10 benefits of EMBL’s WordPress microsites

As part of the process of updating the look and feel of the EMBL and EMBL-EBI websites, we are making preparations to provide all groups with a WordPress content management system, which will allow for a better author experience and easier content updates. This is still a work in progress and is being trialed, but below you can find our top 10 benefits for making this switch.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is the most widely used content management system that powers over one-third of the world’s websites, from small personal blogs to the complex sites of major corporations such as Sony, Time Inc., the New York Post, and NBC. 

When it comes to content management, we believe that WordPress gives the best possible solution for both non-experienced and advanced users. It provides the tools and resources needed in order to easily build new pages, quickly edit existing content, run a blog and much more. 

In the past two years, digital and design teams in EMBL’s Communications group have been collaborating closely with the IT team in Heidelberg and the Web Development team at EBI to customise WordPress platform and to meet EMBL’s look, feel and requirements. 

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Embl.org: From so simple a beginning…

For the past two years, the content, digital and design teams in EMBL’s Communications group have been collaborating closely with the IT team in Heidelberg and the Web Development team at EBI to prepare the way for a new website – embl.org – for the whole organisation.

Most of this work has so far been preparatory, consulting with various groups and departments around EMBL for help and feedback on design, content and structure as we put in place processes, databases, frameworks and designs to prepare for the new site. It has been a true team effort.

Today, we have reached an important milestone for the project: we can present to you the first page.

That’s right. Just one, single, webpage. Continue reading “Embl.org: From so simple a beginning…”

Introducing the Digital Projects Dashboard

This is not the Digital Projects Dashboard. This is just a dashboard (Image: Pixnio)

After a relaxing end-of-year break, the digital team is back in Heidelberg and raring to get started on our many projects. This week we built a dashboard to help us to keep track of the scope, status and dependencies of our nearly two-dozen projects. Continue reading “Introducing the Digital Projects Dashboard”

To affinity, and beyond!

Here’s a pretentious piece of jargon for you: “Affinity sorting.” It means “Writing stuff on post-it notes, sticking them on the wall and then grouping similar ones together.” And it’s a hugely useful exercise for prioritising content on websites.

Last week, Mark and I ran affinity sorting exercises with teams from Human Resources and Courses and Conferences to try to understand their needs for the new embl.org. Embl.org needs to serve all departments and groups at EMBL. The aim is to empower teams to look after their own sections of the website and to keep their content fresh and updated. And it’s a chance not only to improve content, but also the systems and processes behind the website. So we’re meeting people early in the project, and trying hard to understand their priorities.

But first, a tangent about shipping containers. Continue reading “To affinity, and beyond!”