The Clayton State Office of University Image and Communication is preparing to rollout a new home page for the University.
Image and Communication’s ongoing project of converting the editing/management/maintenance of the University website to a content management system (CMS) is approaching its public debut on Monday, Dec. 12, when a new University home page will be launched as the first step in a series of phased conversions.
According to Dolores Cox, director of Image and Communications, the new home page will feature more news targeted to external audiences as well as an enhanced visual appearance. In addition, the navigation menus have been expanded to facilitate reaching as much information as possible in one click. The URL, www.clayton.edu, will remain the same.
Cox also points out that several departments and divisions have collaborated to bring the CMS project to fruition. University Image and Communications, which includes Cox, Leanne Bradberry and Shannon Crupi, is responsible for website conversion and development. A not-insignificant task, since at least 5,000 pages of information will be moved over and re-built in the CMS. Administrative Systems, in the Office of Information Technology and Services (OITS) Division, is handling the installation and configuration of the CMS, as well as supplying technical assistance with the CMS product – DotNetNuke (DNN). Telecommunications and Networking in OITS manage the campus servers and have provided essential support throughout the transition process. In addition to the technical offices, the Center for Instructional Development in the Academic Affairs Division will be working with faculty members on individual faculty home page conversion and development.
For Clayton State University, the change to a CMS is necessary for several reasons, says Cox. FrontPage – the primary editing tool for most campus users for most of the past decade – is obsolete and no longer supported by Microsoft. In addition:
• The University website has grown in size and complexity
• A CMS enables consistent usage of University identity elements, greater flexibility in development of pages, and ease of editing for end-users
• The new structure will enhance information architecture and simplify urls
• Increased ADA compliance is assured
• Utilization of a CMS will make implementing text and mobile versions much easier
“As the University moves forward with branding initiatives, a CMS also allows for global modifications of the appearance and look-and-feel as well as facilitating targeted content for audiences,” adds Cox.