The Jan. 5 launch of Radford.edu is part of Phase I of a major project produced by Radford University’s Division of Information Technology and Digital Wave Technologies, a Philadelphia-based company specializing in website design for colleges and universities.
Phase I, which is expected to be completed by mid-February, provides Radford.edu visitors with a refashioned home page, the core site, college site, academic departmental site and five other departmental sites. Leading up to the website’s launch, RU’s Division of Information Technology professionals collaborated with members of the university community to incorporate content and restructure the site to best fit the needs of Radford.edu users.
“Working to complete the new Radford.edu has been a tremendous campus-wide endeavor,” said RU’s Director of Web Communications Jaime Hunt.
Following the initial launch of the new website, the Division of Information and Technology web team is continuing to work with other RU colleges and departments to incorporate the new architecture, design and use of the new content management system with their individual sites.
The new Radford.edu information architecture and content management system allows the university website to stay current in technological developments, provide tools for users to manage content, maintain consistent navigation and improve search capabilities, according to Danny Kemp, RU’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer (CIO).
The website redesign began more than a year ago when Digital Wave personnel began conducting a number of meetings on the RU campus to investigate and discover the needs, perceptions and uses of the Radford University website and to understand the kinds of improvements the campus community wanted to see in the redesigned site.
Digital Wave representatives and RU’s Division of Information Technology worked closely throughout the process with the website Project Steering Committee, which was comprised of more than 40 students, faculty and staff members.