Homepage Usability

Jakob Nielsen, a key figure in web usability has 113 guidelines for homepage usability. I was asked to use the guidelines to assess our new homepage design. The following is a list of what I considered to be the most important guidelines along with whether or not the new design follows them, and some occasional […]

Survey of Prospective Students and Families

A couple weeks ago, we created a survey to be taken by people on campus tours to determine how they use the current website in an effort to improve their experience on the new site.  In just one week, we had 184 responses.  Some of the results are listed below, and are relative to the […]

2008 Web Statistics – Services (www|web)

The following data represents 2008’s summary of the most-used web applications running under our https://www.middlebury.edu and https://web.middlebury.edu websites. ———- Internal (on-campus) Online Directory Online Forms – (SA PreDep) Student Ride Board ———- External (off-campus) Online Directory Online Forms (Admissions, Alumni Giving, SA PreDep) Online Forms (Alumni Update) ———- Combined Online Directory Online Forms (Admissions, Alumni […]

2008 Web Statistics – Connection Speed & Screen Resolution

The following data represents 2008’s summary of connection speed & screen resolution statistics for our http://www.middlebury.edu website.  Broadband connection speeds are considered DSL and above. ———- Internal Connection Speed: 100% – Broadband Screen Resolution:  99% – 1024×768 or higher ———- External Connection Speed:  73% – Broadband, 24% – Unknown, 3% – Dialup Screen Resolution:  95% […]

2008 Web Statistics – Browser & OS

The following data represents 2008’s summary of “top three” browser & operating system statistics for our http://www.middlebury.edu website. ———- Internal Browsers 61.7% – Internet Explorer 26.2% – Firefox 11.8% – Safari Operating Systems 81.4% – PC 18.4% – Mac 0.1% – Linux ———- External Browsers 58.1% – Internet Explorer 26.2% – Firefox 14.2% – Safari […]

2008 Web Statistics – Page Views & Visits

THESE STATISTICS DO NOT INCLUDE CMS EDITING TRAFFIC! ### Page Views ### The following data represents 2008’s summary of page view statistics for our http://www.middlebury.edu website. ———- Internal page views in 2008 totaled approximately 7,186,044 or 34% of the combined total of internal and external page views, for an average of 598,837 internal page views […]

2008 Web Statistics – Top Content

The following data represents a high level summary of 2008’s “top ten” content areas visited on our http://www.middlebury.edu website. ———- Internal (on-campus) / (homepage) /academics/ /administration/ /athletics/ /campuslife/ /about/ /services/ /students/ /admissions/ /arts/ ———- External (off-campus) /academics/ / (homepage) /athletics/ /admissions/ /administration/ /about/ /campuslife/ /alumni/ /services/ /jobseekers/ ———- Combined (Internal & External Page Views) / […]

2008 Web Statistics – Search

The following data represents the summary of 2008’s “top ten” search terms/keywords entered into our Google Search Appliance or GSA, (the search engine for our www.middlebury.edu website). To improve the overall quality of search results, all of these “top ten” search terms/keywords have been entered as keymatches in the GSA, which basically bumps them to […]

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