Toward the Future
Madisonville Community College is preparing to take the next step forward in web services. By mid-July, the MCC web site will sport a new look-and-feel based on user testing and best practices in web design. This makeover will make the site more appealing to traditional and non-traditional prospects alike. It will include a total rewrite of all web site content to exhibit a more concise, engaging tone that will allow users to find information they need more quickly and effectively.
But a brand new look is only part of the story. The MCC web site will also be migrated into Sitecore, our new content management system. This system gives subject matter experts more control over their web content by giving them a familiar, user-friendly interface for adding, editing, or deleting content. Announcements can be scheduled to display and hide at pre-determined times, ensuring the site always contains the most timely, most accurate content possible. Content can be shared across the site or across all of KCTCS, precluding the need to "reinvent the wheel". Our new look and improved content will reflect MCC’s commitment to being the college of choice for area students.
Bringing It All Together
All of this work, of course, is because of our ongoing commitment to provide our audiences with the best possible services, information and tools on our web sites. It's why we've thoroughly researched our audience's needs and expectations. It's why we seek to follow best practices, from how we architect our sites, to graphic design, to writing content in ways that appeal to our target audiences. It's why we've invested in tools like Sitecore to help us do our best, in the very best ways possible.
And it's why our jobs are never "done," because we're always looking for ways to improve how our web sites meet and exceed the expectations of all our audiences--our students, employees, communities ...and you!
When is the new site coming?
Early summer of 2009. We're looking tentatively at the beginning of July. Of course, as we get closer to launch, we'll share more about the launch plans.
Is everything on the current Madisonville site going to be moved to Sitecore at launch?
No. Madisonville's new site will feature 50-100 pages of the web site. These are the most visited and most critical pages for our audiences.
It will take quite a bit longer to migrate the thousands of other pages on our web sites. Migration of other pages will happen over a period of many months, as training and migration planning are completed. These legacy pages will remain available however from the new web site, so our existing content will not simply disappear at launch.
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 naviagation 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 updates our new web site?
As we launch Madisonville's 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! 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! :)