The New

You're seeing a new look, powered by a new design. But this is not a finish line, only a starting line.

Make no mistake, getting here has involved hundreds of people and untold thousands of hours. Cutting-edge technology blended with creativity. But this is still a work on progress. (Related story: Easier navigation, simplicity highlights of new web design.)

The design puts a friendly face forward, seeking more simplicity as well as greater flexibility. You'll notice drop-down menus for some main navigation items at left, to help those hitting the home page find information faster. A brand new footer (below, in expanded mode) connects popular sites from every single page. We're rolling out new pages and sections, but you'll still find pages with the old look initally. We have many areas remaining to migrate to Ingeniux, our new content management system, but more and more move every day.

screen shot of new footer expanded

A huge change behind the scenes involves this new content management system. Featuring greater usability as well as versatility, Ingeniux will allow our more than 200 web editors to accomplish things in fewer steps, making it easier to keep pages current and compelling.

screen image of biological sciences landing pageOne new feature friendly to prospective students is a suite of landing pages -- a kind of online viewbook for those seeking quick information about our academic programs. You can see a list of landing pages at right, with more under development for interdisciplinary and other programs. We plan to position these to come up higher in search engines to capture the attention of those looking for areas to study, then to complement and call to department and program pages with even more information.

Technically speaking, that piece you see at right is called a component. It's an example of reusable content we're constructing through Ingeniux. It allows our campus web editors to create and update information on one place to appear on several pages -- keeping our website more current and dynamic.

We know that hitches and glitches are part of every major project, so we've set up a Bug Center with more information, suggestions and opportunity to let us know if you find anything.