GenY to the Xpower

Sharepoint Designer Virgin by Valerie Hoven

I’m about to use Sharepoint Designer for the first time today! Our corporate IS team won’t let us use it, but I found out that our School of Medicine WILL let us use it! (I have to manage sites for both entities sometimes, but two different organizations on two different servers…)

So I already told our Webmaster to not expect any more Web work from me today, as I’m playing with my intranet site for the rest of the day 🙂

The co-organization project is actually for our marketing departments. Sometimes the hospital writes stories about patients with lung disease, but our school of medicine might have a video  from a doctor about lung disease, so I’m creating a joint intranet site where we can post our stories, videos and podcasts and share them with each other. No use in reinventing the wheel folks! I’m thinking of making the site a wiki. Any suggestions?


Banners on intranet sites by Valerie Hoven
February 15, 2010, 6:35 pm
Filed under: Intranet | Tags: , , ,

Today I read a great blog post about banners on intranets. Do they work? This blog is a great model for me I think because it poses the problem AND the solution! There are so many blogs and articles out there that just list why things don’t work with no further information on how to make things work!

Our intranet tried to have rotating banners, but that failed when we realized that users spend less than five seconds on the homepage, and our banner rotated every five seconds. Users never saw any banners after the first! I did find the HTML for rotating banners where it can show the next banner upon refresh rather than always defaulting to the first one.

Our intranet will continue to have one banner that showcases a new photo every week or so, but it doesn’t link to anything and it’s not necessarily a promotion. Any events or news that requires heavy promotion still just get a calendar item and possibly a news announcement. But we include photos any time we can!