Microsoft Edge’s Chrome Makeover

Microsoft Edge LogoIt was reported a while back that Microsoft was planning to abandon its current Internet Explorer replacement, Microsoft Edge, and instead make Edge into a clone of Chromium. Chromium is the open-source browser project that serves as the foundation for Google Chrome, Opera, and several other web browsers.

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New Year, New Site! Check Out OIT’s New Web Page

During the summer months, a lot of stuff still goes on here on the Hilltop. With summer classes, freshening up buildings and lawns, and welcoming new Mustangs to campus, it’s a busy time! OIT has been hard at work on several initiatives this summer, with one resulting in a brand-new web site. Continue reading New Year, New Site! Check Out OIT’s New Web Page

Web Design: Using Data to Inform Design

Before and After images of the SMU Current Students page
Before (left) and after (right).

The SMU Current Students page recently received a facelift.  This page receives thousands of hits each week, making it one of the most popular pages on the University website. In this redesign, we used data to assess how students were using the page and inform the future user experience.

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OIT Resources for Your Sitecore Needs

SitecoreSMU’s main website holds around 45,000 web pages, and each one of those pages runs on our Content Management System known as Sitecore. If you have editing privileges on any of SMU’s web pages, you may already know the basics of how Sitecore works, but you also realize how complex and intimidating the system can sometimes be.

If you ever have any problems with Sitecore or are just curious about learning more about what it can do, we have plenty of resources to assist you. Continue reading OIT Resources for Your Sitecore Needs

Sitecore Forms: Let Your Web Page do the Work!

If you manage or edit a web page within SMU’s Sitecore content management system, you may not know that there is a powerful feature that can be used to collect information from your page’s visitors.

Sitecore Forms allow you to create forms that can be filled out by a visitor to your page. Once submitted, the data can be sent to you via e-mail or placed in a database. Say goodbye to third-party forms that don’t match your site’s design and take visitors away from your pages! Forms can be used to obtain information for a mailing list, collect registrations for an event, or any other use you see fit.

For more information on how to get started creating forms for your Sitecore pages, stop by our wiki to see introductory videos and documentation. Here’s an example of the videos you can take advantage of:

As always, you can also give the IT Help Desk a call at 214-768-4357 if you need a helping hand.