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Introducing the new

Dec 15, 2010

The Ohio Northern University Web site is getting a makeover. Over the next few weeks, the Office of Communication and Marketing is installing a new design on the ONU Web site, which will dramatically change the look and feel and provide visitors with an improved online experience.

Immediately, visitors will notice the brighter, bolder design with more images and increased access to content. A simpler site navigation makes browsing easier and a more prominent search makes everything just a click away. The tabbed interface on the homepage allows new users to learn about ONU’s five colleges, university news, calendar events and multimedia elements without reloading the page.

Fans of ONU Athletics will also notice a striking new design that reflects the excellence online that our sports teams exhibit on the field.

“As a whole, the new design will be a better marketing tool for the University,” said Carol Flax, director of communications and marketing.  “It supports the brand, the value proposition and reputation of the institution, and audiences will have a feel for the true ONU experience and be able to more easily find the information they are looking for.”

The decision to redesign the university’s Web site was made last spring. In the months since, the ONU Web team has worked with design firm LMD to develop the new design. A campus-wide committee of Web site contributors was consulted throughout the process to help refine the ideas realized in the new design.

Over the past decade the ONU Web site has evolved from a few dozen HTML pages to a dynamic, database-driven site comprising tens of thousands of pages. Prior to this redesign, the biggest advancement came in 2007 when the existing content was moved into the Drupal content management system. Drupal allows users from across campus to add or edit content on the Web site, which helps the Web site stay as current as possible. This design represents the culmination of that migration.

Web site contributors will be relieved to find no changes to the way the Web site is administered or content is added or edited, but they should be aware that some content may be reorganized as a result of the new design. Any missing content or drastic organizational changes should be reported to Brian Paris, Associate Director of Online Content.

Those who wish to learn more about the ONU Web site or wish to become contributors are encouraged to join the ONU Drupal Users Group. For more information contact Brian Paris.

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