Author Archives: Ian McBride

About Ian McBride

I'm a web developer at Middlebury.

Sunday morning maintenance September 7, 2014

This Sunday morning between 8 and 10 am ET we will be upgrading the Monterey Institute of International Studies website (http://www.miis.edu) from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7.

The upgrade will take approximately one hour during which the site will not be usable.

There will also be a short period of under one minute during the upgrade when file assets on the other Drupal 7 sites may not be available. These sites include:

  • Davis Fellows for Peace: http://www.davisfellowsforpeace.org
  • Davis Projects for Peace: http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org
  • Davis United World Scholars Program: http://davisuwcscholars.org
  • Middlebury Museum of Art: http://museum.middlebury.edu
  • Secure Forms for Middlebury: https://forms.middlebury.edu
  • Secure Forms for MIIS: https://forms.miis.edu

We do not anticipate any impact on other services.

Sunday morning maintenance May 18, 2014

This Sunday morning between 8 and 10 am we will be upgrading three of our sites from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7. The three sites are:

  • Davis Projects for Peace: http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org
  • Davis United World Scholars: http://www.davisuwcscholars.org
  • Middlebury College Museum of Art: http://museum.middlebury.edu

Each of these sites will experience a period of 10-20 minutes during which it will not be usable.

There will also be a short period of under one minute during each upgrade when file assets on the other Drupal 7 sites may not be available. These sites include:

  • Davis Fellows for Peace: http://www.davisfellowsforpeace.org
  • Secure Forms for Middlebury: https://forms.middlebury.edu
  • Secure Forms for MIIS: https://forms.miis.edu

We do not anticipate any impact on other services.

Google Analytics for Higher Education Workshop on March 3, 2014

I’ll be hosting a workshop to discuss how you can use Google Analytics to get information about and improve the Middlebury website. You can sign up for the workshop on Monday March 3 from 1:30-2:50pm in LIB 105. Registration is limited to 10 persons to ensure there will be adequate time to answer your individual questions.

If you want to attend either session and don’t already have access to Google Analytics, please submit a Helpdesk ticket for “Other Software Issue” so that I can make sure you’re set up prior to the session.

Description: We can give you access to our Google Analytics reports so that you can look at traffic patterns for your website, but in order to get the most from this tool, you’ll need to do a bit of set up work and understand the basics of the platform. If you do not yet have a Google Analytics account, please indicate this in your sign-up.

What we’ll cover: Google Analytics tips & tricks, what number you should care about, search engine optimization, and getting your account set up.

What we won’t cover: Goals, conversions, AdWords, and on page events. If you need help with these, please send a note to helpdesk@middlebury.edu and ask for a one-on-one meeting to discuss Google Analytics.

Format: The workshop will last an hour with additional time for questions and discussion, as needed.

Materials: Available ahead of the workshop at http://go.middlebury.edu/analytics-workshop and hard copies will be made available at the session.

More information about LIS workshops is available at go/lisworkshops.

Friday Links – January 24, 2014

With a tagline like this: “A spectacular historical atlas refashioned for the 21st century” who can resist? Check out the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States presented by the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond to view a digital version of Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright’s atlas that was originally published in 1932.

 

Exciting! Students and staff at University College London serendipitously discovered a type 1a supernova in M82 on January 22. Read about it here!

Supernova in M82, before and after, by  E. Guido, N. Howes, M. Nicolini
Supernova in M82, before and after, by E. Guido, N. Howes, M. Nicolini, January 2014.

If you are very keen, check out the IAU Transient Object Followup Reports.

Research Desk Poetry (and more at the LIS Facebook page):

poem

Is your refrigerator running? Then it might be spamming people.

Google is pulling the plug on guest blogging for increased ranking.

If you put an email address in a Google Calendar event’s title, that person will get a reminder of the event, even if you don’t share it with them. This is “expected behavior” according to Google.

Friday Links – January 17, 2014

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine) becomes … STEAM?

