The recent restructure of the University of Westminster website allowed us to capitalise on the opportunity to restructure, not only the presentation of courses throughout the website but many areas that are indirectly linked.
Staff profiles throughout the University have never had a consistent template. The issue pre-dated the current website and was mainly due to the old website being split into separate schools. The consolidation of those separate websites in 2009 left us with a mixture of staff profile templates in the new website.
…continue reading the post New staff profile templates for 2012
Since being at the helm of the University’s website, we’ve done a lot of tweaking of the existing design.
We’re now at the point where we need to make some real change to how we communicate with our target audiences visually. It’s an obvious conclusion to make but hard to implement without certain building blocks.
…continue reading the post It’s all in the design
Most schools manage their research offering differently, which is why we’ve taken a broad view that should appease everyone. Following the website restructure and launch on 31 October, the research centres can now be found in one area.
This is the first step in producing a unique website for every research centre/group. But we must have a uniform approach to how they are structured in the website.
…continue reading the post New information architecture for research
As we move towards a redesign and restructure of our website, we depend more and more on our website statistics. So it just so happens that when we need these stats the most, Google Analytics (GA) is undertaking a major overhaul of its entire interface.
Many have speculated that Google is ready to enter the high-end enterprise level analytics scene with a package like Omniture. But until then, we will have to make do with the range of features available from GA.
…continue reading the post Google Analytics is changing
The University of Westminster is undergoing its fourth website redesign. The focus of this redesign is student recruitment, the mainstay of the University business.
The previous redesign addressed some serious issues relating to the publication of signed-in and public pages. When logged into the University network it’s not possible to determine whether a web page held on the “wmin” domain is publicly accessible. It also provided a much needed new skin and a new CMS called Squiz Matrix. It was a leap forward for the University then, but was only ever a first step in the right direction.
…continue reading the post Redeveloping the University website