In the fall of 2008 Cape Fear region voters overwhelmingly voted yes to enact a 146 million dollar bond that would allow Cape Fear Community College to build new classroom buildings and dramatically expand it’s capability to offer educational services to the region.
At that time I had created a brochure site to help promote the bond and the college. That site is still up, lurching through the internet in undead grotesqueness. It is un-updated, un-loved and you can see it here.
It needs to come down.
Today I launched the new CFCC home page redesign. The page was redesigned to provide more “real estate” and to make content and navigation more obvious and easy to access. A new section of content was added that will feature promotional “Blurbs”. The “Blurbs” will be promote special events, policy changes, new programs and important announcements that will be displayed temporarily on the home page.
The requests for “prominent” links to Apply Now and Schedule of Classes pages on the home page has prompted the usual response in the form of a question. Where? Where should I put these new page elements on a tiny island in a sea of hexi-decimal grey?
Well, how about more real estate. If you don’t have enough room, then take it. Kinda’ like Manifest Destiny for web pages. It is ordained that we shall expand.
The Virtual Campus Tours page will use a jQuery tab interface that will allow the user to switch between multiple views.
Several views will include interactive maps of the various campuses that will also feature text, images and additional flash objects. 360 photographs will also be included (either flash or quicktime). The vehicle of their inclusion is still up in the air.
Things don’t happen quickly at institutions of education. One thing that certainly crawls at the pace of cold molasses is the process of selecting a content management system for the school’s website. The process involves the arduous task of communicating with content managers, faculty, staff, department heads and any one with some sort of content investment with the website and convincing them that disrupting their comfortable dreamweaver-template-lives is a good thing. And that’s without a committee.
Never mind developing, designing, themeing and migrating content for a CMS, a task that is not to be underestimated.