Projects

Our primary work revolves around the UIS Website: determining the structure, creating and maintaining websites, creating sophisticated technical webpage features, and serving as the liaison to the campus in all web-related matters.

This page highlights the many projects we are involved in and the technologies we use to deliver these projects:

Web Technologies We Use

Languages

  • PHP 5
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • SCSS
  • JavaScript

Databases

  • MySQL
  • SQL Server

Content Management System

  • WordPress

Libraries

  • jQuery
  • Twitter Bootstrap
  • Font Awesome
  • jPlayer
  • three.js

APIs

  • Flickr
  • Google Analytics
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • XML Data from other APIs

Tools

  • Git – Source Code Management
  • Bitbucket – Git project management
  • Composer – PHP dependency manager
  • Bower – web package manager
  • Koala app – SCSS and JavaScript compilation and minification
  • Sublime Text – editor for code and markup

Analytics

  • Google Tag Manager
  • Google Analytics

On the Web

UIS Homepage

We oversee the primary UIS website, including the campus homepage and the top-level pages of the website, and we reside within the Chancellor’s Division.

UIS Websites

We are the primary developer of all official UIS websites using the WordPress Content Management System. We design, program, and develop web accessible, standards-compliant websites following the UIS Campus Web Policy.

We have developed three official WordPress Themes (Homepage, Department/Unit, and Top Level/Recruitment) that are used by the university. We oversee 170+ department and unit websites.

Web Features

We develop, create and implement interactive web features that periodically take the place of the university’s weekly featured photos on the UIS homepage. We also help create picture stories for the university. For example, when students start at UIS, they may not know what those next four years will be like. By graduation day, they have advice to give, stories to tell, and memories to share.


Multimedia

Cinemagraphs

We collaborate with Campus Relations to develop, create and implement Cinemagraphs that take the place of the university’s weekly featured photos on the UIS homepage. Cinemagraphs are still photographs that contain minor movements. They exist in a space between a photograph and video that brings life to an image.

360° Photos, Video and Virtual Reality (VR)

We produce 360° Photos, Video and Virtual Reality (VR) projects that are featured on the UIS homepage and in many other online spaces, for example we have produced a 360° video about summer soccer camps, stories about the sculptures at UIS, and more.


Web Analytics

We have code on all of our WordPress websites, and can look at some amazing insights about how visitors find and use our websites. We analyze these insights and improve our websites based on these statistics. We have programmed tools for campus website Editors to view statistics for their department/unit websites.


UIS Mobile App

We have designed and developed the UIS Mobile app with industry standard technologies to enhance the mobile experience of our students, faculty, staff, and the general public. We research, plan, develop, and deliver the UIS mobile app, as well as redesign, rewrite, and rebuild the app based on continued research.


Training and Support

Documentation

We create many How-To documents and handouts to help campus website Editors learn techniques for working with images, Webtools Toolbox tools, social media, and more.

Workshops

We offer workshops, Brown Bags, Web Help sessions and other opportunities for you to learn more and share knowledge with each other.

WebTools Toolbox

We offer workshops, documentation, and support for the WebTools Toolbox. The WebTools Toolbox was created by the University of Illinois main campus Web Services Unit, and offers a variety of tools to help with online and electronic communications.


Past Projects

  • E-Commerce Solutions
    The Office of Web Services developed e-commerce solutions that worked directly with the University of Illinois iPay system, allowing you to process online credit card transactions from your department website.
  • What’s New on the Web at Illinois Springfield
    This HTML email and podcast was sent monthly in 2008, 2009 and 2010 to over 13,000 friends of UIS. Listen to the podcast »
  • The Year in Photos
    We compiled some of the year’s best photos for 2006 – 2010 into motion slide shows available on our website, as DVDs and on our YouTube channel.
  • In addition, we have developed several projects for State agencies in cooperation with the Center for State Policy and Leadership.