Thursday 25 April 2013

Internet World 2013 - Not that great...

Not sure if it was me or a sign of the times but Internet World felt far smaller this year than last year. As you would expect there were the usual suspects attending, Sage Pay, SiteCore, WebTrends, etc, but the place felt pretty empty and pretty slim on exhibitors.

However, as I was there specifically to pick up contacts for SEO it did serve a purpose and I did manage to find a few companies worth considering.

It wasn't all bad though, Sage Pay did appear to have a cloud generating machine (see pic) that was mildly amusing... and there was the expected buzz word bingo on 'Responsive'. Here's hoping that it picks up and the exhibition is better attended next year!

Monday 15 April 2013

Training, training, training...

We're now at the point in the project where we are all getting our training on the system. Although this isn't new to me it is to the rest of the team and it's been interesting to see how easily everyone has picked up the new system.

This is partly to do with having a very good trainer (Hello Dave!) and also the fact that the system makes sense. Compared to our current systems, OpenText and Shado, Squiz Matrix is ridiculously easy to pick up and use and you can start creating pages very quickly. We had all created and published out a modest 6 page site within 10 minutes...

Dave also has an exam at the end of the training sessions designed to ensure that the attendee has understood all points covered during the day. Thankfully, the team all passed with 95% or more so we're in a rather strong position to now move on and start training our internal editors in how to use the system.

Lucky really as I currently have a list of 160 editors waiting to be trained!

Wednesday 3 April 2013

Project update, it's been a while!

Well, it's been a very long time since I put a posting up which is probably a sign that things have been rather busy this end! So, a quick post to catch up on where we are with the project & thankfully everything is looking good:

  • The concept designs have been signed off and we are now at the point of cutting these up.
  • The responsive designs have landed with me for approval, so far everything looks great so it's now a case of running them past the various boards.
  • We're due to start our Matrix training next week (Morning Dave) with a number of introduction and advanced courses to complete. Following our training i'll be mapping out an intensive training session for the 100+ editors currently working on the website.

A lot of the team and still working through the content refresh and with only 6 weeks to go we will have covered all 10,000 pages of content. An incredible task that has meant we have cut down the size of the website by around 15-20% and by using our SiteImprove tool, fixed over 600 broken links and corrected over 1,800 spelling mistakes.

As you can tell from the above we are ploughing through tasks at an amazing rate and are still on track for our launch date later this year. Exciting times ahead for us as the launch of the new website will really only be the start of the project!