University Website Redesign Project Updates

12/04/12: UPDATE: School of Mines New Campus Website

  Project Implementation:

  1. UR web team is making a design change to the site which includes a modification to the site background. ITS will implement.
  2. Navigation issues have finally been resolved as of last Friday, November 30, 2012.
  3. UR web team is now working on adding and refining site navigation and sub-navigation.
  4. We continue to add images.
  5. UR/ITS launch checklist to be drafted.

Project Review:

1) Academic Departments: begin review on December 15, 2012. Deadline for corrections: Friday, January 4, 2013.
Instructions will be provided for review on the staging server as the website will not be live.

2) Review of website content per supplied copy deck.

3) Basic corrections will be made per supplied copy deck, but additional changes must be kept to a minimum until Phase II.

4) All other institutional groups: begin review January 15, 2013 (certain departments may be asked to begin review earlier.)

Phase I Launch:
1) Website Launch date: Friday February 28, 2013.

2) The weekend will be used by UR/ITS to work through any technical issues with launch.

Phase II:
1) Department publishers will be identified and announced in March, 2013.

2) Department publishers will begin training April/May, 2013.

3) Additional website content may be identified.

 

 For those who currently update information on the existing site, we’d ask you to:  

  • keep your information current;

  • inform us of any substantial changes that would impact work on the new site (new degrees, programs, department names, etc.), and

  • request help, as always, if you run into problems.

We'd like to keep work on the old site to the minimum necessary, but realize it still has to serve its purpose until the new website is available.

Questions? Contact Web Designers Marsha Ahrenkiel at 394--1738 or marsha.ahrenkiel@sdsmt.edu; or Julia Easton at 394-2478 or julia.easton@sdsmt.edu.

 


 09/18/12: UPDATE: School of Mines New Campus Website - 09/18/12 Update

For those who wonder if it's more myth than reality, University Relations and ITS want you to know that their work continues on the NEW CAMPUS WEBSITE.

Receipt of the initial Ektron templates occurred in late July, with testing and modifications in early August. For the last 30 days we have been learning how to use this new content management system and are transferring content. The website will be delivered in four implementation phases.

In the first phase, the content that now exists on the current Estrada site is moved to the new site and reorganized to enhance the experience of user audiences. Standalone sites that are currently separately branded (e.g. CAMP, Devereaux Library, Bookstore, Athletics, Apex Gallery, most of our research labs and centers) will remain as is for the time being.

Phase I: completion is estimated for spring semester 2013 with a target for the end of January. At that time the new site will be launched and available to users. Until the new site is launched, we appreciate your continued patience while we balance work on the new site with maintenance and updates to the existing site. For the next few months, it will be a juggling act.

Phase II: (brief)

After initial launch, we will begin phase of training department personnel to use the new content management system (CMS). Set-up publishing workflow and approval processes as needed.

Phase III:

Bring aforementioned standalone sites into the Ektron CMS; focus on mobile, social media and eCommerce module.

Phase IV:

The site will go through continuous quality improvement and vetted from a strategic marketing standpoint. Our goal will be to evaluate web metrics and increase internal use of site (i.e. log-in areas for flow of information between faculty/students)

For those who currently update information on the existing site, we'd ask you to:

  • keep your information current;

  • inform us of any substantial changes that would impact work on the new site (new degrees, programs, department names, etc.), and

  • request help, as always, if you run into problems.

We'd like to keep work on the old site to the minimum necessary, but realize it still has to serve its purpose until the new website is available.

Questions? Contact Web Designers Marsha Ahrenkiel at 394-1738 or marsha.ahrenkiel@sdsmt.edu; or Julia Easton at 394-2478 or julia.easton@sdsmt.edu.

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