President Esteban recently said that “spring holds the promise of new beginnings”. This holds true for the University homepage, which received a delayed redesign this week. As originally planned for the Fall, the first phase of the web team’s web redesign project launched successfully Wednesday afternoon, bringing the first major aesthetic changes to www.shu.edu since 2005! For all the details on this new homepage, check out the full write up in Web Redesign Project, Part 1.
What happened last fall? Even when it comes to one page and a “global header and footer”, technology presents challenges. Although we conducted testing during the development of our code, some of the the new drop-down navigational links now appearing site wide were not rendering as anticipated as we approached our update. Notably, the :hover events with touch input in Internet Explorer 10 on the Windows tablets distributed during our award winning mobile computing program were not what we expected.
Our commitment to user experience is a priority, so we elected to re-code our links. Unfortunately, when it comes to change, timing is everything. With finals and the holiday break approaching, we preferred not to make any changes that might change our students’ expectations of the site. Once classes resumed in 2013 and we had past the add/drop period, we were ready to move forward. We’re hoping you like the results!
This is one of many new beginnings for our website. In the near feature we look forward moving to the cloud, recreating many of the dynamic elements for our unique content and communications as well as reinvent the sites you may already know. In the meantime, we are always looking for feedback. Questions and comments are most welcome below, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.