Recent Blog Entries

Preventing Google Analytics Spam using Views and Filters

If you pay close attention to your Google Analytics (GA) data, you might see page links that does not belong to your site at all. This is what Google Analytics spam does. GA spammers inject themselves into Google's analytics servers in order to raise the SEO and page rankings of their spam websites. Don't let them cloud your data by setting up your views and filters correctly. These slides are from my WDN presentation. 

Slides:Preventing GA Spam using Views and Filters

Moving Forward with UNLedu 5.0

The UNL website, like any website, is a product of evolution. By adopting new and emerging technologies, and keeping an eye on evolving user tastes and expectations, we continue to re-imagine and re-build the university's global campus on the Internet. As a kickoff to UNLedu 5.0 development ‘season,’ and its scheduled release on Jan. 2, 2019, Bob Crisler, Director of Internet and Interactive Media, describes the past dozen years of progress on UNL’s ‘digital campus’ and what's next for UNL.edu.

Fixing Inaccessible Local Footer Icon-fonts

The WebAudit tool has recently began scanning for inaccessible use of icon-fonts in the website's local footer region. Inaccessible icon-fonts in the local footer can severely impact your WebAudit score since it appears on all of your website pages. We covered the accessibility considerations of using icon-fonts in the Framework documentation. We will look at determining if WebAudit picked up that your website has an inaccessible icon-font in the local footer region and how to remedy it.

Switching to HTTPS ahead of changes to Google Chrome

Serving over HTTPS is now increasingly viewed as a best practice for user privacy and security. Starting later in October, the Google Chrome browser will label pages with a "Not secure" warning in the address bar when users enter data on an HTTP page. This will impact all UNLedu Framework pages since the UNL site search bar is in the header of every page.

Search Engine Optimization

An Overview on CSS Grids

CSS Grids is a new layout module being introduced into CSS. It allows users to create grid layouts that can be easily restructured according to screen sizes. Other benefits include new flexible length units such as the fractional units (FR), minmax method, and other cool stuff. When taken as a whole it allows us to create interesting layouts such as those in print media. The following slides were presented at a WDN meeting and at Nebraska.Code() 2017.

Accessibility Series

Over the past few months, I have been giving short talks on accessibility, with a focus on UI patters. While I probably won't be able to give a talk every month, I plan to continue this series through the next several months. As the presentations progress will focus more complex patterns. For your convenience, I will be updating this post with links to the slides for the talks, which may contain helpful information and links to resources.

Introducing the 'Speedy' template

In an effort to improve both real and perceived performance of unl.edu sites, we recently launched a 'speedy' template.

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