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July 2013 Web Stats

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

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

Traffic

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 371,746 (333,036) visits from 198,853 (180,556) people
  2. sites.middlebury.edu: 48,060 (36,597) visits from 36,711 (30,979) people
  3. portal.middlebury.edu: 26,964 (6,356) visits from 19,929 (4,643) people
  4. mediawiki.middlebury.edu: 22,004 (19,943) visits from 20,619 (18,762) people
  5. courses.middlebury.edu: 13,779 (3,553) visits from 9,633 (3,023) people
  6. biblio.middlebury.edu: 10,087 (5,229) visits from 8,759 (4,182) people
  7. web.middlebury.edu: 8,763 (7,803) visits from 8,431 (7,551) people
  8. students.middlebury.edu: 7,045 (4,721) visits from 5,647 (3,493) people
  9. menus.middlebury.edu: 6,270 visits from 4,259 people
  10. catalog.middlebury.edu: 5,878 (5,559) visits from 5,691 (5,227) people

Top Pages

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 234,814 (202,738) pageviews
  2. portal.middlebury.edu/home: 33,831 (8,119) pageviews
  3. www.middlebury.edu/academics: 20,088 (17,404) pageviews
  4. www.middlebury.edu/admissions: 15,897 (12,802) pageviews
  5. courses.middlebury.edu/dashboard: 15,266 (2,930) pageviews
  6. www.middlebury.edu/academics/lib: 14,544 (6,961) pageviews
  7. courses.middlebury.edu: 14,069 (3,613) pageviews
  8. www.middlebury.edu/athletics: 10,719 (11,507) pageviews
  9. web.middlebury.edu/database/directory/Default.aspx: 10,571 (8,421) pageviews
  10. www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports: 8,329 (7,700) pageviews

Search Terms

  1. Search Midd: 545 (492)
  2. course hub: 395 (44)
  3. academic calendar: 249 (151)
  4. go/hub: 248 (24)
  5. moodle: 181 (32)
  6. go/moodle: 141 (8)
  7. go/mail: 95 (25)
  8. go hub: 83 (24)
  9. go/papercut: 77 (8)
  10. ian cameron: 75 (0)

Browsers

  • Safari: 32.47% (33.20%)
    • Desktop Safari: 23.04% (23.12%)
    • Mobile Safari: 9.43% (10.08%)
  • Chrome: 22.49% (23.16%)
  • Internet Explorer: 22.00% (21.28%)
    • IE8: 12.57% (10.77%)
    • IE10: 4.63% (4.45%)
    • IE9: 2.59% (3.67%)
    • IE7: 2.14% (2.27%)
    • IE6: 0.06% (0.10%)
  • Firefox: 19.34% (18.80%)
  • Android Browser: 1.15% (1.24%)

Platforms

  • Windows: 47.90% (47.79%)
  • Macintosh: 38.19% (37.96%)
  • iOS: 10.37% (10.92%)
  • Android: 1.85% (1.88%)
  • Linux: 0.34% (0.44%)
  • BlackBerry: 0.08% (0.09%)
  • Windows Phone: 0.05% (0.06%)

July 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

  • 148 (179) new people liked our Page, while 33 (44) people unliked our Page.
  • 499 (932) 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]
  • 17370 (29230) unique people saw one of the items shared in that way. [Daily Viral Reach]
  • 49731 (69940) 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. Beautiful Middlebury campus footage at mid-summer, captured by Communications Office graduate intern Matt Lennon ’13.. Reach: 6808, Engagement: 436
  2. What did General Lee see (or, more significantly, NOT see) at Gettysburg? Prof. Anne Knowles tells the Associated Press how GIS mapping is giving new insight into the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. . Reach: 5710, Engagement: 139
  3. Watch Middlebury’s past and present converge in this fun short video produced by Brendan Mahoney ’11. It’s the college’s “Thank You” for donors to the Annual Fund.. Reach: 5684, Engagement: 272
  4. Countdown to 58%! If Middlebury reaches 58 percent alumni participation by June 30, a generous donor will give $58,000 for financial aid. http://www.middlebury.edu/giving/ Reach: 5632, Engagement: 102
  5. Middlebury’s PTP/NYC Season Opener Off Broadway. Reach: 5148, Engagement: 186

