Heading into the future

Headers on McGills websites are about to get a long-awaited makeover that will pave the way for some exciting new WMS template enhancements, including wider web pages.

Wider web pages on desktop

Ever wonder why McGill’s web pages aren’t wider and more responsive to larger screens? The current WMS template is constrained to a width that matches the width of the banner image (which is 940px wide, for you technical folks).

Recent feedback indicates a strong interest in wider web pages that span the width of visitors’ browser windows. The new header, which allows for more flexibility in page width, means a wider desktop template is on the horizon.

Header example

Another feature of the new header is improved functionality
of the Quick Links drop down menu.

Improvements galore

In addition to a more flexible width, the revamped header introduces a number of additional benefits:

  •  Improved responsiveness with all header elements displaying across all types of devices — desktop, mobile and tablet.
  •  The simplified design and refined code allows for additional options with site titles, slogans, labels and approved logos.
  • Important content is more visible. Visitors can quickly and easily identify your site title and then move onto your key content in the body of your web pages. The new header also takes up less vertical space, which means important content displays higher in the browser window.
  • Refined functionality and coding of the Quick Links drop down menu.

The new header is expected to be released soon. Stay tuned for updates!

Other recent WMS design updates

“Beta” blocks are now out of the blocks!

blocks

We’re happy to announce the much-anticipated release of the new Template blocks that have been in beta. These new blocks are now available to all site managers:

Statement blocks will remain in beta while we iron out a few rough edges. The Statement blocks will continue to be available to site managers with access to the beta tester role only.

Our beta testers have had a busy summer testing and implementing the new blocks on their sites. Their feedback has been instrumental in assisting us with getting the blocks ready for wide release. You can read about the work our beta testers accomplished and lessons we learned in posts we published earlier this summer:

A new way to add blocks

Now that the new blocks are out of beta they can be accessed via the standard WMS admin options. To create a new block:

  1. Sign into your site admin.
  2. Go to My Workbench > Create Content tab.
  3. Click on the type of block you would like to add.

The new method of creating blocks applies to List, Call to action, Twitter and Standard blocks. The old way of creating blocks (Structure > Blocks > Add block) is being phased out.

Learn more:

 

Iteration 80

Iteration 80 will run from Sept 13th until Oct 3rd. Work undertaken includes:

Highlights include:

  • Visual header improvements
  • Blocks that display tagged content
  • Typographic adjustments
  • Videos in Channels

summary

status

type

priority

milestone

pts

Upgrade drupal core to 7.50

iteration_backlog

support task

highest

Infra Evergreening 7.1

2

Deploy Event Channel Search on /music

iteration_backlog

support task

highest

Events display 7.1

1

Decomission Applying tool on /applying

closed

support task

highest

3rd Party Integration 7.1

1

Events calendar: translation of Advanced options link and default form field text

iteration_backlog

support task

highest

Custom modules 7.1

1

Update scripts and playbooks with new drupalnodes

iteration_backlog

bug

highest

Infra Evergreening 7.1

3

Spike: Visual refresh header

assigned

enhancement/new feature

high

Theme Refresh 7.0

5

[Articles] Taxonomy Blocks

new

enhancement/new feature

high

WMS Blogging 7.0

5

Include remarketing in Google Adwords campaign tracker block

assigned

enhancement/new feature

high

Blocks & Slideshows 7.2

2

Profiles: Failure to edit Office Hours field in WYSIWYG

assigned

bug

high

Profiles 7.4

2

Configure 2 new staging nodes

iteration_backlog

support task

high

Infra Evergreening 7.1

3

Broken tags & functionality

iteration_backlog

support task

high

Site Management 7.1

1

eCalendar: “Interfaculty Studies” information displaying incorrectly

iteration_backlog

enhancement/new feature

high

E-calendar 7.3

2

Homepage: moderation

iteration_backlog

support task

high

Site Management 7.1

1

[Articles] 490

iteration_backlog

support task

high

WMS Blogging 7.0

2

Moriarty : Typographic adjustments

assigned

enhancement/new feature

medium

Theme 7.1

3

Allow youtube videos as attachments in Channels item

iteration_backlog

bug

medium

Site Management 7.1

2

Filter out inline images in wysiwyg

assigned

bug

medium

WYSIWYG Feature

1

Burger menu does not display correctly on mobile sites with one menu link.

iteration_backlog

bug

medium

Responsive 7.1

2

Fix positioning issue with links to accordions

iteration_backlog

bug

medium

WYSIWYG Feature

2

Profiles: create a new filterable field

iteration_backlog

enhancement/new feature

medium

Profiles 7.4

2

Plan the test for server and php 7 upgrade

iteration_backlog

support task

medium

Infra Evergreening 7.1

1

Map LDAP for AD groups to /mathstat

iteration_backlog

support task

medium

Site Management 7.1

1

New filterable field for McGill Profiles requested by /music

iteration_backlog

enhancement/new feature

medium

Profiles 7.4

1

[Header] As a site manager I can still access my banner image

iteration_backlog

support task

medium

Theme Refresh 7.0

2

Videos do not play on mobile devices

iteration_backlog

enhancement/new feature

low

Responsive 7.1

1

Investigate numbers in “Filter by Tags” search results on /sis

iteration_backlog

bug

low

Search 7.2

2

“Accueil” page improperly labled as “Home” in the vertical nav on /summeracademy

iteration_backlog

bug

low

Site Management 7.1

2

php7 prevents users from accessing linkchecker reports

iteration_backlog

bug

low

Infrastructure 7.1

1

Upgrade ctools-7.x-1.10 to support php7

iteration_backlog

bug

low

Custom modules 7.1

1

 

 

Another tasty menu update

Here’s a little pre-weekend prezzie for all site managers! We just rolled out a small back-end menu update that should make site maintenance a little easier for you: you now have the ability to switch your main navigation from horizontal to vertical and vice versa.

In the past, site managers who have wished to change their menu formatting had to send a request to the Service Desk. Applying the change is now as simple as ticking a checkbox in your site admin.

menuTo change your main menu:

  1. Sign into your site admin
  2. Go to Configuration > Site Settings
  3. Select or deselect the Horizontal Navigation checkbox under General settings
  4. Click the Save configuration button at the bottom of the page

The horizontal menu is now the default menu for newly created sites. No more having to send an additional request to have your horizontal menu activated when creating new sites!

When formatting your menus, please keep in mind that horizontal menus have less space for top-level parent items. The number and length of parent items should be carefully considered to ensure all menu items will be visible in the menu bar.

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