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WordPress Upgraded to version 3.8

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

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.

Friday Links – December 6, 2013

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

Query a Google Spreadsheet like a Database, with SQL

Evolution of the Web

Falsehoods programmers believe about Geography

New versions of Chrome will open PDFs by default, bypassing Adobe Reader

November 2013 Social Media Stats

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

The following stats refer to activity on the Middlebury College Facebook page, the Middlebury College Twitter account, and share buttons on the main Middlebury College website. For trend comparison, the previous month’s statistics are included in parentheses, where appropriate.

Facebook Insights

  • 159 (247) new people liked our Page, while 42 (33) people unliked our Page.
  • 864 (1535) unique people shared stories about our page. These stories include liking our Page, posting to our Page’s Wall, liking, commenting on or sharing one of our Page posts, answering a Question we posted, RSVPing to one of our events, mentioning our Page, phototagging our Page or checking in at our Place. [Daily People Talking About This]
  • 16354 (71173) unique people saw one of the items shared in that way. [Daily Viral Reach]
  • 58028 (128053) unique people saw content associated with our Page. [Daily Total Reach]

Top Five Facebook Posts

“Reach” is the number of people who saw the post. “Engagement” is the number of people who clicked on the post.

  1. Photos and story from Homecoming ’13! Reach: 7136, Engagement: 634
  2. Three NESCAC championships in one weekend! Congratulations to Panther field hockey, football, and women’s soccer. Women’s Cross Country won their title a couple of weeks ago. Full coverage here: http://www.middlebury.edu/athletics/ Reach: 6108, Engagement: 421
  3. College Value Rankings Reach: 5836, Engagement: 1025
  4. Middlebury in DC Comes to Washington Reach: 5420, Engagement: 451
  5. U.S. Women’s Hockey Team defeated Finland 5-1 in Kenyon Arena today, then stuck around to sign autographs for the big crowd of Middlebury kids who came to see them play.. Reach: 4710, Engagement: 325

ShareThis

ShareThis is a service that tracks the clicks on the sharing buttons on our website. These buttons are shown on news postings, which are primarily found in the News RoomArtsSustainability, and Athletics sections of the site.

Shares By Channel

  • Facebook: 86 (68) Shares, 6447 (3122) Clicks
  • Email: 49 (40) Shares, 343 (254) Clicks
  • Twitter: 32 (20) Shares, 692 (521) Clicks
  • LinkedIn: 8 (7) Shares, 10 (0) Clicks
  • Google+: 2 (0) Shares, 0 (0) Clicks

Data Sets

November 2013 Web Stats

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

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

Traffic

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 448,980 (445,731) visits from 260,230 (260,788) people
  2. sites.middlebury.edu: 67,394 (69,936) visits from 56,212 (57,364) people
  3. catalog.middlebury.edu: 36,063 (11,159) visits from 28,608 (9,978) people
  4. menus.middlebury.edu: 35,255 (37,825) visits from 19,571 (19,595) people
  5. mediawiki.middlebury.edu: 21,648 (27,336) visits from 20,454 (25,518) people
  6. courses.middlebury.edu: 15,181 (18,020) visits from 12,254 (13,426) people
  7. biblio.middlebury.edu: 12,768 (12,307) visits from 10,206 (11,285) people
  8. portal.middlebury.edu: 12,424 (14,340) visits from 7,069 (8,227) people
  9. web.middlebury.edu: 10,729 (12,307) visits from 10,094 (11,285) people
  10. eres.middlebury.edu: 6,993 (9,869) visits from 5,883 (8,054) people

Top Pages

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 215,158 (227,130) pageviews
  2. catalog.middlebury.edu/schedules/index/catalog/catalog/MCUG/term/term/201420: 85,548 (9,481) pageviews
  3. www.middlebury.edu/athletics: 37,042 (28,629) pageviews
  4. menus.middlebury.edu: 36,457 (37,906) pageviews
  5. www.middlebury.edu/academics: 25,351 (26,568) pageviews
  6. www.middlebury.edu/academics/lib: 20,709 (22,927) pageviews
  7. www.middlebury.edu/academics/resources/scheduling: 20,633 (5,954) pageviews
  8. www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports: 20,147 (16,412) pageviews
  9. portal.middlebury.edu/home: 15,930 (18,780) pageviews
  10. www.middlebury.edu/admissions: 15,889 (21,047) pageviews

