University spends $2 million on Web redesign

The University has spent more than $2 million on creating the new University Web presence so far, University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said last week.

The first phase of the project, launched Aug. 10, is part of the University’s multi-year endeavor to create an integrated design for all GW Web sites across schools, departments and programs within the University.

“To date, we have invested approximately $1 million on the technology support for the project,” Sherrard said in an e-mail. “We have invested approximately $1 million on layout, navigation, and structure. We have also invested additional resources for content support such as writers and editors.”

According to a post on the new www.gwu.edu, “the updated site features six main content areas that allows viewers to explore the exciting and multifaceted world of GW: Explore, apply, learn, discover, connect, and give.”

The woman leading the push for a unified Web presence, Vice President for External Relations Lorraine Voles, said the previous site was “made up of numerous designs, structures and voices,” and lacked consistency across the University’s many different departments and schools.

Voles said to expect the launches of more redesigned Web sites in the next couple of months. The first phase of the site was originally expected to launch in January, but was pushed back to August.

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