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Marshall launches new website

Jan. 06, 2013 @ 10:45 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University launched a new website in late December, making it compatible with all forms of mobile devices.

The site, said web designer Eden Parker, uses a framework developed by Twitter. The main pages of the Marshall site now reformats to fit all sizes of screens that come with all types of mobile devices.

"When you visited our pages from an iPhone, you'd have to tap and zoom in to see the content," Parker said. "It didn't format content for you."

The site design has been in the works for months, with the top-level web pages formatted starting about two months ago. Parker and John Cummings, the assistant director of Enterprise Applications, said there is no timeline to the project, describing the transition as ongoing.

Ideally, they said they want to reach a point where university branding is cohesive throughout the site. However, they noted that there are some old, seldom-used sites lurking in the system that were created a decade ago and have not been updated.

Cummings said this recent launch is the first of a number of phases to get all Marshall websites to the new platform. Consistency, he said, is part of the new online branding guidelines established by the institution.

"Tablets weren't even really a thing five years ago," he said. "We were at a point where we were starting to see more students to the Marshall site with a mobile device first. And the older site wasn't built when that was a big driver of traffic."

Those within the university who have web pages, including student groups and faculty, who have questions, can visit http://muwww-new.marshall.edu/webguide. The site has an explanation of the process and why it it took place.

"Since 2005, the Marshall University website has been through several design iterations. Although much work has gone into each of these redesigns, work has often focused on the main Marshall page while excluding college or deparment sites. This has resulted in a fragmented look over time.

"We now have several different looks on a number of different pages. This launch attempts to consolidate most sites in to the WordPress content management system, allowing them to utilize the same theme and branding as the main University site. It also allows an opportunity to refresh the online brand to introduce the new kelly green in to online designs."

Among the new sites that are live include University Communications, Connected@MU, Information Technology and IT Service Desk.

For more information, send an email to webfeedback@marshall.edu.