Date: April 18, 2005
Andrews University has a new look! On April 19, 2005, Andrews unveiled its brand-new website, which includes a completely redesigned look and feel that gives the site a much-needed update. The website, which hadn’t seen a major update in about five years, has been overhauled with new content, photography, and a fresh design, that provides a more user-friendly site.
The result of well over a thousand hours of development, one of the major strengths of the new website is that it is built on a Content Management System (CMS), which allowed the web developers to separate the website’s content from the design and programming. This long overdue improvement will allow users to edit and create web pages without the technical expertise normally required or the need to rely on the web coordinator for everyday tasks such as content updates.
“The new design not only gives Andrews a new presence, but together with the CMS, provides a framework for continued development and improvement,” said Martin Lee, web coordinator.
The April 19 launch marks phase I in the website redesign plan, with the rollout of Andrews’ main landing pages, some of which include the About Andrews; Attending Andrews; Academics; Current Students; and Faculty and Staff pages, as well as the new Life@Andrews section, which includes information on all aspects of campus life and Midwestern living. Work will now commence on the update of individual departmental pages.
Some of the features of the new website include a calendar that provides quick access to upcoming events, a webcam with live shots of campus, and ‘the week in pictures,’ which provides photographic highlights of the previous week.
"The new website is dynamic, and I found more useful information," said junior speech pathology and audiology major, Kelli Karst. "This is an important resource for our university, and I really like the new look."