The campus isn’t the only thing under construction at IUP these days. The university’s main website is undergoing a revival of its own.
Set to launch during this spring—and available for preview since Homecoming—the new website is the culmination of several years’ work by a campuswide committee of faculty and staff. Goals for the new website include bolstering IUP’s image among prospective applicants and making the website more useful for all its visitors, on and off campus.
Visitors to the site will first notice the website’s new look: bright crimson and gray with extensive use of photography. The home page has been redesigned to focus on telling IUP’s story through profiles of our outstanding students, faculty members, and alumni. Beyond the home page, finding what you need has been made much easier by means of sitewide navigation, improved search capabilities, and a thorough reorganization of existing content.
New, behind-the-scenes technology allows more than two hundred contributors to submit content for the site. That content is then reviewed by IUP’s central Communications Office before publication on the Web, maintaining consistency and organization as the site grows. Other new features include improved accessibility for the disabled, pages that automatically reformat for printing, and news and calendar feeds that make it easier to keep track of what’s happening at IUP.
Work will continue after the launch as more than forty thousand pages are reformatted and moved to the new website. Watch for new features—and new student, faculty, and alumni profiles—to appear on the website in the coming months.
Michael Powers, Ph.D., is IUP’s web developer.