Call to Actions

This weekend, while rolling out some minor module updates, we also added a way to convert a link from this:

Picture of a link on the page

to this:

Picture of an Orange Call to Action Button

If you’re not a fan of orange, you can also use the blue version:

Picture of a Blue Call to Action Button

These big, hard to miss buttons are the page’s Call To Action (CTA). When you’re working on a page, you should be thinking about what the CTA for each of your pages is. What do you want the visitor to do on that page? Is your page purely informational (example: financial aid disbursement schedule)? Or are you trying to get them to take some sort of action (example: register for the Convening the State event)? If your page falls into the latter, you may want to consider the above CTA buttons.

To use them, you’ll need to add two classes to your link. For orange, you’d add cta and cta-orange, for blue you’d add cta and cta-blue. Don’t know what that means? Don’t worry about it! Just give Lori a call and she’ll walk you through it. Super easy.

One more thing: your page should only have one CTA. If there’s absolutely, positively, no way at all in the world you can have just one CTA, you can maybe add a second. If you have a bunch of CTA’s, you’re not helping people find what they need, you’re splitting their attention and making it unclear what they should do. And wherever possible, we should be trying to make it clear what we want people do on our pages – remember, people skim more than they read.

IE9 & 10 Support Discontinued

On January 12th, 2016, Microsoft will be discontinuing support for all versions of Internet Explorer earlier than version 11. You can read the announcement from Microsoft, as well as why and how to upgrade, here. If you run Windows at home, it’s very important that you keep your computer updated in order to help keep it safe.

Similar to when we stopped supporting Internet Explorer 8, if you choose to continue using an outdated version of Internet Explorer, it does not mean the Lane website (or most of the rest of the Internet) will suddenly stop working for you. It just means that out of the hundreds of different browser, operating system, and screen resolution combinations that we try to test, we’re no longer going to test with IE8, IE9, or IE10 – we’ll be doing our Internet Explorer testing strictly with IE 11. Since users of the all of the outdated versions of Internet Explorer combined represent less than 4% of our web traffic, most folks won’t even notice we’re doing anything different.

If you use Internet Explorer at work, you may not be able to upgrade due to administrative policy or because you use an application that requires an older version of Internet Explorer. In that case, consider using multiple browsers, where you use Internet Explorer strictly where you have to, and Firefox or Chrome everywhere else, in order to limit the number of sites Internet Explorer is exposed to.