Web Updates Blog
May 11, 2018
Homepage and Header Updates
You may have noticed a few changes in the past week with our homepage and header functionality. Here's a quick overview of the changes:
- The search bar was moved to the top of all pages from action navigation for ease of use and so we could feature a visit button in the action navigation.
- The rotating photos on the header at the top of the main depauw.edu landing page can now click through to another page or story. Look for updates regularly!
Faculty and Staff Gateway Changes
We are also rolling out changes to the audience gateways, located near the new search button. The first gateway to receive updates is the Faculty and Staff Gateway, which now features four quick links and a space for storytelling about DePauw employees. These updates are the first in a series of changes. Over the summer and through the Fall semester, the Communications and Marketing team will be meeting with and hearing from students in an effort to begin making changes to…
April 12, 2018
We hope you've been noticing our updates to many of the department pages as we work with each team to refresh content and convert pages to the new 'look.' We will continue these meetings, but please don't hesitate, as always, to reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
In the meantime, a few items to highlight that are new as of our 're-launch' on November 1:
Click-worthy is a new storytelling feature on the homepage. Our Communications and Marketing staff will be using this space to tell interesting and engaging stories about what is happening at DePauw as well as call attention to important items for the prospective student and visitor. Look for changes to click-worthy every two weeks.
Our 'by the numbers' section has been moved just under the header photo. Visitors can now click through any of the numbers displayed to read more highlights with additional detail or refresh on the homepage to see additional disctintions…
February 5, 2018
In November, the Office of Communications and Marketing launched a new university homepage and other top-tier pages aimed primarily at prospective students, their families, and visitors. That was Phase I of a larger, ongoing website redesign project. Phase I created an attractive new entry point to all our public web content and a revised main navigation, which provides quick access for those audience groups to discover DePauw in a more engaging, effective manner.
We began Phase II of the redesign in January. In this phase, we will help administrative and academic departments audit and update the content of their websites, then transition those pages into the fresh look of the new templates.
In addition to the unified design and layout, these new templates include: better support for mobile devices; more options for page layout and displaying photos; a wider variety of “callouts” — customizable blocks of content; and enhanced opportunities for storytelling. In all, the new design is a…
November 2, 2017
Phase I: November 2017
A New University Website
On November 1, the Office of Communications and Marketing launched the first in a series of major updates to the depauw.edu website. The focus of this initial stage was to create a space for prospective students, their families, and visitors to find out about DePauw in a more engaging, effective manner.
Here is an explanation of some of the new and revised components of the site, including the goals and ideas that went into them.
1. Main Navigation
One of our primary goals was to streamline access to our extensive website’s content — thousands of pages created by hundreds of authors over a decade and more — so it was easier to access and engage with for new or unfamiliar audiences. Prospective students should be able to spend just a few minutes on the site and come away with a firm sense of what DePauw is, what we stand for, and why they should consider applying. Similarly, for their parents, the site needs to anticipate all the most…
October 24, 2017
Dear Faculty and Staff,
I write with an update on our ongoing efforts to improve the University’s website. As many of you know, we have been working alongside an agency, Dartlet, to create a more dynamic, accessible and navigable space. Prospective students and their families are the primary target audience for our website, and current students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members will continue to be important constituents.
On November 1, 2017, you will see the first of many changes to our site when the homepage and other top-tier pages get a fresh look in Phase I of the website rollout. These are pages that prospective students and their families are likely to land on as they discover DePauw.
Web transitions take time, ongoing feedback and continued monitoring of visitor analytics. To keep you informed, we have created a Web Updates Blog where you can track our progress and provide suggestions.
Throughout the next few months, the Communications and Marketing division and…