May 3, 2018 - https now enabled
We have been working hard to improve user experience for websites across Stony Brook University, and we are excited to announce the rollout of HTTPS on all of our websites!
With this update, your sites and pages will improve in the following ways:
- SEO and Search rankings will show gradual improvement over time.
- Sites will "look" more official, showing a green Lock icon in the user's web browser.
- HTTPS sites and pages outperform HTTP.
Read more on the benefits of HTTPS: https://www.computerworld.com/article/3180690/security/its-time-to-turn-on-https-the-benefits-are-well-worth-the-effort.html
What this means for you: If you are simply inputting standard content into OU Campus, you don't need to change a thing! Continue using the system as you have. However, chances are you may need to keep an eye out for a mixed content warning on your site and fix the issue.
A Mixed content warning occurs when your page's HTML is loaded over a secure HTTPS connection, but other resources (such as images, videos, stylesheets, scripts) are loaded over an insecure HTTP connection.
If you occasionally embed a custom element from another site, you will need to ensure that you are including the asset on your page using the HTTPS protocol, and not HTTP, to avoid mixed content warnings. Examples of this include:
- An image embedded from another site other than stonybrook.edu (you should never do this; instead, if you have permission and a license to use the image, upload it to your site in OU Campus and link to it from there)
- A custom flicker embed.
- A video embed.
- A flash obect (note, flash is outdated and should no longer be used in production)
- A custom iframe to another web page
May 1, 2018 - There's a Snippet for That!
Remember, chances are high that a snippet exists for most common customizations, such as a flickr embed or a Twitter stream or a YouTube video player. Be sure to check out the OU Campus snippet library before coding something yourself.