UNCW Website Redesign Project

UNCW Website Redesign Project with various samples of redesign examples


UNCW Website Redesign Project is Underway!

For the first time in more than 10 years, the university’s website is undergoing a full-scale redesign. The project, in partnership with Stamats Marketing, Inc., kicked off in October 2020. The process has included extensive discovery and data analysis, developing an updated navigation structure that better serves our audiences, and creating an engaging, accessible new design that better represents UNCW's excellence and vibrant campus community. The new website will include a dedicated section to serve internal audiences, as well as dynamic features and components to allow better presentation of content. Please explore this site for more details about this exciting project!

Need more information about the moratorium? Please view the section below for details regarding the moratorium on new web projects, permissions and website modifications.

Want to learn more about the phases of this project? Visit our Redesign Phases page in the UNCW Website Redesign SharePoint site.

Stay Informed! Check back regularly for updates about the redesign process, see how the project is going and find answers to frequently asked questions. Reach out to redesign@uncw.edu with any questions.

We’re Busy with Architecture, Content & Design

The website redesign team and Stamats Marketing, Inc. have been busy mapping the information architecture, developing an effective content strategy and establishing a creative direction for the university’s new website.

This process has included:

  • Closely reviewing the university’s entire website.
  • Working with stakeholders to review content, including optimizing relevant existing content, archiving outdated content and creating new dynamic content.
  • Developing an updated sitemap that better serves our audiences.
  • Testing the new site structure for usability.
  • Working on homepage and interior page designs and components.

Student, faculty and staff input will be important as this process moves along.

Moratorium on New Web Projects, Permissions & Website Modifications

Due to the extensive nature of this project, a leadership-sanctioned moratorium has been placed on all new web projects, permissions or website modifications that require custom code from the Web team until the new site is launched. In addition, we are no longer offering Cascade training in the old templates, nor are we on-boarding any new content managers.

Exceptions for institutional-level, time-critical requests will be considered by OUR and ITS leadership. If you believe that you need an exception, please email redesign@uncw.edu

Communication Sent on June 23, 2021

This message went out to all content managers on June 23, 2021, indicating a hold on all new web projects, permissions and website modifications.

For more information about the moratorium, please see the 06/23/2021 communication.

New & Exciting Website Elements are Coming!

A Program Finder

One new feature of the redesigned website is an academic degree program finder. It allow prospective students to easily search for and explore their options in an engaging way. The goal is to promote all academic programs consistently while telling each one’s story with an intentional and compelling design.

myUNCW

We are pleased to announce that the redesign project was expanded to include a new section called, “myUNCW.” While the target audiences for the university website are externally focused, myUNCW will be a dedicated section, tailored to meet the needs of current students, faculty and staff. 

More Info:

Scroll for more updates.

Watch Website Redesign Town Hall Recording

The UNCW website redesign team and Stamats Marketing, Inc. recently presented an update about the redesign project, along with a demonstration of the new site in development, to the campus community. If you weren't able to attend one of the presentation, we encourage you to view the recording here

Explore PDF Accessibility & Writing for the Web Workshops

We're excited to offer these two new trainings, PDF Accessibility & Writing for the Web! Be sure to check them out on our UNCW Website Redesign SharePoint site.

Watch Discovery Workshop Recordings

Faculty and staff can review discovery workshop recordings from Phase I of the redesign project by logging into the UNCW Website Redesign SharePoint site.

Curious about the New Website Design?

You can view design mock-ups of the new UNCW homepage, a departmental page and one of the new program pages on our Redesign SharePoint site.

Questions or Feedback?

We want to hear from you! If you have thoughts, questions or concerns related to the website redesign project, please contact us at redesign@uncw.edu.


Easier Content Management

The redesigned website is intended to make maintaining and updating information easier for content managers.

  • “SuperTemplates” will provide a variety of design elements, be easily customizable, and keep pages consistent with the UNCW style guide.
  • Taxonomy and shared libraries will help distribute content across pages and save content managers time and effort.
  • Content templates will be available to guide content managers as they modify their pages to fit in the new design and structure.
  • New calendar, news and directory modules in Cascade will provide additional flexibility.

Plus, the web redesign team and Stamats Marketing Inc. will be providing valuable resources to content managers such as training and workshops, in addition to print and video resources.

How You Can Help!

Edit Your Site Content Just Don't Move Folders or Pages

We are asking that content managers refrain from making any structural changes to their websites. However, you should review the information on the pages you maintain to ensure it is current and accurate. Please make note of any pages that are no longer relevant, for an easier transition to the new site. You can find some helpful tips for evaluating your content on the Redesign SharePoint site.

Send Us Your PDFs for Assessment

Because PDFs cause issues with accessibility, liability, search results and user experience, we are planning to archive or delete the vast majority of PDFs and transition related content to webpages.

Please fill out the Assessing Essential PDFs & Reporting New / Deleted Pages for the Website Redesign form if there are PDFs on your site that you believe are absolutely needed and cannot be moved to webpages.

Do you have questions about your PDFs? Be sure to check out our FAQs page.