Search Terms

  1. Search Midd: 438 (540)
  2. middfiles: 313 (300)
  3. schedule planner: 292 (27)
  4. academic calendar: 259 (321)
  5. moodle: 243 (354)
  6. my schedule planner: 134 (16)
  7. distribution requirements: 130 (37)
  8. sites.middlebury.edu: 109 (121)
  9. menu: 103 (134)
  10. registration: 95 (36)

Browsers

  • Safari: 34.73% (33.65%)
    • Desktop Safari: 20.70% (19.49%)
    • Mobile Safari: 13.07% (13.11%)
    • Safari (in-app): 0.96% (1.05%)
  • Chrome: 30.90% (29.14%)
  • Firefox: 16.70% (17.51%)
  • Internet Explorer: 15.24% (17.61%)*
    • IE8: 7.55% (8.74%)
    • IE10: 4.04% (4.56%)
    • IE9: 2.05% (2.42%)
    • IE7: 1.56% (1.85%)
    • IE6: 0.03% (0.03%)
  • Android Browser: 1.11% (1.09%)

* Note: Google Analytics is currently unable to identify traffic from IE 11.

Platforms

  • Macintosh: 42.35% (39.22%)
  • Windows: 39.81% (42.61%)
  • iOS: 14.84% (15.00%)
  • Android: 2.16% (2.06%)
  • Linux: 0.35% (0.38%)
  • BlackBerry: 0.09% (0.08%)
  • Windows Phone: 0.09% (0.08%)

October 2013 Social Media Stats

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

The following stats refer to activity on the Middlebury College Facebook page, the Middlebury College Twitter account, and share buttons on the main Middlebury College website. For trend comparison, the previous month’s statistics are included in parentheses, where appropriate.

Facebook Insights

  • 247 (247) new people liked our Page, while 33 (31) people unliked our Page.
  • 1535 (1190) unique people shared stories about our page. These stories include liking our Page, posting to our Page’s Wall, liking, commenting on or sharing one of our Page posts, answering a Question we posted, RSVPing to one of our events, mentioning our Page, phototagging our Page or checking in at our Place. [Daily People Talking About This]
  • 71173 (41464) unique people saw one of the items shared in that way. [Daily Viral Reach]
  • 128053 (95009) unique people saw content associated with our Page. [Daily Total Reach]

Top Five Facebook Posts

“Reach” is the number of people who saw the post. “Engagement” is the number of people who clicked on the post.

  1. Spectacular aerial footage of the Middlebury campus during foliage season. Reach: 18536, Engagement: 1180
  2. Check out some of the beautiful photos from Fall Family Weekend. Reach: 7216, Engagement: 732
  3. Nice story in L.A. Times about Team Middlebury College Solar Decathlon 2013. Reach: 7096, Engagement: 515
  4. Team Middlebury College Solar Decathlon 2013 is in first place for the People’s Choice Award! There’s still time to vote: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/pca/pca_register.php Reach: 6552, Engagement: 416
  5. Photos and story from Homecoming ’13!. Reach: 6312, Engagement: 618

ShareThis

ShareThis is a service that tracks the clicks on the sharing buttons on our website. These buttons are shown on news postings, which are primarily found in the News RoomArtsSustainability, and Athleticssections of the site.

