Wesleyan’s Website: Past and Present

If you’re a Wesleyan student, you’ve probably seen the new website by now. And you probably have a strong opinion on it—with particular respect to the embarrassing new Admissions site.

But what exactly is our basis for comparison?

The Wayback Machine provides a fascinating glimpse at what the past Wesleyan websites have looked like, including some godawful 90s designs. Here’s a sample.

Wesleyan.edu in December 1997:

Website 1997

Almost as hilarious, from December 1998:

website 1998

This design stayed pretty constant until spring 2002, when Wes debuted an early version of the stylized red-and-black design:

Website 2002

See them all here, courtesy of Wayback Machine.

8 thoughts on “Wesleyan’s Website: Past and Present

  1. Roger

    I remember the 98 era webpage well. It wasn’t bad or too hard to find things.

    We were all just amazed to have a high speed ethernet connection in ’97 as cable wasn’t widespread and I don’t think DSL was common then. It was a disappointment to return to 56K modems at home. Almost nobody had a cell phone on campus and by the time I graduated in 2001 we’d heard of wireless internet but it sounded too good to be true.

    ’97/98 was also a golden age for music when mp3.com actually let you download various songs for free every week and none of the piracy lawsuits would be filed for years. By the time everyone figured this out and tools like Napster made downloading songs easy, in 1998 the campus network slowed to a crawl.

  2. Roger

    I remember the 98 era webpage well. It wasn’t bad or too hard to find things.

    We were all just amazed to have a high speed ethernet connection in ’97 as cable wasn’t widespread and I don’t think DSL was common then. It was a disappointment to return to 56K modems at home. Almost nobody had a cell phone on campus and by the time I graduated in 2001 we’d heard of wireless internet but it sounded too good to be true.

    ’97/98 was also a golden age for music when mp3.com actually let you download various songs for free every week and none of the piracy lawsuits would be filed for years. By the time everyone figured this out and tools like Napster made downloading songs easy, in 1998 the campus network slowed to a crawl.

  3. anon

    i agree that even the old one that looks like someone’s crappy geocities personal page from the 90’s is better than the stuff on there now. the admissions site needs to be changed…

  4. anon

    i agree that even the old one that looks like someone’s crappy geocities personal page from the 90’s is better than the stuff on there now. the admissions site needs to be changed…

  5. scared

    the admissions website is TERRIBLE! get that text out of there now! they’re going to attract an entire society of bad puns!

  6. scared

    the admissions website is TERRIBLE! get that text out of there now! they’re going to attract an entire society of bad puns!

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