PARKERSBURG - It's been a year in the making and last week West Virginia University at Parkersburg launched its new website. Katie Wootton, spokeswoman for WVUP, said the new site was launched last weekend.
"Most people didn't notice the change until Monday, when classes started," she said.
The website change was long overdue and had been in the works for more than a year. School officials sent out proposals for the project in February 2012, eventually settling on Image Associates of Charleston.
The company laid the groundwork for the new site, establishing the content management system. Wootton and other staff members then spent about a year putting the site together.
"We had to create a lot of content from the staff," she said. "We wanted to use this as an opportunity to revamp the website."
Wootton said the new site offers a comprehensive events calendar and drop down "mega menus. "
"We have the ability now to organize all documents uploaded to the site in one location, which enables us to only update a document once, and it will be updated everywhere it appears. ... Now, when contact information is updated, it will update everywhere.
"Features like this are more user friendly both for visitors and site administrators," she said.
The site is also easier to update. Wootton said the former site, which had been in use for about a decade, could only be updated from computer terminals that had specially installed software.
"Now, we can update it anywhere we have Internet access," Wootton said.
Wootton said officials plan to conduct a survey on the new site, but initial feedback has been mostly positive. "A lot of our more frequent users are having trouble finding things because they are used to the old site, but overall they are pleased with it."
And the site is no longer housed at an on-campus server.
"Server issues at the college meant website issues," she said. "Now it is all located on a cloud. So that adds a layer of protection."