Friday, 29 July 2011

Overall web sustainability strategy used.

Stage 1

  • Rescue the site. Capture a copy of the site. Software selected for this job is the free software WinHTTrack Website Copier ( It is easy to install and use. Keep back-up copies in several places just in case. For more details click here.
  • Temporary hosting: dropbox is a good choice. You can transfer the static HTML content straight in a public folder. For more details click here on moving a site to dropbox and for some of the issue click here.
  • Add Google Analytics
  • Select a free hosting site. 
Option 1:A Google Sites solution was investigate
    • Google Sites ( has been selected as the alternative platform for several reasons:
      •  It is a freely available resource, allowing this approach to be replicated with other at risk resources.
      • It allows changes for individual pages or the entire site remotely by subscription
        •  It integrates with a number of Google-based tools (such as Analytics, Webmaster tools, YouTube, Google Docs and Picasa).
    Option 2: Stick with the dropbox solutions it provides a free hosting option that is publically accessible.

    Option 3: Use a site such as which can produce a mobile version of the site as well, but you are reliant and someone accepting the site and maintaining it.

    Option 4: Amazon Web Services again free hosting with some data backup.

    Options 3 and 4 are still under investigation.

    Stage 2

    • Scan the site for what needs to be moved across. Tools such as PowerMapper are good choices. For details click here.
    • Look at Search Engine Optimisation
      • Image maps versus flash. For more details click here.
      • Keywords - six keywords
      • Description: A short summary description of the page not the site.
      • Title: Made up of two parts. first "East Midlands Knowledge Network:" and the second part made up of the University name and either the company or specialist service.
    • Add Analytics. Google provide guidance on setting this up.

    Stage 3
    Replicate the site based on stage 2 on the free hosting site. If the pages are static HTML transferring them to the new site is relatively easy.

    Stage 4
    Let the search engines know where it is. Some suggestions can be found from this blog at including using Sitemaps

    Stage 5
    Getting feedback a free online Survey Tool (EsurveyPro) was been used (the link to this is below). Emails and social network tools were used, anecdotally LinkedIn produced the largest response rate. 

    This work has been supported by funding from JISC. The site can be viewed at

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