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Moving to Centralized Editing at UNG

Current Model: De-Centralized

Currently, there are editors in most units who are in charge of updating their unit's pages and the webteam provides support as needed. Because the university’s website is such an important communication tool and working with the web is getting more complicated, we are moving toward a centralized editing model. 

Some examples of new requirements are: 

  • Responsive design – requires editors to consider how a page will look not only on a monitor, but on a phone and tablet as well
  • Accessibility requirements –Meeting federal accessibility guidelines and industry best practices is extremely complicated, even for the webteam, and they work in this every day.

The inherent nature of the web is change. It is never ‘done.’ There will always be redesigns, shifting compliance guidelines, new features and software to learn, and faculty/staff turnover. The central editing model will ensure content is updated more regularly and ease the burden on current web editors.

Benefits of Centralized Editing

  • Coordinator(s) [point person(s) assigned by site owner] can focus on gathering updated information from their units and then simply submit to the webteam for implementation on their sites
  • Web professionals will make edits to the pages, ensuring readability across devices and functionality to best serve your audience.
  • Academic and high traffic sites will have an assigned team member for larger projects to promote  better communications within units and quicker project turn-around
  • No more workflow approvals, trainings or extensive user documentation needed, freeing up webteam time.
  • Consistent design, branding and content on all UNG pages.
  • Quality content and more consistent and accessible imagery.
  • More effective page designs, including for mobile viewing, resulting in better information and experience for our site visitors.

Timeline

Over the summer of 2017, the Cascade content management system will undergo a major upgrade. To prepare for this, we will begin centralized editing on July 17. From that day forward, all units will need to submit their edit requests via ServiceNow.

Before that date, site owners will need to let the webteam know the coordinators (max of 2) who will submit edits for their unit’s site. Submit your coordinators now.

In addition, sites currently being redesigned will be moved to centralized editing when they go live. This will allow those site coordinators to get accustomed to the convenience of using ServiceNow to submit their edits.

UNG follows Section 508 Standards and WCAG 2.0 for web accessibility. If you require the content on this web page in another format, please contact the ADA Coordinator.

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