WordPress is a very powerful Website tool, however out of the box it only exports a single RSS feed. This is useful for most websites, however for our F.A.Q. site it might be useful for schools to subscribe to a single section of the site rather than receiving a feed containing everything.
The Category Specific plugin extends the default WordPress RSS generator and allows custom RSS feeds based upon the category that the post/article has been posted in.
Is this something that we should add to the F.A.Q. website?
It appears that WordPress natively supports Category Specific RSS feeds. Browse to the Category, then copy the URL. At the end of the URL, add a slash and the word Feed.
This will produce an RSS feed that is specific to the category.
Some times the F.A.Q. entries can be quite long winded and contain several different methods to resolve a problem. This can make the F.A.Q. difficult to and overwhelming to read.
To address this issue, we can introduce expanding text, where a small headline would be displayed that can be clicked. Once clicked, text behind the headline will be revealed.
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Do you think this sort of thing would be useful? Your comments please.
Further to the previous post relating to the home page banner (http://www.scomis.org/webdev/?p=64), we have managed to refine the ideas and come up with a couple of new options. We have also slightly altered the text that will appear – we felt that the focus for what ScoMIS does should be clear. Please add your comments below as to which variation of the way the text is displayed you prefer. Alternatively, if you have any other recommendations, let us know!
Mockup v10 (picture 2):
During our use of our portal sites we have discovered that printing useful things out, like the information contained in the F.A.Q. portal doesn’t print on the page correctly.
The result is that the menu that is usually displayed on the page is also printed. Taking up space on the printed page and condensing the content.
We have discovered that other websites sites have the ability to hide menus and navigation when printing. We have now modified the F.A.Q. site so that menus are now hidden. This is will be a temporary fix whilst we work on revised templates for our portal sites.
It has been pointed out that when people visit the new scomis homepage (www.devon.gov.uk/scomis), it is not obvious what we do. We decided this could be resolved by amending the banner across the top of the homepage to include a brief description of the service we provide. Please indicate which proposed banner style you prefer:
Please also comment if you have any other suggestions/combinations that could be tried.
We look forward to hearing your comments….
Updated: We have discovered a plugin for our F.A.Q. site that generates a Tag Cloud. We are going to experiment with a banner version for the ScoMIS home page.
Here is an example of an interactive Tag Cloud
Following some Feedback we received last Friday (23rd) it has been reported that the Training Directory is hard to find.
A lot of text when schools log onto training and then they have to scroll down to open ‘training portal website’ not very user friendly. Also when opening that page there is another lot of text. I think it needs streamlining.
Currently the Training Directory can be accessed in 1 of 4 ways. Searching Google for “ScoMIS Training” will also display our training portal within the top 5.
- Directly – http://training.scomis.org/
- Clicking the ‘Training Directory’ link in the Key Services area just underneath the banner image on the home page.
- Clicking the title or any of the training entries that appear in the current courses box, also on the home page.
- Clicking through to Services > Training, then scrolling to the ‘Training Portal Site’ link at the bottom of the page.
Is there any way that we change this to make the route to the Training Directory more obvious?