University website gets makeover

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Notice anything different about the University of the Incarnate Word’s website lately?

It’s been redesigned.

The redesigned “uiw.edu” web site was launched Sept. 19 with the help of more than 100 content editors from across the UIW community, said Troy Knickerbocker, web development manager.

The new site represents the culmination of more than a year of work, beginning with the selection of a new Content Management System, or CMS, last fall, Knickerbocker said. More than a dozen companies were evaluated during the process, with three finalists presenting their products to a CMS selection committee comprising a cross-section of the campus.

OmniUpdate’s OU Campus was chosen, based on a feature set designed for higher-education clients. The most popular CMS in higher education, OU Campus is used by more than 800 schools, and has been chosen Best CMS in Higher Education by University Business magazine each of the last two years.

Implementation began this spring, with information sessions on campus for editors, a new server configuration implemented, and site architecture designed.

While the CMS was configured, a redesign of the site was undertaken under the guidance of the university’s Web Advisory Group. Web Development worked with local design firm Giles-Parscale to develop the new look.

“This was especially appropriate, given that several graduates of UIW’s Computer Graphic Arts program are employed at GP, and helped guide the redesign on their end,” Knickerbocker said.

During the summer, training of site editors and content migration for more than 4,000 pages took place, in preparation for the launch.

The site is now responsive, with page layouts changing based on the screen size of the device the site visitor is using. “This is especially important, given that at any given time, approximately 20 percent of site visitors are viewing the site on tablets or phones,” Knickerbocker said.

Web Development staff looks forward to continued development of the site; a website truly is a publication that is never finished, he said.

Should you note any problems with the site, please contact Web Development at webteam@uiwtx.edu

 

Jenifer Jaffe

UIW Editor 2014-15

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