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: 37 (27) Shares, 990 (2201) Clicks
  • Twitter: 20 (15) Shares, 166 (376) Clicks
  • LinkedIn: 4 (0) Shares, 1 (0) Clicks
  • Google+: 2 (0) Shares, 0 (0) Clicks
  • Google Reader: 1 (0) Shares), 0 (0) Clicks
  • Email: 0 (18) Shares, 569 (226) Clicks

Data Sets

June 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

  • 179 (171) new people liked our Page, while 44 (61) people unliked our Page.
  • 932 (802) 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]
  • 29230 (30180) unique people saw one of the items shared in that way. [Daily Viral Reach]
  • 69940 (80169) 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. Jonathan Safran Foer’s Middlebury Commencement speech was adapted into a New York Times opinion piece. Reach: 9744, Engagement: 697
  2. Congratulations to the Middlebury class of 2013. Welcome to the alumni family! http://www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/events/commencement/congrats2013. Reach: 8548, Engagement: 388
  3. Bike til it hertz: College kids spin out campus electricity. Reach: 8164, Engagement: 395
  4. Middlebury to Launch School of the Environment in 2014 Reach: 7496, Engagement: 539
  5. In case you missed it, here’s a video of author Jonathan Safran Foer’s amazing commencement speech. Reach: 6952, Engagement: 317

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: 27 (62) Shares, 2201 (4463) Clicks
  • Email: 18 (36) Shares, 226 (370) Clicks
  • Twitter: 15 (42) Shares, 376 (614) Clicks

Data Sets

June 2013 Web Stats

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

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

Traffic

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 333,036 (419,244) visits from 180,556 (224,678) people
  2. sites.middlebury.edu: 36,597 (49,502) visits from 30,979 (40,886) people
  3. mediawiki.middlebury.edu: 19,943 (19,997) visits from 18,762 (18,693) people
  4. web.middlebury.edu: 7,803 (10,247) visits from 7,551 (9,530) people
  5. portal.middlebury.edu: 6,356 (13,620) visits from 4,643 (10,243) people
  6. catalog.middlebury.edu 5,559 (5,375) visits from 5,227 (5,145) people
  7. biblio.middlebury.edu: 5,229 (10,421) visits from 4,182 (8,640) people
  8. students.middlebury.edu: 4,721 (4,712) visits from 3,493 (3,638) people
  9. facstaff.middlebury.edu: 4,266 (4,944) visits from 3,729 (4,256) people
  10. museum.middlebury.edu: 3,702 (3,177) visits from 3,273 (3,046) people

Top Pages

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 202,738 (234,755) pageviews
  2. www.middlebury.edu/academics: 17,404 (18,381) pageviews
  3. www.middlebury.edu/admissions: 12,802 (12,482) pageviews
  4. www.middlebury.edu/athletics: 11,507 (23,533) pageviews
  5. www.middlebury.edu/alumni/reunion: 8,524 pageviews
  6. web.middlebury.edu/database/directory/Default.aspx: 8,421 (14,103) pageviews
  7. portal.middlebury.edu/home: 8,119 (15,766) pageviews
  8. www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports: 7,700 (10,141) pageviews
  9. www.middlebury.edu/about: 7,597 (8,077) pageviews
  10. www.middlebury.edu/ls: 7,251 (7,595) pageviews

Search Terms

  1. Search Midd: 492 (577)
  2. academic calendar: 151 (166)
  3. banner web: 85 (80)
  4. mojo: 77 (68)
  5. sites.middlebury.edu: 72 (74)
  6. email: 58 (35)
  7. first year seminar: 45 (16)
  8. course hub: 44 (91)
  9. visit: 44 (22)
  10. health forms: 39 (7)

Browsers

  • Safari: 33.20% (36.71%)
  • Chrome: 23.16% (23.00%)
  • Internet Explorer: 21.28% (18.91%)
    • IE8: 10.77% (9.99%)
    • IE10: 4.45% (2.72%)
    • IE9: 3.67% (4.03%)
    • IE7: 2.27% (2.07%)
    • IE6: 0.10% (0.11%)
  • Firefox: 18.80% (17.67%)
  • Android Browser: 1.24% (1.19%)

