WebHare is the CMS of the UT, a system for managing website content, and at the UT the websites of all faculties, services and institutes are built in webhare. WebHare is much more than 'just' a CMS. In addition to website, WebHare is used to build/manage applications and newsletters are sent via the Webhare module: Pronuntio and intranets (with or without login) are managed. WebHare also functions as a management system for virtual webservers.
The Online Media team from M&C can create new websites (for departments, educational programmes, projects etc.) in webhare. This is not subject to costs, not for new websites, and not for new user accounts either. WebHare is an institution system and costs are paid centrally/jointly. Every WebHare site that is created by the Online Media department automatically receives the UT house style (corporate black/white or institution-specific), or the 4TU house style. Would you like to request a free website for a project, department etc.? We have an overview of the available UT templates.
Search engine optimisation: All sub website that are managed in Webhare are generally placed under www.utwente.nl/*. That means that all WebHare sites are automatically included in the www.utwente.nl search engine optimisation (SEO). Anyone with a subdomain/hostname outside WebHare in the form of*.utwente.nl must arrange for his or her own SEO. Yes/No SEO has major consequences for assessment/findability by Google.
Support by Online Media department: The approx. 1500 WebHare users at the UT are supported by the Online Media department. This is the place where users can go if they have questions. They provide free courses on a regular basis (light-course and full-course).
Simple management for everyone: People who do not know how to use html can work with an online editor in WebHare. In addition, users can upload other file types such as pdf, xls, ppt etc. Advanced users work in WebHare with js, xml, html etc if so desired.
Changes/relocations: If a department/educational programme does change its name at some point, there are many options in Webhare to set redirects (at page level), to communicate the changes Google in a proper manner, and thus transfer the 'value' or 'Google Page Rank' of the old URL to the new. The webserver module can be used to manage not just sites within utwente.nl, but also other domains.
Webhare users log in using their m- or s-number account. If desired, users are granted access to the statistics of their website in Google Analtyics. In addition to text/images it is of course also possible to place videos. Other standard features include banners, photo albums, social media integration (for example buttons at the bottom of the page for sharing content), bilingualism, a search engine and a link checker to detect broken links. In addition, handy use is made of internal links, external links and content links to simplify management.
There are various possibilities for intranets: screening by IP address or by means of a login.
The Webpack module offers forms, fora, polls and a guest book. Forms are often used to maintain convention registrations or other events online, sending participants e-mails automatically etc.
This site offers assistance in using several functionalities in WebHare, such as linking to Social Media, creating intranets, RSS feeds, etc. Would you like to know more about WebHare or the company that created it (B-Lex), please visit www.b-lex.nl. B-Lex is a spin-off of the UT, and has a portofolio on the website that allows you to see which other organisations use the products and services offered by B-Lex.