Website Redesign 2019
What's Happening Now
December 5 - Launch – Production CMS Open for Editing
Following training, the production CMS re-opened for editors to review and style their assigned pages. The CMS will remain open and marketing will be on call to assist.
View the training video for Troy University content management system end-users. This video covers the basics of working within our our CMS and managing page content 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.
Content Cleanup on Shell CMS (COMPLETE)
TROY website content migrated into the shell CMS. MarCom, vendor partners and users across the University edited and updated the content and pages that will make up the core of the new troy.edu at launch.
Templates Built into Production CMS (COMPLETE)
The newly designed website templates developed in the visual design phase of this project have been built into the production CMS.
Migration of Content from Shell CMS to Production CMS / New Templates (COMPLETE)
Edited and updated content in the shell CMS migrated to the production CMS for final revisions and visual styling.
December 5-6 – Production CMS Training
OmniUpdate hosted training sessions on the Troy Campus and through WebEx.
What’s in Progress and Upcoming
Governance (In Progress)
Governance outline is being created to guide oversight/approval plans following training and post launch
Review of All Pages Possible for Appropriate Styling of Content and Elements (12/5-until)
A final review of pages and content is in progress to ensure accuracy and appropriate visual styling for the most pages possible prior to launch.
Launch! (Upcoming 1/22)
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.
Ongoing Maintenance and Updates (Upcoming 1/22 until)
Continue to update pages for appropriate visual styling. Monitoring of content for accuracy, accessibility, brand alignment and general timeliness.