Platforms

  • Windows: 47.79% (42.35%)
  • Macintosh: 37.96% (42.49%)
  • iOS: 10.92% (11.83%)
  • Android: 1.88% (1.69%)
  • Linux: 0.44% (0.38%)
  • BlackBerry: 0.09% (0.12%)
  • Windows Phone: 0.06% (0.07%)

May 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

  • 171 (232) new people liked our Page, while 61 (54) people unliked our Page.
  • 802 (1032) 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]
  • 30180 (33979) unique people saw one of the items shared in that way. [Daily Viral Reach]
  • 80169 (74593) 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. Do you know a Midd alum in the food business? Tell us about farmers, chefs, bakers, brewers, vintners, and entrepreneurs for our upcoming food issue of Middlebury Magazine.. Reach: 9804, Engagement: 395
  2. Midd alum Andrew Forsthoefel ’11 walked across the U.S. from Philadelphia to California. His story was just featured on NPR’s “This American Life.”. Reach: 9152, Engagement: 473
  3. Midd’s Pranksters win D-III national title for Ultimate Frisbee!. Reach: 8804, Engagement: 597
  4. Congratulations to the Middlebury class of 2013. Welcome to the alumni family! http://www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/events/commencement/congrats2013 Reach: 6996, Engagement: 383
  5. MIDDLEBURY, VT – Middlebury College’s 2010 Commencement ceremony on the main quad of campus. (Photo © 2010 Brett Simison) Brett Simison www.brettsimison.com. Reach: 6444, Engagement: 280

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: 62 (42) Shares, 4463 (3461) Clicks
  • Twitter: 42 (29) Shares, 614 (366) Clicks
  • Email: 36 (48) Shares, 370 (326) Clicks
  • LinkedIn: 9 (5) Shares, 4 (0) Clicks

Top Five Shared Pages

  1. Student Panelists Offer Diverse Perspectives on Divestment. Shares: 11, Clicks 174
  2. Middlebury College Statement on Natural Gas Pipeline. Shares: 10, Clicks 54
  3. Jonathan Safran Foer to deliver Middlebury College commencement address. Shares: 7, Clicks 14
  4. Class of 2013 Celebrates Commencement. Shares: 6, Clicks 130
  5. Men’s Lacrosse Knocked Off In NESCAC Tourney. Shares: 6, Clicks 9

Data Sets

May 2013 Web Stats

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

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

Traffic

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 419,244 (477,603) visits from 224,678 (262,735) people
  2. sites.middlebury.edu: 49,502 (61,992) visits from 40,886 (50,683) people
  3. menus.middlebury.edu: 31,735 (44,602) visits from 16,354 (23,930) people
  4. mediawiki.middlebury.edu: 19,997 (19,982) visits from 18,693 (18,849) people
  5. portal.middlebury.edu: 13,620 (18,434) visits from 10,243 (13,886) people
  6. courses.middlebury.edu: 12,217 (22,032) visits from 8,727 (16,569) people
  7. web.middlebury.edu: 10,247 (12,910) visits from 9,530 (11,965) people
  8. biblio.middlebury.edu: 10,421 (12,485) visits from 8,640 (10,676) people
  9. eres.middlebury.edu: 6,842 (11,465) visits from 5,261 (9,944) people
  10. catalog.middlebury.edu 5,375 (23,923) visits from 5,145 (21,025) people

Top Pages

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 234,755 (255,909) pageviews
  2. menus.middlebury.edu: 32,427 (45,486) pageviews
  3. www.middlebury.edu/athletics: 23,533 (31,097) pageviews
  4. www.middlebury.edu/academics: 18,381 (25,502) pageviews
  5. portal.middlebury.edu/home: 15,766 (21,443) pageviews
  6. web.middlebury.edu/database/directory/Default.aspx: 14,103 (17,156) pageviews
  7. www.middlebury.edu/admissions: 12,482 (16,541) pageviews
  8. courses.middlebury.edu: 11,569 (18,973) pageviews
  9. www.middlebury.edu/academics/lib: 10,802 (13,458) pageviews
  10. www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/events/commencement: 10,225 (1,422) pageviews