Pew Internet & American Life Project reports on escalating use of e-books. “The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions.”

Yale Students made a better version of its Course Catalog. Then Yale shut it down.

The Wikimedia Foundation’s multimedia team seeks community guidance on whether or not to support the MP4 video file format on Wikimedia projects.

MapGive – Open Mapping from the US State Department.

The latest version of Chrome will tell you which browser tabs are playing sound or using your webcam.

Adobe Adds 3D Printing Tools to Photoshop – Before 3D printers crank out objects, a user needs digital model — either one they create or download from the Internet. Once you’ve got one, though, you’ll need software that supports 3D imagery if you want to edit it. As of today, Photoshop users can design, edit and customize those 3D models similar to how you might adjust a 2D picture within the app.

10 things I DON’T miss about old technology – The good old days of 1980s technology weren’t always good. Read about 10 things few (if any) people will miss about that era.

Watch/ Read: Governor Shumlin’s 2014 Governor’s Budget Address – Delivered by Governor Peter Shumlin to the Vermont Legislature on January 15, 2014

2013 Web Analytics Round-up

Traffic

2013 Sites Visits Unique Visits 2012 Sites Visits Unique Visits
www 5,005,379 2,459,697 www 5,311,133 2,684,836
sites 527,495 419,383 blogs 715,065 576,785
menus 318,496 162,093 menus 291,136 168,766
mediawiki 269,393 246,180 moodle 268,474 196,786
courses 163,478 123,738 mediawiki 185,941 171,948
portal 160,588 113,471 courses 181,851 173,831
catalog 147,070 131,084 web 134,610 122,273
blogs 126,327 101,128 biblio 134,123 114,156
biblio 121,510 102,001 segue 129,058 120,390
web 121,480 111,845 catalog 123,604 112,273

Top Pages

2013 Pages Pageviews 2012 Pages Pageviews
www/ 2,753,566 www/ 3,328,569
menus/ 326,414 www/athletics 362,922
www/academics 266,563 menus/ 313,441
www/athletics 264,816 www/academics 279,350
www/admissions 207,816 www/admissions 249,935
portal/home 200,298 moodle/ 220,779
courses/dashboard 170,342 web/database/directory/Default.aspx 181,656
www/academics/lib 163,659 web/database/directory 179,967
web/database/directory/Default.aspx 154,175 courses/dashboard 160,747
www/athletics/sports 152,610 www/athletics/sports 159,318

Search Terms

2013 Terms Searches 2012 Terms Searches
Search Midd 6,779 Search Midd 8,874
academic calendar 3,129 academic calendar 3,139
moodle 1,837 mojo 2,325
mojo 1,673 course hub 1,724
menu 1,147 dalai lama 1,304
course hub 1,123 blogs.middlebury.edu 1,210
middfiles 971 banner web 1,111
schedule planner 912 menu 1,067
sites.middlebury.edu 796 schedule planner 571
banner web 723 floor plans 532

Browsers

Browsers 2013 % Used 2012 % Used
Safari 35.42%% 35.87%
* Desktop Safari 23.56% 28.72%
* Mobile Safari 11.00% 6.97%
* Safari (in-app) 0.86% 0.18%
Chrome 25.33% 19.43%
Internet Explorer 17.98% 21.33%
* IE 11 0.09% 0%
* IE 10 2.71% 0.03%
* IE 9 3.80% 5.89%
* IE 8 9.33% 11.69%
* IE 7 1.97% 3.54%
* IE 6 0.07% 0.18%
Firefox 17.80% 21.25%
Android Browser 1.17% 1.02%

Platforms

Platforms 2013 % Used 2012 % Used
Windows 42.43% 45.60%
Macintosh 41.85% 44.77%
iOS 12.48% 7.59%
Android 1.82% 1.11%
Linux 0.37% 0.39%
Blackberry 0.10% 0.19%
Windows Phone 0.07% 0.03%

December 2013 Web Stats

For trend comparison, the previous month’s statistics are included in parentheses.

