Web Development

ADA Website Accessibility Compliance in Higher Education

April 10, 2017

Real-world accessibility solutions have been commonplace for some time. Wheelchair accessible ramps outside of buildings, braille numbers on ATM keypads, and chirping audio cues at crosswalks are just a few accessibility features we often take for granted. How accessibility translates to the digital space, however, is a question that industries across the web are still struggling to answer. Particularly in higher education.

Last month, in response to a Justice Department accessability order, The University of California, Berkeley had two options:

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Website Personalization Approaches: Explicit, Implicit, and Contextual

January 13, 2017

The concept of website personalization is a simple one.

To improve the overall experience of its users, a site utilizes information — such as geographical location, browsing history, and demographic data — to present unique content that’s specific to each individual’s needs. We’ve all experienced the power of personalization and an improved experience through Netflix, Amazon, and Facebook. These sites improve our digital experience – and draw us deeper into the product – by providing the most relevant content.

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Budgeting for Your Higher Education Website Redesign

October 06, 2016

A higher ed website redesign project generally begins with what seems like a simple question.

“How much is this going to cost?”

The most common answer is as frustrating as it is vague.

“Well, that depends.”

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Ten Free Tools to Help Tune Up Your Website

August 02, 2016

When it comes to redesigning a website, many clients believe the bulk of the hard part is behind them once the final code has been pushed to production. But the truth is, that’s when the real work begins.

At OHO, whenever possible we often extend our partnership and continue working with clients to help them tune their site in order to achieve their business goals long after a redesign. Below is a breakdown of some of our favorite free tools that track users, ensure server stability, and provide insight to improve overall site performance.

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Drupal 7 or Drupal 8 for Higher Education, College, and University Websites?

Over the past eight years, we’ve designed and developed dozens of large-scale college and university websites using Drupal 6 and Drupal 7. We’ve also been working with Drupal 8 since before its official release in November 2015. Drupal 8 represents a big step forward, and it is the future of the platform. It retains the best features of Drupal 7 and augments it with improvements in user experience, responsive design, performance, scalability, and extensibility. However, Drupal 7 brings continued strengths as a mature platform with access to a robust library of functionality.

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Putting Drupal 8 to the Test: Is Drupal 8 Ready for Your Higher Education Website?

July 08, 2016

We’ve built over 50 education websites using Drupal 6 and 7, so we were excited to dig into the latest version of Drupal that released in the fall of 2015. Drupal 8 brings some significant upgrades to the admin UI and underlying architecture, and it increases the core feature set.

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Explained In 60 Seconds: Basic Development Workflow

May 03, 2016

The development process is a complex and esoteric one, but by learning a few key terms, you’ll have a much better understanding of how developers work and the stages of their process. In the next sixty seconds, we’ll walk through development environments, or versions of a website that exist in the web development workflow.

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Web Accessibility: Does Your Site Meet the Standards?

April 21, 2016

The name itself pretty much explains it - web accessibility means making the web accessible to anyone and everyone, including people with disabilities. But behind such a seemingly simple concept lies a very complicated and sometimes lengthy process, as well as lots of uncertainty about which regulations, standards, and rules to adhere to.

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6 More Drupal Modules Your Website Needs Now

March 17, 2016

Now that you’ve finished installing the six Drupal modules your website needs for great SEO, it’s time to start thinking about how you can harness the power of Drupal modules to make your website analytics and maintenance much easier.

We’ve picked out six more modules that will help alleviate some of the headaches and roadblocks that might be holding you back in the day-to-day management of your Drupal website.

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Explained in 60 Seconds: QA Testing

February 25, 2016

Few people would be surprised to know that before a new website or feature is launched, it passes through a quality assurance (QA) process to make sure it works exactly how it is supposed to and is free from errors. However, many might be shocked to find out what is involved in a standard QA process. It’s actually much more extensive than just looking for links that don’t work or spelling errors in the website content.

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