The University of North Georgia (UNG) is launching a new website design that features a responsive web design for greater accessibility and a streamlined experience. The new site will be active Monday, July 27.
Responsive web design is an approach to creating websites for optimal viewing on a variety of screen sizes. This includes easy reading and simple navigation with minimal need for resizing or panning, regardless of the type of device used to access the site.
"The new design will provide the best experience possible for all university constituents by automatically sizing the pages to best fit whatever device is being used to view the page," said Joanie Chembars, web communications manager. "The number of website visitors using a portable device to browse continues to rise steadily; having a website built from the ground up based upon responsive design is essential to a positive experience for our website users."
The web communications team has been working with Beacon Technologies, staff from Information Technology, and UNG's web advisory group, composed of students, faculty and staff to develop the new site. Surveys and user testing have informed the design process, resulting in many improvements. New navigation and audience-centered tools will provide more robust options to help users find their information faster — this includes a "quick links" drop-down that will contain the most-often searched for items.
There will also be a comprehensive listing of degrees and programs along with notations about which campuses offer each degree or program. The new admissions sites map out what students need to do to apply to UNG, and will provide options for visitors to request more information.
"Next on our agenda will be the rebuilding of all department sites," Chembars said. "The departments will be able to pull degree information relevant to their areas from a central repository to place on their own pages, so visitors can view all degrees and programs within a particular department if they wish."
Other features to debut with the new site include updated aesthetics, a "Discover UNG" section on the homepage that will showcase spotlights about students, faculty and staff, as well as updated campus information pages.
"We look forward to using the site's new design and our content management system to share information and content, including news about students, faculty, staff, and alumni, across the site," said Kate Maine, associate vice president for university relations. "UNG is a vibrant, accomplished community, and this new web design helps showcase UNG as a leader for academic excellence, engagement, educational opportunity and leadership development."
The web communications team is part of the Office of University Relations.