When students log on to the GW Web page Feb. 22, they will see an updated site with more organized content, said officials in GW’s Interactive Multimedia Application Group.
The new page will have a sharper, blue background and will now fit all screen sizes, IMAG officials said. Steven Chang, senior designer of IMAG, said users will not have to scroll to see the page, regardless of their monitor’s resolution setting or size. He said the need for some users to scroll and poor layout are the top complaints about the current site.
The new site will allow students easier access to the GWeb portal, IMAG officials said. The top of the site will also include a slide show of 25 pictures of the GW campus and D.C. landmarks.
The panoramic pictures create a sense of looking through a glass window into the campus, said IMAG Manager Francesco de Leo.
Since last February, a 15-person Web Advisory Committee made up of administrators, professors and department heads met to revamp the site.
Although the new Web site was ready last June, de Leo said University officials wanted the site to be integrated with the GWeb Portal, which came out in the summer. He said the new site will be integrated with the portal.
GW created the new site in coordination with the Concept Foundry Firm. Students will see a “distinct look to the site, which you will not find anywhere else,” de Leo said. Concept Foundry also created the new digital GW logo, he said.
Different Web site owners joined the IMAG staff to brainstorm and come up with ways to make the main Web site more productive and flexible. They created the Web site to be easier to update for constant evolution, de Leo said.
De Leo also noted that it will be easier for information providers to change and update Web sites.
“This is better for content management,” he said.
For example, an organization like the Alumni House, can make an addition to its Web site, and the change will be featured on every other page linked to it, de Leo said.
The site also includes a calendar of campus events. IMAG officials said they hope more organizations and clubs will subscribe to the calendar to make it a complete viewing of events on campus.
De Leo also said the current Google search engine will be moved to the front page to allow users to search the site more quickly. While the links to content are primarily the same, getting to those links will be easier and simpler, de Leo said.