Tell Us About Your New / Deleted Pages 

As we organize current webpages into the new navigation structure, we need to account for any new or deleted pages. This will ensure we keep the site map accurate and prevent broken links. We ask that you avoid adding any new pages unless absolutely necessary. If you do add or delete a page on your site, please fill out the Assessing Essential PDFs & Reporting New / Deleted Pages for the Website Redesign form and send us those URLs.

 


Past Project Updates

  • Project Update on August 3, 2021 (via website)

    Help Us Test the New Site Structure!

    Your input about the direction for the new website is especially valuable. It helps ensure that the site is effective for our audiences and for all of you busy Seahawks! To that end, we need your help to test the usability of the new website structure. Usability testing ends Tuesday, Aug. 17.

    Take the Usability Test »

  • Project Update in April 2021 (via website)

    UNCW Website Redesign Project is Underway!

    UNCW is excited to be partnering with Stamats Marketing, Inc. to redesign the university website! This full-scale redesign project kicked off in October 2020. We update this page routinely, so check back for more information and updates about this exciting project!

    Below you will find the most recent updates for the project, new and exciting website elements, and information for content managers.

    Project Update:

    The website redesign team and Stamats Marketing, Inc. have been busy mapping the information architecture, developing an effective content strategy and establishing a creative direction for the university’s new website.

    This has included:

    • a close review of the university’s entire website,
    • the development of an updated sitemap that better serves our audiences and
    • working on homepage and interior page designs and components.

    Student, faculty and staff input will be important as this process moves along.

    New & Exciting Website Elements!

    A Program Finder

    One new feature of the redesigned website is an academic degree program finder, which will allow prospective students to easily search for and explore their options in an engaging way. It will promote all academic programs consistently while telling each one’s story with an intentional and compelling design.

    myUNCW

    We are pleased to announce that the redesign project has been expanded to include a new section called, “myUNCW.” While the target audiences for the university website are externally focused, myUNCW will be a dedicated section, tailored to meet the needs of current students, faculty and staff. The discovery phase of this project is set to begin soon, and we’ll be sending out communications for you to participate and provide your valuable feedback and input.

    Content Managers

    The redesigned website is intended to make maintaining and updating information easier for content managers.

    • “SuperTemplates” will provide a variety of design elements while allowing content managers to easily customize their pages and keep them consistent with the UNCW style guide.
    • Taxonomy and shared libraries will help distribute content across pages and save content managers time and effort.
    • Content templates will guide content managers as they modify their pages to fit in the new design and structure.
    • New calendar, news and directory modules in Cascade will provide additional flexibility.

    Plus, the web redesign team and Stamats Marketing Inc. will be providing valuable resources to content managers such as training and workshops, in addition to print and video resources.

    How You Can Help!

    While we ask that content managers refrain from making any structural changes to their websites, it would be helpful to review the information on the pages you maintain to ensure it is current and accurate, while making note of any pages that are no longer relevant, for an easier transition to the new site.

    More Info

    Phase 1 (Oct. - Dec.)

    Faculty and staff can review discovery workshop recordings from Phase I of the redesign project by logging into the UNCW Website Redesign SharePoint site.

    What's Next?

    As these phases are completed, the team’s focus will turn to content review, which will include:

    • the creation of new content,
    • revision of existing relevant content and
    • archiving and removing outdated, unnecessary content.
    Questions or Feedback?

    We want to hear from you! If you have thoughts, questions or concerns related to the website redesign project, please contact us at redesign@uncw.edu.

  • Project Update in December 2020 (via website)

    UNCW Website Redesign Project is Underway!

    UNCW is excited to be partnering with Stamats Marketing, Inc. to redesign the university website! This full-scale redesign project kicked off in October 2020, and we are on schedule to launch the university's new and improved website in mid-fall 2021.

    Stay tuned here for more information and updates about this exciting project!

    Project Update:

    With the campus community and stakeholders' support, the team completed an extensive discovery process to gather information about the university and our audiences that will help to ensure our new website is developed with the best design and functionality to serve the university's goals, priorities and communication needs. This discovery phase included review of user data, surveys, focus groups and a series of workshop discussions with members of the UNCW community. Faculty and staff can review recordings, workshop materials by logging into our UNCW Website Redesign SharePoint site.

    Have a Current Website Project or Need?

    In order to focus time and attention on the redesign, the web team in OUR and ITS will be limiting new projects for the current website. However, we want to make sure that university audiences are served and that time-sensitive, web-related needs are addressed. We will review project requests as usual and will consult with you in order to find the best solutions on a case-by-case basis with the redesign project in mind.

    How You Can Help!

    As we work though the website redesign process during the next several months, we ask content managers to refrain from making any structural changes to their web folders, such as moving or deleting pages and/or assets. All ideas for modification should be documented for possible future implementation as the website redesign progresses.

    We encourage content managers to review their sites to make sure all content is current.

    More Info:

    What's Next?

    Check back for updates and FAQs as we move into the next phase of the redesign project, in which we’ll focus on information architecture and content strategy.

    Questions or Feedback?

    We want to hear from you! If you have thoughts, questions or concerns related to the website redesign project, please contact us at redesign@uncw.edu.