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About This Web Site – Backend Enhancements

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…


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.


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

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.

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Upgraded Photo Gallery

Jan. 25, 2010

The photo gallery software used on the College Web site has been upgraded to the latest version of Gallery2 (v 2.3.1). This update includes some bug fixes, some performance and efficiency enhancements and a few new features on the backend. The update to the Gallery software will most likely not effect the way photo albums and galleries are viewed on the College Web site. Please if you notice any problems viewing photo albums or galleries on the Web site.

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ariddle @ 1:36 pm

News Release Excerpts

Oct. 16, 2009

The home page has been updated again. This time, we have updated the way the latest news releases are displayed in the bottom-right area of the home page. In addition to the news release headline, a short excerpt from the news release is now displayed with the headline.

In addition, we now have the ability to publish these excerpts from our news releases directly to the official College Twitter account, so you can keep up with College news from within your Twitter feed.


Contacting Us is Now Easier

Aug. 25, 2009

The contact form used on the Web site now includes the option to choose a general category for inquiries. This enhancement will help reduce the number of e-mail messages that are sent to the wrong recipients. The categories that have been added to the contact form are: Read more…


 

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