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Updates to the University website footer

We are making some changes to the footer information that appears on every University web page published by EdWeb. In this post we’ll outline what’s changing and why.

This update is coming because we’re changing the way the University homepage is managed, as part of the final group of switch overs from the old CMS, Polopoly, to the new EdWeb CMS service.

In Polopoly, the University homepage has been managed completely separately from all other homepages. That’s how Communications and Marketing (who manage it) have been able to adopt different approaches to homepage layout unavailable to everyone else.

One aspect of this is the footer (the bottom-most element containing the accessibility and privacy statements, amongst other things) where the University homepage contains more information than every other page.

Screengrab of the footer of a University web page

The current footer appearing on all pages published using Polopoly.


Screengrab of the footer element of the University homepage

The current footer appearing on the University homepage, published using Polopoly.

With EdWeb, the University homepage will be managed with the same CMS template as all other homepages, so we need to harmonise what is presented in the footer across the whole site. So as part of an upcoming batch of enhancements, we will amend the footer to include the University’s charitable status and a link to information about our highest profile affiliations.

The new footer will look something like this:

Design concept of the new University webpage footer element

A design concept, illustrating how the webpage footer, appearing on all pages generated using EdWeb is likely to appear in the near future.

This change will have no impact on the presentation of of subsite banners which continue to be in the control of the website manager.

Screengrab of the footer elements of the EdWeb demo website

The footer for the EdWeb Demo website contains both information specific to the site (the subsite footer) and information presented across all pages pubished with EdWeb (the global footer).

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