Iteration 83

Iteration 83 will run from Nov 15th until Dec 5th. Work undertaken includes:

Highlights include:

  • Launch the new Header
  • Article content in the WMS

Summary

Type

Priority

Milestone

Pts

Status

Moriarty : Typographic adjustments

enhancement/new feature

highest

Theme 7.1

3

iteration_backlog

[Deploy testing] Header

enhancement/new feature

highest

Theme Refresh 7.0

3

iteration_backlog

eCal: topics removed from maps remain published on /study/2016-2017

bug

highest

E-calendar 7.3

2

iteration_backlog

Remove Quick Links from new header on non-branded sites

bug

highest

Theme Refresh 7.0

1

iteration_backlog

WMS Power Tools Presentation

support task

highest

Site Management 7.1

2

iteration_backlog

[Articles] Initial content-type for blogging

enhancement/new feature

high

WMS Blogging 7.0

2

iteration_backlog

Configure 2 new staging nodes

support task

high

Infra Evergreening 7.1

3

iteration_backlog

[Blogs] Published Date

enhancement/new feature

high

WMS Blogging 7.0

2

assigned

Create new QA Server

support task

high

Infra Evergreening 7.1

5

iteration_backlog

Menu structure on /music fails to save nesting

bug

high

Site Management 7.1

2

assigned

[Spike] Channels Event Search:

enhancement/new feature

high

Events display 7.1

2

iteration_backlog

Training environment part 2

support task

high

Infra Evergreening 7.1

3

assigned

eCal: Display “IS” as “Interfaculty Studies”

support task

high

E-calendar 7.3

1

iteration_backlog

[Theme] Relevant block

enhancement/new feature

high

WMS Blogging 7.0

3

assigned

Migrate Trac wiki to Confluence

support task

high

Infrastructure 7.1

3

assigned

Usability testing planning with Engineering

support task

high

Site Management 7.1

2

iteration_backlog

Git repo on drupalnodes fails to update

bug

high

3rd Party Integration 7.1

0.5

closed

[Blogs] Related Content

enhancement/new feature

medium

WMS Blogging 7.0

3

assigned

Additional wider block region

enhancement/new feature

medium

Theme Refresh 7.0

2

iteration_backlog

mediawiki: edit user perms

support task

medium

Site Management 7.1

2

closed

Fix channels tnid issue

bug

medium

Channels 7.1

2

assigned

Map role to /study that allows access to short tags

support task

medium

E-calendar 7.3

0.5

closed

Blocks : Urls should wrap in blocks

support task

low

Theme 7.1

0.5

iteration_backlog

Dashboard: Site Manager, I can view broken links within the dashboard

enhancement/new feature

low

Dashboard 7.1

2

iteration_backlog

Fix campaign tracker notice

bug

low

Infrastructure 7.1

1

assigned

Check iCalcreator php 7 compatibility

bug

low

Infra Evergreening 7.1

2

iteration_backlog

 

 

5 tips for creating picture perfect web images

Image examples

A professional looking site has crisp, attractive images that display well on desktop, tablet and mobile. Here are five tips you can follow to make sure your images look picture perfect in the WMS.

1) Start with the highest resolution image you can find

Use original, high-resolution copies of images. Try not to use images that have already been cropped and edited for other web pages.

2) Use a consistent ratio when cropping images

Create a sense of design consistency by cropping images with the same ratio — 16:9 and 4:3 are two ratios that are commonly seen in web page layouts. Using a consistent ratio will also ensure images placed in half-width blocks and third-width blocks lineup nicely.

Ratio examples

Portrait images work well when placed in the sidebar or in node content, but aren’t recommended for Statement, List or Call to action blocks, or for use in slideshows.

3) Consider image dimensions carefully

What’s the best size for images in the WMS? The answer to this question varies for different WMS tools and features.

Images placed in blocks will resize automatically based on whether the block is set to full-width, half-width or third-width. That said, if you size your images to at least match the largest possible width, 1200px, you’ll ensure it will display nicely no matter which width your set your block to. Alternately, if you crop an image to fit in a third-width block (e.g. 150px wide), then decide to change that block to a half-width or full-width block, the image will probably appear blurry and stretched.

Images placed outside blocks can be cropped to whatever dimensions you feel look appropriate. As with images placed in blocks, if you crop the image to the largest possible width, 1200px, you can then adjust the image dimensions to fit your requirements in the image settings. This will ensure the image will display nicely whether viewed at 1200px or 100px.

The recommended image size for McGill Profiles is 220px x 220px.

View recommended image sizes for slideshow galleries in the IT Knowledge Base.

4) Less is more…

Keep image adjustments to a minimum and avoid using filters.

In most cases you’ll need to crop your images. Beyond that, unless you employ specific image branding that requires complicated image editing, it’s best to keep your image adjustments simple. If you use a professional photographer, he or she has probably already made any necessary adjustments to correct any lighting or exposure issues.

5) …but bigger is better!

After you’ve cropped and edited your image, save it at the highest possible resolution. Files uploaded in the WMS must be less than 25 MB, so save your edited image at as high a quality as possible while staying within the file size restriction.

Bonus tip! Watch your composition

Check out our previous post, 5 template block tips for alpha site managers, for image composition tips.

Do you have advice to share with other site managers on creating images in the WMS? Share your tips in the comments below!

Work smarter, not harder!

Shout-out to all the hardworking Site Managers and Editors in the McGill community!

Another week, another update beckons on your website. Between juggling all the tasks on your ever growing to-do list, it’s hard to carve out time to give your site the TLC it deserves. Why not harness the power of the WMS to create awesome, dynamic websites easily and effectively. Why work harder than you need to when there’s so much to do!

Join us at our next special presentation: Power Tools in the WMS

Power Tools in the WMS

You won’t want to miss this event. We’ll be showcasing some of the powerful tools in the Web Management System. Learn about tools that you might not be confident using or might not have even heard of. You could walk away with a couple of new tools in your tool belt!

Seats are limited to 125 spots so hurry, register early!

Date: Tues Dec 6, 2016 (Study Day!)

Time: 10:30 a.m. – noon (treat yourself to a great lunch afterwards!)

Location: Leacock 232 (a.k.a. the “Star Trek” room)

Register: www.mcgill.ca/wms/events

See you there!

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