New University Web site will be interactive

By Eric Heisig

The University is in the midst of planning a new Web site, which will be launched sometime in the near future.

There will be a number of interactive features on the new site. Students will be able to post about their experience at the University by adding text, photos and videos.

The goal is to get the new site up and running by next July, said Robin Kaler, University spokeswoman.

Kaler said the current Web site was planned as very basic with everything spread out, but it has become too cluttered with too much going on for people to take in.

“It started off as a light, clean site, but it became burdened down with more and more links to other things,” Kaler said.

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Todd Wilson, coordinator for special projects for Public Affairs, helps run the Web site and said there is a lot of great content, but it is too disorganized.

“We have a page full of content,” Wilson said. “We have so much stuff that we can’t see the forest for the trees.”

The new site will not need to have as much information because the different departments at the University have improved at marketing themselves and keeping up their own pages, Wilson said.

The current site got a lot of compliments when it was first introduced a few years ago, but there is much more that can be done with the new site that was not possible before, Kaler said.

Steve Stachowiak, senior in LAS, said he has not found the Web site to be that difficult to use except for the calendar.

“It is hard to find information on breaks and days off on the schedule,” he said. “I have spent a lot of time looking for them.”

The new Web site project is separate from the University’s plans to convert its name to Kaler said the new site will be linked with both the address and the new address, just like it is now.

“(The name change) is on its own timetable that will be much longer,” Kaler said.

A survey is now available on the Web site that allows students, faculty and staff to put in their input on ways to improve its interface.