carleton.ca sports brand new look

The Carleton University website has a brand new design and streamlined new look—the result of extensive planning, development and collaboration, and several months of testing from a cross-departmental working team. This new design makes the presentation of information on carleton.ca crisper, consistent in format, and easier to find for students, staff, faculty and the general public.

Launched on Saturday, March 31, the Carleton community will also as benefit from an all-new way to update content on Web pages powered by a new solution called the Luminis Content Management Suite (LCMS). The new system and templates are designed to help Web administrators easily create a consistent look and feel across carleton.ca’s many pages.

According to Ginette Miller, the Department of Computing and Communications Services (CCS) project manager who led the initiative, the new, streamlined Web design was critical to effectively organizing Carleton’s fast-growing Web presence. “Our institution is growing rapidly and so was carleton.ca, and we needed an efficient way to keep the content current and fresh” said Miller.

The new tools for Web administrators have already been met with favorable feedback, according to Miller. “We’ve already gotten enthusiastic support for new LCMS system which will gradually replace the older Web update solution. It gives us all a versatile toolkit that will ensure that all of our departmental sites will be able to quickly and easily update their Web content.”

The carleton.ca homepage sports the new, streamlined design as well as Athletics and Faculty of Public Affairs sites. The Department of Human Resources and the Department of Law are anticipated to launch late April. More departmental sites will gradually follow over the course of the year once resources have been secured, said Miller.

According to Carleton’s Chief Information Officer Ralph Michaelis, the key goal of the redesign is a drive toward simplicity. “This project was focused on allowing Carleton University to leverage its Web presence as a competitive advantage, promoting, engaging, and serving prospective students, current students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Carleton University will have the capability to re-align its entire website with new campaigns in days rather than years.”

For more information about the project, please contact Ginette Miller at ginette_miller@carleton.ca.

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