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Iterative web development the Monmouthshire way

Posted by Joanna Goodwin

Thu 31 Jul 2014

At Monmouthshire County Council, we never aim for perfection. Perfection doesn’t exist. There will always be something we aren’t happy with; something that can be improved, developed or changed.

When talking about web development specifically, I’m including content, navigation structures, layouts, design, functionality and processes. These are all pieces of the puzzle and should all be evolving and being updated continuously.

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Topics: content governance, monmouthshire council, iterative development, web development

Roles and responsibilities on website teams

Posted by Shane Diffily

Tue 29 Jul 2014

People are the most important part of any system of Web Governance. Hire good people and they will generally find clever and innovative ways to get maximum bang for your buck. However, roles & responsibilities have not kept pace with changes in online activity. This has led to dangerous gaps in operations, as well as tension among staff due to competing claims over “who does what”.

In this article we’ll explore some of the ways you can restore 'industrial peace' by delivering the clear job descriptions your team needs.

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Topics: web governance

4 signs you're wasting money on a web content agency

Posted by Mike Waterston

Tue 22 Jul 2014

Web agencies are a fantastic resource for small marketing teams and can give a much needed boost to your online efforts - as long as you avoid these common pitfalls.

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Topics: content governance, web content management, web content agency

5 Reasons why your website content isn't influencing readers

Posted by Mike Waterston

Tue 15 Jul 2014

Humanising the digital world is no simple task. Thanks to the rapid advances in technology, the expansion of social media, and the ever-growing influence of the Internet, consumers are growing more and more savvy by the day. They also have more choices than ever before, which means you have more competition than ever before. So the question becomes, how to distance yourself from competitors and convince consumers that your product/service/organisation is the best option for them?

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Topics: website content

The website redesign accessibility nightmare project

Posted by Helene Norgaard Bech

Tue 8 Jul 2014

I’d like to introduce you to three people whose website redesign project is about to fail. Committing a variety of sins, there’s Walter the webmaster, Elizabeth the editor and Ian the IT guy, who work together for a public sector organisation. Read on to learn how to make sure their nightmare doesn't become yours!  

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Topics: Accessibility, website accessibility, web governance, content policy

How to clean up disorganised web content in a hurry

Posted by Dave Schneider

Tue 1 Jul 2014

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of cleaning up your website content, the suggestion to “get an overview of your content” may sound dismissive and unhelpful, but it really doesn’t need to be more complicated than that.

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Web accessibility that’s easy on the hands

Posted by Simon Stevens

Tue 24 Jun 2014

When most people talk about the accessibility of websites they’re largely referring to making websites accessible to people with sight problems, which is great; but truly accessible websites will consider the needs of people with a whole range of specific needs.

One area of need that is often forgotten is people with hand control issues, which may include people who cannot use their hands at all, or people who have poor control of their hands and find it hard to control a mouse, keyboard or trackpad.

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Topics: Accessibility, website accessibility, web governance

GAAD: IOSH and Siteimprove team up in support of web accessibility awareness

Posted by Sima Patel

Wed 11 Jun 2014

Here at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), we want to reach as many people as possible with our messages. And as the world’s biggest professional health and safety membership organisation, what we have to say can influence workers from the factory floor to politicians in the Halls of Power.

So, when we heard about Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), we wanted to get involved and learn about the limitations some of our customers face every day online.

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Topics: Accessibility, Global Accessibility Awareness Day, GAAD, website accessibility

Say goodbye to inaccessible pdfs on your website

Posted by Helene Norgaard Bech

Mon 7 Apr 2014

”We can’t upload PDFs to our website because PDFs are not accessible“ or “We have to provide an accessible alternative to our PDFs since it is not possible to make PDFs accessible“ are both common dilemmas experienced amongst web teams. Perhaps these are sentences you‘ve heard or even used yourself?

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Topics: Accessibility

13 tips to improve your website’s accessibility for mobile platforms

Posted by Helene Norgaard Bech

Fri 4 Apr 2014

Smartphone sales are exploding, and the desire to make websites accessible to all users on mobile platforms is also increasing. I’m going to give you some tips on how to create accessible web content in the best way.

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