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  • University Websites that Run and Shine on WordPress, from the blog
    we touched on some if its merits in a previous post called Is WordPress Like Microsoft Word From a development standpoint we love that it s open sourced is highly malleable and has an endless array of plug in options for additional customization These features might be common knowledge for web developers but for new or prospective clients it s only clear as mud Even though many of our clients are pretty tech savvy and can appreciate good design they often have concerns about moving their university website over to WordPress and we re more than happy to address them Isn t WordPress for Blogging Yes and no WordPress com did start as a blogging system in 2003 and it continues to be one of the most popular blogging platforms around However they later created WordPress org which released the content management system behind wordpress com allowing skilled developers to access the full power of wordpress and ignited one of the strongest online communities around Generally speaking these two sites serve two very different functions and groups of users WordPress com is more commonly used for simple personal blogs and offers limited functionality while WordPress org is full featured and is used by advanced users to create more powerful feature rich and sophisticated websites Can you really develop a unique website for universities by using a program that runs on templates Yes we can There s a reason why this content management system has done so well even in the world of university websites WordPress allows developers like us to design websites to look and do just about anything imaginable We design a new template for each website we build according to the needs content and functionality of each client Then we source any plugins required to facilitate our clients

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/university-websites-that-run-and-shine-on-wordpress/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Why Your University Blog Needs an Editorial Calendar, from the blog
    have plug in features for digital editorial calendars With just a few clicks of the mouse you manage your drafts assign an author and schedule a time and date for your blog post to be published automatically Editorial calendars aren t only for blog posts They re are also helpful to stay on top of social media updates You can use a similar spreadsheet or a program like Hootsuite Sprout Social and Buffer that let you schedule your posts Either way make sure to share the calendar with your team and use it as reference to guide your social media strategy Visualize Your Strategy Editorial calendars can actually allow you to visually see your communications and marketing strategy and how much of an impact it will make Developing an editorial calendar helps you come up with valuable and thoughtful content ahead of time instead of rushing to get a post done just for the sake of publishing For instance you may have come up with a ton of great ideas for blog posts during a brainstorming session with your team Seeing your content laid out in a calendar is a great way to take a step back and see your new content strategy from a different perspective Arranging your new ideas into a content calendar can help you discover themes within the posts that you can develop into a series You can see how your content flows together and pinpoint any redundancies or holes It also allows you to spot which topics are too large and can instead be broken up into smaller bite sized pieces Accountability Having an editorial calendar for your university s blog assigns accountability to each piece and improves communication within your team You can divvy up the writing responsibilities amongst yourself and your team and

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/why-your-university-blog-needs-an-editorial-calendar/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Education
    media has proven to be so powerful that many businesses and non profit organizations have implemented it in their communications and marketing strategies Read more 22 August 26 2014 Is WordPress like Microsoft Word For many years Microsoft Word has been the traditional word processor of choice for students business professionals and anyone looking to create and print a document As the world moves away from print and toward digital publication we compare our personal favourite online publication platform WordPress with the ubiquitous Microsoft Word Read more 20 July 22 2014 6 Large Non Profit Websites You Need to See Like any business a large non profit organization needs a strong online presence Most people do research before donating or getting involved with a particular cause and they ll likely make online searches their first stop Here are a few factors that make a non profit site successful Read more 19 June 25 2014 5 Lessons for Designing a Good University Website As high school students prepare to graduate at the end of this month many of them are contemplating the next step in their education Having recently donned a cap and gown for my own college convocation it made

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/tag/education/page/2/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Hosting a Website Actually Means Hosting a Company, from the blog
    needs to be improved A few weeks back we released a commissioned white paper called Green Web Hosting which took on the question of what hosting provider actually has a carbon friendly footprint More clearly we asked How green are the hosts with whom we trust our data Purposefully we did not take into account additional factors like uptime server speed technologies deployed or customer service But it is customer service among hosts that needs to be addressed most And I m not talking about phone or chat support By customer service I mean the full trajectory of customer acquisition nurturing and support I m talking about educating the prospect helping them understand what it is they are buying in a host and what they are not I m talking about explaining what goes into a good web host and how they handle support and technical requests I m talking about what happens when a client needs to move from one server to another or has to upgrade their site from some horrific content management system to WordPress Or what happens when a client has their email accounts tied to their hosting and want to move to Google Apps or another cloud based solution I m also talking about how a host can help a client leave them if they need to maybe the host offers a severance package that gracefully allows a client to move safely off their servers By no means am I suggesting that this customer service comes for free Hosting is an incredibly important and vital function of nearly every modern business and if website hosts no longer want to support 2 per month clients perhaps their business model should support 20 month or 200 month ones The bar needs to be raised and businesses and

