Redevelopment Project

The implementation of WordPress in 2011 was, by all accounts, a phenomenal success. Moving away from Contribute ushered in an era of self-publishing in a much more open and user-friendly environment. It was not, however, without its issues.

The growth since that new site launched has been tremendous. Problematically so. The downtimes experienced throughout the fall of 2014 were just the outward signs of larger problems. To resolve these issues the site was migrated to more robust enterprise hosting. A completely new WordPress website is in development that will address the systems and content problems while emphasizing cleaner, easier to use administrative interfaces, and a renewed focus on training and support for site administrators.

Latest Updates

  • Challenges and Benefits of the New UMW Faculty and Staff Site
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    The IT move toward the end-of-life shut down of EagleNet presents an opportunity to produce a useful, comprehensive faculty and staff website. Digital Communications tasked an intern, Sabia Prescott, with identifying and organizing the content for the first iteration. The original source material, the content of EagleNet, was expanded on...
  • User Testing Round One – What you’re telling us
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    Results are in for the navigation survey sent out in January! Our goal is to make the UMW website’s navigation intuitive and functional. To accomplish that we are breaking down our navigation to its basic structure, surveying the Mary Washington community using software built specifically to test website navigation, and...
  • Putting UMW On The Map, Part 2: Flash! And Other Fun Issues
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    For a while now, I have been trailed by Flash. Unfortunately, I don’t mean Flash Gordon. While updating UMW in Google Maps, I’ve received mapping advice from a Google Mapper who goes by the pseudonym of “Flash.” He monitors the Google public forums. Among other issues, these interactions have resulted in...
  • Putting UMW On The Map: Goals, Results, and Challenges
    It is no secret that UMW is growing. Each year, campus finds itself with exciting new buildings, innovative new programs, and in many cases, a combination of both. In order to keep up with the times, we must track these changes. There is no better platform in the current technological...
  • Going Mobile – What we did and why it matters
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    As announced in EagleEye on April 10, we’ve made a huge change to how the UMW site is viewed on mobile devices. Here we’ll talk about the differences and decision making that went into this rollout. Comparison of the College of Business screens This display shows the College of Business homepage on...