Traffic

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 352,885 (448,980) visits from 204,353 (260,230) people
  2. sites.middlebury.edu: 40,595 (67,394) visits from 34,798 (56,212) people
  3. mediawiki.middlebury.edu: 20,399 (21,648) visits from 19,207 (20,454) people
  4. menus.middlebury.edu: 19,311 (35,255) visits from 7,884 (19,571) people
  5. portal.middlebury.edu: 9,462 (12,424) visits from 5,118 (7,069) people
  6. biblio.middlebury.edu: 7,819 (12,768) visits from 6,083 (10,206) people
  7. web.middlebury.edu*: 6,700 (10,729) visits from 6,145 (10,094) people
  8. courses.middlebury.edu: 6,471 (15,181) visits from 4,852 (12,254) people
  9. catalog.middlebury.edu: 4,905 (36,063) visits from 4,643 (28,608) people
  10. facstaff.middlebury.edu: 3,803 (4,356) visits from 3,262 (3,817) people

* Note: The Online Directory was moved from web.middlebury.edu to directory.middlebury.edu on December 19.

Top Pages

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 178,969 (215,158) pageviews
  2. menus.middlebury.edu: 22,618 (36,457) pageviews
  3. www.middlebury.edu/academics: 19,854 (25,351) pageviews
  4. www.middlebury.edu/athletics: 19,378 (37,042) pageviews
  5. www.middlebury.edu/admissions: 19,032 (15,889) pageviews
  6. www.middlebury.edu/admissions/apply: 13,359 (8,793) pageviews
  7. www.middlebury.edu/academics/lib: 12,819 (20,709) pageviews
  8. portal.middlebury.edu/home: 12,346 (15,930) pageviews
  9. www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports: 10,951 (20,147) pageviews
  10. www.middlebury.edu/ls: 8,549 (7,939) pageviews

Search Terms

  1. Search Midd: 378 (438)
  2. academic calendar: 237 (259)
  3. middfiles: 180 (313)
  4. mojo: 150 (80)
  5. moodle: 125 (243)
  6. menu: 70 (103)
  7. sites.middlebury.edu: 64 (109)
  8. webcam: 53 (51)
  9. interview: 50 (48)
  10. jobs: 46 (77)

Browsers

  • Safari: 33.09% (34.73%)
    • Desktop Safari: 18.79% (20.70%)
    • Mobile Safari: 13.24% (13.07%)
    • Safari (in-app): 1.06% (0.96%)
  • Chrome: 30.51% (30.90%)
  • Firefox: 16.98% (16.70%)
  • Internet Explorer: 15.27% (15.24%)
    • IE8: 7.72% (7.55%)
    • IE10: 2.36% (4.04%)
    • IE9: 2.17% (2.05%)
    • IE7: 1.67% (1.56%)
    • IE11: 1.31%*
    • IE6: 0.04% (0.03%)
  • Android Browser: 1.29% (1.11%)

* Note: This is the first month that Google Analytics has been able to identify IE11 traffic, starting on December 17.

Platforms

  • Windows: 43.39% (39.81%)
  • Macintosh: 37.92% (42.35%)
  • iOS: 15.04% (14.84%)
  • Android: 2.58% (2.16%)
  • Linux: 0.38% (0.35%)
  • BlackBerry: 0.09% (0.09%)
  • Windows Phone: 0.09% (0.09%)

WordPress Upgraded to version 3.8

I’ve applied the latest update to our WordPress platforms sites.middlebury.edu and sites.miis.edu. This update includes three major new features:

  • An updated administration interface with improved mobile device support.
  • A click-to-add widget administration interface.
  • The new Twenty Fourteen magazine-style theme.

Here’s a short video covering the changes.

More information about this update can be found on WordPress.org including a full list of the changes to the platform.