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  • Green Web Hosting and Environmental Impact, from the blog
    the topic the question of which web hosts have energy usage as an indicator of performance remained McKinsey Company reports that only 6 to 12 percent of electricity that powers servers is used for computing The remainder is for contingency Yes contingency We commissioned Third Partners LLC a consultancy based in New York that studies environmental impact and energy efficiency to study what electricity sources are powering North American hosts data centres They studied the energy mix of 10 web hosts including their local electricity grid greenhouse gas percentages clean energy usage and a company s purchase of carbon offsets And based on their data they made some recommendations This whitepaper called Green Web Hosting will be used to guide our decision making in procuring hosting for ourselves and for our clients as we look to green our supply chain and improve our environmental footprint The report helps frame Manoverboard s triple bottom line commitment to people planet and prosperity We hope it will be a useful start for procurement officers business owners and sustainability professionals as well as website designers application developers and digital creatives who seek to better understand and modify their environmental footprint One note We are disappointed though not completely surprised that one of our favourite hosting providers Media Temple ranks so poorly in the whitepaper It s clear that there is much room for improvement among the larger hosts The good news is that there are numerous excellent green options for web hosting Three hosts we identified even get five stars for providing carbon free and outstanding energy performance Download the Green Web Hosting whitepaper Let us know what you think in the comments below Topics B Corp Business Green Hosting Sustainability Technology http ecologyartisans com Ecology Artisans What are your thoughts on how WP

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/green-web-hosting-and-environmental-impact/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Designer Wanted. Apply Within., from the blog
    care about economic opportunity and the immense environmental challenges we face We also drink good coffee and have insanely nice offices We are looking for a junior designer that can wear multiple hats beautifully and successfully The right candidate is motivated organized self disciplined and is willing to learn new skills The right candidate will have a strong and innate understanding of design and design processes coupled with a command of technical skills Attention to detail is key as is an understanding of the bigger picture of a given project While this is billed as a design position the right candidate will also have good writing skills a decent understanding of social media and the ability to connect and communicate with a diverse range of clients Importantly the candidate will need to stretch and grow with us as the business does the same The right candidate will care about the future of design have high ethical standards and embrace new technical challenges This is a full time position Requirements Create working design comps for websites and digital interfaces Design reports white papers brochures and business collateral Develop identities and visual standards documentation Assist with site updates content integration maintenance and

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/designer-wanted-apply-within/ (2016-02-09)
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  • News
    a garage and many other things has been around for nearly 100 years The developer who purchased it has completely transformed it from a brick shell into a highly functional modern building with customized offices fast connectivity lots of light and a view of the surrounding trees and streets The new building is supported by a brand new timber frame massive timbers from British Columbia tied with traditional mortise and

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  • Sustainability
    we re close to launching the site we ve run up against a hurdle that is all too often smack right in front of us It s called hosting If you Google the word hosting you ll find everything from free e g crap hosting on unserviced servers to 10 per month on reputable ISPs to fully managed virtual or managed hosting adding up to thousands of dollars per month for massive websites It s not uncommon for a company to pay 50 000 or more in a given year for hosting their site Read more 27 December 5 2014 Green Web Hosting and Environmental Impact A good data host should be something like a suitable dinner host stable and reliable with good table manners and some seriousness of purpose But with web hosting we often do not know what is actually being served on our plates How reputable is the host What kinds of security is in place to protect both data and accounts Will the hosting provider guarantee a 100 uptime How much data can be served and stored How up to date are the host s hardware and the software Can you call the host with questions or have a quick chat about the weather There is one question that we will increasingly be asking How green are the hosts with whom we trust our data Read more 21 August 7 2014 Designing Impact Investment An Overview Design and design thinking has rapidly reshaped traditional business But as social enterprise and philanthropy become filtered through a design lens what are the implications for social impact investment This article is the first in a series covering the intersection of design and impact investment In early 2014 John Maeda left his position as president of the Rhode Island School

    Original URL path: http://manoverboard.com/tag/sustainability/page/2/ (2016-02-09)
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