November 24, 2014

Two New Services Offer Ready-to-Launch Websites for Libraries

Two New Services Offer Ready-to-Launch Websites for Libraries

Library web hosting provider LISHost this month launched Library CMS, a modular, Drupal-based content management system template tailored to the needs of library websites. The move follows the March debut of Prefab, a Wordpress-based CMS template designed for libraries by user experience (UX) consultancy Influx. Both are offered in conjunction with web hosting and are positioned as affordable, comprehensive website redesign services for individual libraries and small systems.

Starting with Simplicity | The User Experience

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There are lots of ways to make life easier for the members of your library, but the simplest might be to step back and rethink your website.

Save the Time of the Reader | The User Experience

If your library has a website, you are in the publishing business. Taking your role as website publisher seriously means taking writing ­seriously.

After 17 Years, Library Website Directory Libweb to Shut Down

Libweb, the long-running web-based directory of library websites, is “being put out to pasture,” according to a post late yesterday on the Web4Lib listserv from Libweb’s founder and administrator, Thomas Dowling, assistant director of library systems at OhioLINK. The 17-year-old site, which lists links to more than 8000 library websites in 146 countries, will no […]

Resist That Redesign | The User Experience

Don’t redesign your website. You will be tempted, especially if your website hasn’t received adequate attention in the past few years—but don’t do it. Learn from some of the most successful websites around. Amazon, Apple, Google, and Netflix have never done major redesigns. They’ve slowly evolved their sites instead. Like them, plan to make many small improvements constantly to your website through incremental iterative changes.