Search Terms

  1. Search Midd: 577 (576)
  2. academic calendar: 166 (255)
  3. graduation: 106 (42)
  4. course hub: 91 (143)
  5. menu: 87 (137)
  6. banner web: 80 (50)
  7. sites.middlebury.edu: 74 (71)
  8. mojo: 68 (106)
  9. moodle: 56 (123)
  10. phi beta kappa: 53 (12)

Browsers

  • Safari: 36.71% (37.25%)
  • Chrome: 23.00% (24.30%)
  • Internet Explorer: 18.91% (16.83%)
    • IE8: 9.99% (9.12%)
    • IE9: 4.03% (4.18%)
    • IE10: 2.72% (1.53%)
    • IE7: 2.07% (1.92%)
    • IE6: 0.11% (0.09%)
  • Firefox: 17.67% (17.12%)
  • Android Browser: 1.19% (1.13%)

Platforms

  • Macintosh: 42.49% (45.28%)
  • Windows: 42.35% (39.14%)
  • iOS: 11.83% (11.15%)
  • Android: 1.69% (1.51%)
  • Linux: 0.38% (0.37%)
  • BlackBerry: 0.12% (0.10%)
  • Windows Phone: 0.07% (0.07%)

DrupalCon 2013 Portland

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

We have exciting news to report from Portland: Drupal 8 looks very interesting. Many of the features of the new version have been agreed on at this point and they are expected to freeze the code in July, spending the rest of the year fixing bugs and polishing it so that a stable version of the application can be released in 2014. This is discussed in the Keynote from Dries, the creator of Drupal.

Drupal 8 is scheduled to go into “code freeze” in July with a stable release expected in 2014. There will be significant development work to move our sites onto Drupal 8 because of big changes that have been made in the configuration, block, and templating systems. We’ll discuss this in more detail at an upcoming “Deep Dive” meeting.

The Present and Future of Content Management

Part of the debate about the future of Drupal is whether or not it will be a Content Management System, an application for organizing atomic units of content and metadata, or a Web Presentation Framework, a system for displaying web pages. To be clear: we use Drupal very much in the latter sense. But with the rise of browsing on phones, tablets, digital signage, glasses, watches, etc. positioning items in a WYSIWYG editor is a waste of time. Responsive design is part of the solution, but we also need to rethink how we are authoring content for the web.

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Drupal 8 is scheduled to go into “code freeze” in July with a stable release expected in 2014. There will be significant development work to move our sites onto Drupal 8 because of big changes that have been made in the configuration, block, and templating systems. We’ll discuss this in more detail at an upcoming “Deep Dive” meeting.

The Present and Future of Content Management

Part of the debate about the future of Drupal is whether or not it will be a Content Management System, an application for organizing atomic units of content and metadata, or a Web Presentation Framework, a system for displaying web pages. To be clear: we use Drupal very much in the latter sense. But with the rise of browsing on phones, tablets, digital signage, glasses, watches, etc. positioning items in a WYSIWYG editor is a waste of time. Responsive design is part of the solution, but we also need to rethink how we are authoring content for the web.

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What does this mean for the content management system, for Drupal? Well, fortunately for Drupal is is quite good at content with a lot of discrete fields. There is an argument that the core development for the platform should focus on improving that strength so that Drupal can expand to be a great content management system that meets a wide variety of needs. If a web presentation layer is built on top of that, like we and Amherst have done with Monster Menus, that’s great if it meets our needs, but it may not make sense to have that as a priority for the underlying application.

Videos for all of the sessions are available on the conference website. We’ll be happy to (try to) answer any questions you might have about Drupal in the comments.

Drupal 7 Upgrade Update

We have completed the migration of most of the custom modules that make Middlebury’s sites work. Just before leaving for this conference, we were able to get the Middlebury website’s database migrated to Drupal 7 in development and the homepage working with real content from the database. The majority of the remaining work on the project is to move over the theme files one-by-one and test that the output is still working correctly, followed by the migration of a few modules, like the ones that support the campus map, that are presentation-intensive and couldn’t be tested without the theme layers finished.

Progress on the project can be seen in our code repository.