Oct 4, 2013

Redirects on and to mobile sites (are evil)


Over the next year our group plans to rebuild both the university main web site and the mobile web site. One of the discussions that came up was whether to detect the user’s device on both sites and route mobile devices hitting www.tamu.edu to the mobile site and desktop users hitting m.tamu.edu to the full site. Based on the behavior that I have seen on many university sites this is a discussion that takes place throughout higher ed. Many get it wrong. The answer, of course, is an emphatic NO!

For the philosophic reasoning, let me first go back to what I consider the central truism of our job.

Sep 23, 2013

Pew Internet – Cell Internet use 2013


Pew Internet has released their 2013 survey on Cell Internet use. In general, it illustrates the continuing and growing trend of using cellular mobile devices to access the internet. Highlights from this year’s survey include the fact that 63% of people go online using their phones (up from 55% in 2012 and 31% in 2009), and that 85% of people aged 18-29 use their phone to go online.

Of the 63% who use their phone to go online, 34% of them mostly use their phone to go online. In the 18-29 age group, 50% of people fall into this category.

Details of the survey can be found at http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Cell-Internet/Summary-of-Findings/Cell-Internet-Access.aspx.

Sep 2, 2013

On-campus responsive web design training at no charge

Communicator Designer Developer Manager Resource Center

Join the Texas A&M Mobile Team for a practical, hands-on workshop on implementing a responsive website. The no-charge one-day course will be offered on two separate days to accommodate interested participants. Please bring your laptop. Lunch and training materials provided. Training is open to members of The Texas A&M University System.

When: September 19 OR October 23, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: General Services Complex, Room 101 B&C

Register: https://secure.touchnet.com/C21490_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=190&CATID=341. Hurry! Enrollment is limited to 20 seats per session.

See the training agenda and schedule. Please send questions to it-coms@tamu.edu.