time to look over the site in the first place!)

  4. Erick on February 28th, 2012

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