By: Greg Lindberg, IT Specialist
Later this year we will be moving to a new system, Cascade, for posting articles and events to county websites Cascade will add more flexibility in the creating and editing of articles and events, and the county and state Extension websites will also have a new look and feel.
Current articles and upcoming events will be moved into Cascade, accessible on the new website. The user rights will be the same in Cascade, meaning you can only update content for your county. The ability to share articles with other counties will continue to be a feature, too.
Lily Morrissey, Jenny Clark, and I have been working closely with AgComm on a smooth transition, and soon you will hear more about training in Cascade and specific dates as to when the full migration will occur. You should see an email from AgComm soon asking to share any county social media links and office address information.
For now, continue to use the Depot as normal. After the migration, the Extension Depot will be deactivated. If you have any questions about the upcoming system migration please post them in the comments below.
This week we have continued to recreate the most recent Extension news, stories, and calendar events using our new content management system. The process of building these pages in Cascade compared to our current system is so much easier and has us excited to share the new system with users in the near future.
We will be scheduling training with Extension users later in April and look forward to making progress to schedule training for the College this summer.
- Image Dimensions – Choosing the right size for web images can be a delicate balance. If your resolution is too low, the image looks grainy. If your image is too large, it takes longer to load and negatively affects your SEO. Google’s research team found that increasing a page’s load time from one second to five makes visitors 90% more likely to leave.
The good news is we have been able to facilitate decision-making through our templates. When you add images to predefined spaces in Cascade, you will see recommended image dimensions. Additional details on image resizing will be provided in future issues of Site Insight.
(An example of recommended image sizes from our template)
Don’t forget, there is a library of photos available to you at https://agcomm.photoshelter.com/index. And if you have need of professional photography, we can connect you with the College’s photographer, Tom Campbell.
You can use the following link to submit questions about the web migration. Also, feel free to include any suggestions for terms you would like us to define in the glossary. We will include answers in next week’s Site Insight.
Q: My computer uses two different monitors and I’ve noticed web pages look different depending on which one I’m using. What screen size will our new site be made for?
A: The differences between two computer monitors can be quite noticeable. Even two monitors that are exactly the same can display a page differently based on their settings. Because people browse the internet on desktop computers, laptops, tablets and phones, our site uses a responsive design.
This means pages made with our templates check the screen resolution being used and arrange the graphics and text to fit. This allows for options when creating pages like uploading a standard and mobile version of the same image. Pages viewed on different devices will maintain the correct look and feel. We will dive deeper into this topic as the migration progresses, but to summarize, our site is designed to be as inclusive, adaptable and efficient as possible.
Ag Comm has developed a Cascade User Guide to review and refer back to when working in Cascade.This user guide provides links to getting started within Cascade, training materials, frequently asked questions, the style guide, and web resources.