Shares By Channel

  • Facebook: 68 (6) Shares, 3122 (125) Clicks
  • Email: 40 (5) Shares, 254 (258) Clicks
  • Twitter: 20 (1) Shares, 521 (21) Clicks
  • LinkedIn: 7 (0) Shares, 0 (0) Clicks

Data Sets

October 2013 Web Stats

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

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

Traffic

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 445,731 (321,114) visits from 260,788 (187,648) people
  2. sites.middlebury.edu: 69,936 (56,713) visits from 57,364 (45,003) people
  3. menus.middlebury.edu: 37,825 (29,971) visits from 19,595 (14,102) people
  4. mediawiki.middlebury.edu: 27,336 (28,841) visits from 25,518 (27,042) people
  5. courses.middlebury.edu: 18,020 (23,137) visits from 13,426 (18,402) people
  6. portal.middlebury.edu: 14,340 (14,653) visits from 8,227 (8,903) people
  7. biblio.middlebury.edu: 12,307 (11,127) visits from 11,285 (8,706) people
  8. web.middlebury.edu: 12,307 (13,612) visits from 11,285 (11,477) people
  9. catalog.middlebury.edu: 11,159 (23,137) visits from 9,978 (19,717) people
  10. eres.middlebury.edu: 9,869 (11,107) visits from 8,054 (9,264) people

Top Pages

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 227,130 (175,965) pageviews
  2. menus.middlebury.edu: 37,906 (30,652) pageviews
  3. www.middlebury.edu/athletics: 28,629 (15,983) pageviews
  4. www.middlebury.edu/academics: 26,568 (20,444) pageviews
  5. www.middlebury.edu/academics/lib: 22,927 (12,229) pageviews
  6. www.middlebury.edu/admissions: 21,047 (12,220) pageviews
  7. courses.middlebury.edu/dashboard: 20,324 (25,256) pageviews
  8. portal.middlebury.edu/home: 18,780 (19,543) pageviews
  9. www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports: 16,412 (14,204) pageviews
  10. web.middlebury.edu/database/directory/Default.aspx: 16,412 (19,438) pageviews

Search Terms

  1. Search Midd: 540 (391)
  2. moodle: 354 (221)
  3. academic calendar: 321 (215)
  4. middfiles: 300 (42)
  5. mojo: 177 (93)
  6. homecoming: 157 (34)
  7. menu 134 (77)
  8. sites.middlebury.edu: 121 (90)
  9. jobs: 111 (29)
  10. fall family weekend: 102 (42)

Browsers

  • Safari: 33.65% (36.68%)
    • Desktop Safari: 19.49% (25.04%)
    • Mobile Safari: 13.11% (11.57%)
    • Safari (in-app): 1.05% (1.04%)
  • Chrome: 29.14% (28.00%)
  • Internet Explorer: 17.61% (15.54%)*
    • IE8: 8.74% (7.69%)
    • IE10: 4.56% (4.08%)
    • IE9: 2.42% (2.08%)
    • IE7: 1.85% (1.65%)
    • IE6: 0.03% (0.04%)
  • Firefox: 17.51% (16.68%)
  • Android Browser: 1.09% (1.03%)

* Note: Google Analytics is currently unable to identify traffic from IE 11.

Platforms

  • Windows: 42.61% (39.02%)
  • Macintosh: 39.22% (44.46%)
  • iOS: 15.00% (13.50%)
  • Android: 2.06% (1.87%)
  • Linux: 0.38% (0.32%)
  • BlackBerry: 0.08% (0.08%)
  • Windows Phone: 0.08% (0.07%)

Friday Links – Novmeber 1, 2013

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

The Middlebury Campus has a feature on Special Collections in this week’s issue.

WordPress 3.8 Dashboard and Admin Interface designs. We’re currently on 3.7 and the 3.8 release is targeted for December. Follow along with WordPress core development updates.

Firefox 25 released.

The PewInternet 2013 Photo & Video survey shows 43% of 18-29 year old cellphone owners use Instagram.

A Look into Facebook’s Potential to Recognize any Face.

Something scary for the day after Hallowe’en? “Silicon Valley’s ‘hit list,’ [Srinivasan] argued, had already knocked off newspapers and the music industry. Next up: ‘We’re going after advertising, television, book publishing.’ Higher education ‘is next in the gunsights.’ “