Web Redesign Launches with New Look, New Features

Posted on 7/22/2015 1:35:48 PM

Mobile Devices showing new iup.edu

With today’s launch of the new website, IUP unveils responsive design for mobile devices, improved site navigation, and an assortment of new features in addition to a new look.  

The Web Team, IT Services, and the Design Studio worked together over the past year to complete the redesign in-house in time for the summer launch.

This week’s update covers IUP’s 10 most-viewed sites. Additional web pages will be converted in the coming weeks to bring the whole website on board.

While the new look does an excellent job of representing IUP to the world, the new functions and design features strengthen our online presence.

Some of our new features:

  • Responsive Design. Our new responsive design is automatically optimized for mobile devices. With 34 percent of our outside web traffic coming from mobile devices last year, this is a vital upgrade.
  • Improved Navigation. Breadcrumbs and menus have been combined and redesigned for ease of use. New pages are automatically added to the menu, improving navigation sitewide.
  • No More Numbered URLs. Our URLs are now much easier to understand and share. The new wording helps to bring more traffic to our site from search engines.
  • In Line with Current IUP Graphic Standards. The new design presents a consistent image to prospective students when they compare what they see online to what we send in the mail.
  • Wider Content Area. A content area that’s 41 percent wider on desktop computers gives us more room to show all that we have to offer. Photos and videos look great at this larger size. (And on smaller screens, the content area slims down to fit.)
  • Visual Page Layout. Our new templates allow web maintainers to assemble pages visually instead of through metadata or a multizone form. 

The remaining sites will be completed in order from most viewed to least viewed. Web maintainers will be notified when we are preparing to convert a site to the new template. The process may only take a day for most sites. During that time, access to that site for editing will be limited.