A Fresh Face
Bowling Green Technical College has assembled a first rate web team to assist the college in taking the next step as we launch our new, user friendly, web site. The team kicked off the redesign process September 10 and is working to freshen up the content that works, rewrite the content that doesn’t work and come up with new content to fill the areas where it is needed. Even after the first one hundred pages go live this website will be ever evolving to meet the needs of our potential and current students.
The Benefits Are Endless
Our new site will make finding information easier, especially for prospective students. Because we’re using best practices in information architecture, content development, and graphic design, our web site is going to look better, sound better, and be organized better. That translates to better service for prospects, current students, and all our audiences.
Our new web site will be easy to update, allowing content experts (that’s YOU) to make updates to web pages in your area without having to learn web programming or complicated software. That means your content can always be up-to-date and changes can happen when you need them to, leading to more accurate information and more satisfied web site visitors.
And our new site will allow us to grow. Moving to our new web content management platform (Sitecore) means that our web site will be able to share content and tools with other KCTCS web sites in ways that just aren’t possible now. We’ll be able to add features that most individual colleges couldn’t develop on their own, while still maintaining our unique character and flavor. It’s the best of both worlds.
When is the new site coming?
Our goal is to launch the site later this fall. As we get a little closer, you'll see a lot of information about the upcoming launch.
Is everything on the current web site going to be moved to the new platform at launch?
Not at first. We started this process with a review of our current site--from this, we picked (or created) the top 50-100 pages that we felt best communicated the messages that our primary audiences--students--need to know.
Once the initial site launches, we'll be able to revisit other content and begin migrating into Sitecore. It'll take time, of course, but we'll eventually get all of our current site into Sitecore.
Will I need to change my bookmarks/favorites?
In many cases, yes. Content will be moving to different URLs (web addresses), so your bookmarks may change. We will attempt to automatically redirect as many old URLs as possible to the new ones, which should make this easier for you. Remember too that many internally-oriented pages will be moving to thePoint, so there will certainly be some changes.
With the improved navigation on our new site, plus an improved search engine and a "what's changed" page, we hope the transition will be a fairly smooth one.
Who will update our new site?
As we launch our new site, we will be allowing people to become content owners and authors. Content owners and authors will be responsible for updating the sections of the site where they are an expert. That means that the people who best understand the content are the people who are updating in for our sites and that means the information on our sites is more accurate.
When do I get to see the new design!?!
We're glad you're excited about the new design (we are too)! As we get closer to launch, we'll unveil some "sneak peaks" of the site's design. We know, it's no fun to wait...but we know you'll like what you see, and the wait will be worth it! :)