#CUC16 Session Spotlight: Implementing a Website Redesign

By Kat Liendgens — Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 at 11:00am

CUC16 Session Spotlight: Implementing a Website Redesign

 

If you haven’t heard enough reasons to come to our 11th annual Cascade User Conference, we can certainly provide more. Most, if not all of you have gone through a website redesign. It’s one of the most exciting and one of the most daunting projects you’ll ever take on. This year, we’ll have six sessions that revolve around re-design projects, but from vastly different angles. Let’s take a look.

Let it Go: Moving to a Responsive Design and Single Template

This presentation is hosted by Julia Gray, Manager of Web Services at Oakton Community College, and Lisa McWilliams, Hannon Hill’s Professional Services Project Manager. Instead of a complete design overhaul, Oakton did a retrofit, moving all pages to a responsive design, and most pages to a unified single template. With the single template, end users have a lot more flexibility and can switch out the layout of a page and the features of a page on the fly, without losing any content.

Duct Tape & Barb Wire: DIY Redesign Planning Without a Consultant

Darren Denham, Web Content Manager at University of Central Oklahoma has prepared a presentation that will resonate with a lot of you who work for organizations on a tight budget and with limited staff. UCO is planning a major website redesign in 2017. Prior to this project, the campus portal had to be overhauled. After using a combination of free and low cost online tools matched with old school techniques, the UCO web team developed a roadmap for the journey ahead. Attend Darren’s session and find out how they did it.

Decoupling Content During Site Redesign

Garrett Kuk, Web Content Specialist at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, and Jordan King of Cascade Factory invite you to an exciting presentation focusing on the separation of content and design on their external website. This was done by assigning content Blocks and Pages with a variety of category tags, then automatically pulling tagged content into Pages for display. Leveraging the new Velocity tools to access the Cascade API, they created format scripts to identify contents' tags and attach the content to the page all within Cascade CMS.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology Website Redesign from Scratch

Joyce Chan, Web Specialist at University of Ontario Institute of Technology, will talk about a massive redesign project. UOIT redesigned their website templates from the ground up using a single, global template and unified style across all sites in Cascade CMS. New code frameworks (switching from Bootstrap to Foundation), preprocessors (SASS) and task automation (Grunt) were used to streamline the development process. Joyce will show the drastically increased flexibility that content contributors now have because of the single template approach. OUIT involved faculty/staff/students during multiple phases of the project, pushed out the new design to the majority of our websites within a matter of days (with zero downtime for each site), and developed policies and guidelines for those who are tempted to go rogue with their websites. You don’t want to miss this presentation!

Implementing Northwestern's New Brand in Cascade

Jacob Arnold, Web Software Application Development Lead at Northwestern University, will talk about a major rebranding project. Northwestern’s Web Communications office implemented web templates based on a set of digital brand guidelines, building new page types in Cascade and sharing them with departments throughout the university. Jacob will talk about how to use common across multiple sites and about the challenges when customizing page types and edit forms based on each site’s requirements and each content contributor’s abilities.

Laurier's Web Renewal: Creating a User Focused Website

Kristine Lougas, Web Manager at Wilfrid Laurier University, another one of our Canadian customers, will talk about the University’s ongoing web renewal project, for which the team used a user-focused approach. Kristine will walk through the research strategy and methods and outline how the team translated the findings into design and functionality solutions for the new website.

If you are in the process of or considering making your existing website responsive without going through any type of redesign, here’s a bonus presentation for you:

Retrofitting a Site with Bootstrap

Matthew Wren, Web Designer at University of Scranton, will talk about the process of implementing a responsive web design for The Scranton Journal, which had been designed before RWD became the norm. Using Twitter Bootstrap, the team retrofitted the site.  For each template and configuration set they created a new output that would contain the new Bootstrap elements. This allowed work to continue with content creation while  the responsive layout was developed. Many elements across the site needed rebuilding and new logic throughout needed applying. There are at least 10 different page types throughout the Scranton Journal site. Much of the site's programming used XSLT but whenever possible the team switched to Velocity. 

Regardless of how close you are to another redesign project, be sure to check out the sessions above.

 

 

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