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Updates for Future Students

June 23, 2010

A handful of changes have been made to the Future Students landing page on the LFCC website. These updates have been made to help improve the performance, the usability and the overall experience. Following are some of the modifications that were made today. Read more…

WordPress Installation Upgrades

June 21, 2010

Until recently, the College website utilized a branch of WordPress called WordPressMU (WPMU) to easily manage content throughout various portions of the site. However, last week, a brand new version of WordPress was released that incorporates all of the features and advantages of using WPMU.

The WordPress installation here on the College website has now been successfully upgraded from WPMU 2.9.2 to WordPress 3.0. The upgrade and installation procedure was completed with relative ease. The developers behind WordPress did a fantastic job of anticipating the changes that would need to be made to migrate a WPMU site into the new version of WordPress. Read more…

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ariddle @ 1:08 pm

Improvements to the Online Class Schedule

June 9, 2010

The current list of classes page on the College website has been updated and modified to help improve performance and speed and to make it much easier and faster to view information you have previously viewed. After viewing a particular set of courses, that information will be cached within your browser to make it easy and quick to return to that list. Read more…

Background Gradients

May 26, 2010

The template for the Lord Fairfax Community College website has been updated to use native CSS3 gradients rather than background images. Although the change is subtle, it reduced the total size of the template files by a few kilobytes, improving the speed at which pages load.

In addition to the slight performance increase, this change resulted in richer colors throughout the website.

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ariddle @ 1:15 pm

College Home Page Improvements

May 11, 2010

The home page of the College website has been updated to improve usability and efficiency.

Each item in the rotating promotional area now loads automatically in the background once the page is initially finished loading. Therefore, when a visitor clicks on one of the thumbnails in the promotional area, the current story will fade out and the selected story will immediately fade in, rather than having to wait for the selected story to load.

With this change, the implementation of the browser’s back and forward buttons has changed on the College home page. Visitors are now able to use the back and forward button in their browsers to navigate to and from the stories that they’ve already viewed.

Finally, the code used to implement the dynamic elements on the home page has been optimized further, reducing the amount of time it takes to initially load the page.

Workforce Solutions Home Page Improvements

May 10, 2010

Today, a slightly new version of the home page of the Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education (WSCE) website was unveiled. While the new home page does appear any different than the previous version, the way it functions in the background has changed significantly.

When visiting the WSCE home page, clicking on the links for any of the three promotional items will load the full text of the selected item. Then, you can either click the “Close this story and return to the home page” link or you can simply use the “back” button in your browser to return to the standard home page. Read more…

Connect With LFCC

April 21, 2010

In a continued effort to make it easy for visitors to follow what’s happening at LFCC, a new page has been developed on the College website. Using a slightly modified version of Pubwich, an open-source information aggregator written in PHP, Connect With LFCC is a central hub for the College’s social media activities, news releases, upcoming events and more. Be sure to check out the page and bookmark it to keep current with what’s happening at LFCC. You can also follow the College and its organizations on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and more by clicking the headers in each of the modules on that page. Let us know what you think of the new page and which services you might like to see us add.

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ariddle @ 7:46 am

Full RSS Feed Now Available for News Releases

April 7, 2010

The RSS (really simple syndication) feed for Lord Fairfax Community College news releases and media advisories has been updated to include the full content of each item. Previously, the items in the feed were truncated to 500 characters. Read more…

Filed under: Feature Additions ariddle @ 12:32 pm

College Home Page Updated

March 30, 2010

The main promotional area of the LFCC home page has been updated. Transitions between promotional items should now be smoother and more attractive. In addition, some back-end modifications were made to help speed up the entire Web site and increase performance.

On the home page, the carousel of promotional thumbnails still functions as it previously did. However, when you click on one of those thumbnails, the current promotional item will fade out and the  new promotional item will fade in once it is fully loaded.

In addition, some of the javascript and CSS used throughout the Web site has been optimized and combined where appropriate to help speed up the amount of time it takes to load a new page on the site.

Filed under: Backend Enhancements,Feature Additions ariddle @ 12:03 pm


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