Wesleyan Website Redesign

If you haven’t heard yet, the Wesleyan website is getting a redesign, and they’re looking to get lots of feedback from students. In addition to meeting with a student focus group (which I am part of), they’ve set up a blog where you can comment on the old site and where they’ll put updates and other things.

As far as the actual update goes, the homepage will come first, with the understanding that the rest of the site will need to follow. Some of the main things we discussed when the focus group met were the search engine, overall site organization, and the need for maintaining cohesive and updated sub-pages. If you have comments on those or other issues specifically please go comment on the redesign blog and not here so that the people who need to be reading your comments actually can.

20 thoughts on “Wesleyan Website Redesign

  1. Anonymous

    is Wes using a design firm to assist or is it all in-house? Middlebury is also doing a web redesign and they are using a design firm…

  2. Anonymous

    is Wes using a design firm to assist or is it all in-house? Middlebury is also doing a web redesign and they are using a design firm…

  3. Anonymous

    let’s be honest, it’s easier to google “wesleyan + search term” than it is to find anything through wesleyan’s own portal. Shitty indexing, broken referrals, clumsy web architecture… I find everything i need through google or wesleying.

  4. Anonymous

    let’s be honest, it’s easier to google “wesleyan + search term” than it is to find anything through wesleyan’s own portal. Shitty indexing, broken referrals, clumsy web architecture… I find everything i need through google or wesleying.

  5. Anonymous

    Great Idea: let students design and run the University web presence. While we’re at it – Why not let the pre-med students provide health services and pre-finance students run the endowment fund?

  6. Anonymous

    Great Idea: let students design and run the University web presence.
    While we’re at it – Why not let the pre-med students provide health services and pre-finance students run the endowment fund?

  7. vernon

    katrina — Fair enough. But I also feel that if people don’t necessarily feel comfortable posting over there (which requires both a name and an e-mail) then they shouldn’t be discouraged from sharing their opinions here.

  8. vernon

    katrina — Fair enough. But I also feel that if people don’t necessarily feel comfortable posting over there (which requires both a name and an e-mail) then they shouldn’t be discouraged from sharing their opinions here.

  9. katrina

    @vernonBut it would be a lot simpler for them to have all of the comments consolidated on one page, rather than having to worry about how many other pages people might be commenting on (Wesleying? ACB? ShoutBox on Wesleying? etc.).

  10. katrina

    @vernon
    But it would be a lot simpler for them to have all of the comments consolidated on one page, rather than having to worry about how many other pages people might be commenting on (Wesleying? ACB? ShoutBox on Wesleying? etc.).

  11. vernon

    They’ll see this as well. Part of their recent strategy seems to be embracing the web (Twitter, Delicious, Facebook, etc…) rather than keeping it on their own website, so I think this should be okay. This has the benefit that students might actually see the comments as well.I know I mentioned in my own comment that I think the homepage is the most important, but if the problems are “the search engine, overall site organization, and the need for maintaining cohesive and updated sub-pages,” which I agree with, then they should focus on those pages as well.As much as the front page offends my personal aesthetic, it’s not that bad, and it does the job. The subpages don’t. It’s simply impossible to find anything.

  12. vernon

    They’ll see this as well. Part of their recent strategy seems to be embracing the web (Twitter, Delicious, Facebook, etc…) rather than keeping it on their own website, so I think this should be okay. This has the benefit that students might actually see the comments as well.

    I know I mentioned in my own comment that I think the homepage is the most important, but if the problems are “the search engine, overall site organization, and the need for maintaining cohesive and updated sub-pages,” which I agree with, then they should focus on those pages as well.

    As much as the front page offends my personal aesthetic, it’s not that bad, and it does the job. The subpages don’t. It’s simply impossible to find anything.

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