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Team/Department Sites vs. Task-Based Sites

Summary: What are Team/Department Sites and how do they differ from Task-Based Sites? Elements to include in your intranet sites are; Online Forms, Event Calendar, Document Management and Blogging. The World Wide Web is so entrenched in our everyday lives, it seems odd that only a couple of decades ago, many of the terms and concepts we take for granted were either non-existent, or only in their infancy. One term, Information Architecture (IA), which was originally conceived by Richard Wurman in 1975, finally came into vogue in 1998 with the publication of “Information Architecture for the World Wide Wide”, by

Why Every Intranet Needs Creative Intranet Pages

Summary: What is an intranet page? Benefits of creative intranet pages include brand building, employee engagement, effectively managing intranet changes and improving company culture. Soar above a basic intranet by adding creative touches! Your intranet connects your employees to valuable company resources so it’s important to engage your employees with creative intranet pages. From your intranet’s Home Page to Team Sites, if you give some creative freedom to your intranet admins or department heads, you will see wonderful things happen, such as; brand building, employee engagement, effectively managing changes and encouraging a corporate culture.

How is Intranet Usability Affecting Your Bottom Line?

Summary: What is intranet usability? Why should you care? How can it be improved? Guidelines for navigation. Overview of paper prototyping. A recent study by the Nielsen Norman Group showed that users are not happy with their intranets1. Satisfaction ratings were a dismal 66%. To put it in perspective, that is only marginally better than the Rotten Tomatoes rating for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Which was terrible.

5 Ways to Relaunch a Stale Intranet Site

Have you ever bought a new gadget that you couldn’t wait to try out? You’re so excited about it that you use it continuously and can’t believe how great it is. Then slowly after time, you start to use it less and less. The excitement isn’t there anymore, and perhaps the novelty has worn off. There are a number of reasons why this scenario could happen to your intranet.

Task-Based vs. Topic-Based Intranet Navigation

I was recently on a website and found myself cursing under my breath because I could not for the life of me find the “contact” in this website’s menu. All I wanted to do was ask a simple question via email. What led me to this website was a task. I needed an answer to my question, and after slogging through the site content, including the FAQ area, I was not successful in getting my answer. So I looked for an area to contact them. I finally found it, three layers deep under an ambiguous heading.

Modernize with an Intranet Design Theme

What is An Intranet Design Theme? When it comes to your intranet, you aren't just stuck having to learn to love your intranet design. You can easily change your design theme. You can create many design themes. An intranet design theme is a uniform collection of design elements and color schemes that are applied to the intranet to give a consistent and appealing look and feel. Using a design theme is an easy way to add appeal to pages and give them a professional look. What are the Design Theme Elements? I am so glad I asked that question. A

Slim Down Your Intranet Portal for the Summer

Summer is right around the corner and is fast approaching. It is crunch time to shed your unwanted intranet clutter before summer vacations take hold. Yes, you read that correctly – we are talking getting your intranet portal slim and trim for the summer. Summer is a great time to declutter your intranet portal to prepare for the fall, the busiest time of year for many organizations. Slimming down your intranet isn't a difficult task, it just takes a little elbow grease and good planning. Operation: Information Declutter Your intranet portal is a hub of information, although not all of

Triggering Emotions on the Intranet

Emotion. Merriam-Webster defines it as such: "a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body" - maybe not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your intranet experience. Triggering emotions on the intranet is not only possible, I submit that it is something we should strive towards. So sit back while I take you on an emotional ride. "From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere." - Dr. Seuss As the

The DOs & DON’Ts of Intranet Design

I hate to say it but there are a lot of ugly intranets out there. Believe me. I have seen them and have been called upon to do something about them on occasion. An ugly intranet is often an outdated intranet, an out-of-touch intranet or an unloved intranet. People do not want to look at an ugly intranet design any more than they want to look at my kids rotting pumpkin on the patio - not that I am cleaning that smelly mess up - the kids wanted them, they can clean them up. Well good news, you also get to

Intranet Tricks to Treat This Halloween

As Halloween is quickly approaching, I wanted to share some fun Halloween-themed intranet tricks you can implement to increase employee engagement. Not only that, but these tricks can be used over and over again, slightly modified for any holiday or company event you want to promote. Spooky Design Themes Perhaps one of the simplest ways you can gear your intranet up for Halloween is a quick theme change. Changing the theme from time to time is a great way to keep employees engaged and logging into your intranet. As the intranet manager, don't worry if you don't have a background in