December 19, 2012 STAFF/STU

New JCU homepage

Today, the John Carroll University homepage (www.jcu.edu) was re-launched using our WordPress content management system.

Day-by-day and site-by-site, the University’s web presence has been undergoing a transformation over the last two years.  More than 200 JCU websites are now in WordPress, making it easier for the Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) team and the campus community to create and manage websites.

As the most visible page on the jcu.edu website, the new homepage was created to give the University a stronger institutional presence with an updated design and a format that makes it easier to read information at a glance.

The most notable change relates to the “Faculty/Staff” and “Current Student” links that used to be in the yellow bar at the top of the old homepage. There is now a different navigational path.  All the information you previously found there is still only one click away—simply click on “Inside JCU” in the header of the new homepage (above the search bar on the top right), and then roll over either the “Current Students” or “Faculty/Staff” link in the navigation of the Inside JCU page.  You will find all of your familiar campus links in those places.

The rest of the homepage format and navigation is similar to the old version, we just updated the graphics and optimized the page for viewing on larger, higher resolution monitors that are now the norm.  It also looks better on tablets and mobile devices, and for 2013 we are working on what the industry calls a “responsive” version that will truly optimize site viewing for a screen of any size.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike Richwalsky for his leadership in making this transition happen.  I am also grateful for the support of the IMC team, particularly Kevin Hatgas and Meredith Tayek, for working with our campus clients and helping make the information architecture, design, and content of the sites as compelling as possible for target audiences.  Further, I appreciate the support of the campus community. Thank you for using WordPress for your web content management needs—and more specifically, for the many thoughtful suggestions you have made along the way that have made the system better for all of us.

Sincerely,
John A. Carfagno
Integrated Marketing and Communications
John Carroll University