Website Redesign 2019
What's Happening Now
There are several important dates on the road to the new troy.edu. *All dates listed are tentative and subject to change.
November 1 - Shell CMS User Training
The initial high-level user training was completed for the content management system. This training covered how to complete the content edits and updates required prior to transition to the production CMS.
November 2 – Shell CMS Access
Initial access to the shell CMS was made available for users to begin editing and updating content.
November 6 - Shell CMS Page Assignments
The Marketing and Communication staff will provide individual page links to users to simplify the process of navigating the back end of the CMS. This is a critical part of the website redesign process. CMS users will play an incredibly important role during this phase. With roughly two weeks of access to the shell CMS, we ask users to carve out some time each day to dedicate to this process.
November 21 – Production CMS Migration
The deadline for content updates and edits is November 20, as the migration of content to the production CMS will occur on November 21. This process will transition all of the updated website content to the production CMS for additional visual styling prior to launch.
Shell CMS Training
View the initial training video for users of the shell content management system. This video covers the highlights of navigating the shell CMS and managing page content. For additional help working within the shell CMS, please contact us.
What We’ve Accomplished
Research and Strategy (COMPLETE)
Research and Strategy has been a key part of the website redesign process. We conducted an internal web communications survey, identified TROY website properties to better understand our digital footprint, reviewed and interviewed peer institutions, reviewed award winners and evaluated partners to assist in the process.
Information Architecture (COMPLETE)
Information architecture is the practice of organizing, structuring and labeling content in an effective and sustainable way. What this meant for TROY was developing an intuitive and simplified navigation structure for our website navigation. Several information architecture workshops were held to gather input and feedback from across the University. Additionally, user testing was completed with representation from faculty/staff and current, prospective, international and military students.
Visual Design (COMPLETE)
A new look and feel has been developed for troy.edu. This new visual design leverages modern styling and best practices.
Development and Quality Assurance (COMPLETE)
The new University website templates have been developed and tested extensively. This includes a priority focus on creating a fully accessible website that caters to all users.
Front-end Code Handoff (COMPLETE)
The front-end code has been provided to our content management system (CMS) vendor. We are in active production, turning the new website designs into functional CMS pages.
Create Content Migration Maps (COMPLETE)
A key step in this process is the evaluation of content, making sure that pages are targeted toward the appropriate audiences. University websites were broken out page-by-page, and reviewed by the website advisory team and affiliated TROY faculty/staff.
Develop Full Sitemap (COMPLETE)
A fully redesign website navigation structure was developed, along with the creation of search engine optimized URLs. This allows for TROY content to be presented in an easily navigable fashion to website visitors and search engines.
Shell/Production CMS Setup (COMPLETE)
The new content management system powering the TROY website was setup in two separate instances. The shell CMS allows for the editing of core website content while development on the production CMS is ongoing. Content from the shell CMS will be migrated to the production CMS when development is complete. Final visual and content edits will take place on the production CMS prior to launch of the live website.
What’s in Progress and Upcoming
Governance (In Progress)
Governance is the structure of people, processes and policies to maintain and manage the TROY, website. For TROY this relates to University policy and website workflows and approvals. An updated epolicy is in development and Marketing and Communication staff will be working directly with website advisory team members and key leaders across the University to develop the workflows and approvals that will be key to a fluid and functional website.
Content Cleanup on Shell CMS (In Progress)
TROY website content is been migrated into the shell CMS. Marketing and Communication, vendor partners and users across the University are editing and updating the content and pages that will make up the core of the new troy.edu at launch.
Migration of Internal Content to Intranet (In Progress)
Using the information provided in the content migration maps, Information Technology is developing a new Intranet that will be located at my.troy.edu. This new intranet is a password-protected area of our website that will provide information and resources for current students, faculty and staff.
Build Templates in Production CMS (In Progress)
The newly designed website templates developed in the visual design phase of this project are being built into the production CMS.
Secondary CMS Training (Upcoming)
Prior to migrating content from the shell CMS to the production CMS, users will be trained on using the fully functional production CMS.
Migration of Content from Shell CMS to Production CMS / New Templates (Upcoming)
Edited and updated content in the shell CMS will be migrated to the production CMS for final revisions and visual styling.
Review of All Pages Possible for Appropriate Styling of Page Content and Elements (Upcoming)
Once the production CMS is populated with content, a final review of pages and content will be completed to ensure the most content possible is reviewed for accuracy and appropriate visual styling.
Launch the newly redesigned and content-managed troy.edu website. Even after launch, continuing updates and edits will be required to make sure our website is the best it can be.