There are several phases of this project: Discovery and Strategy, which includes two days on Seattle University’s campus; Information Architecture; Visual Design; Front-end development; Development, User acceptance testing, Content Migration, and Launch.
These milestones and general timeline will be added to our project timeline and phases after our project kick-off meeting on Friday, September 9th. Our current goal is to go live by the end of 2023.
Watch for periodic updates in SU Today as the progress continues.
During fall 2021, SU partnered with Eduvantis, a marketing strategy consulting firm that works with institutions of higher education, on an audit of the university’s website. Based on the report coming out of the audit, the university decided to move forward with a redesign. A working group involving members of Marketing Communications, ITS, Enrollment Services and the Provost’s Office was assembled for the redesign. Its members include:
Seattle University engaged in a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process for the redesign, development and deployment of the website on the existing TerminalFour content management system (CMS). OHO Interactive, was chosen as the university’s partner.
July through November
Activities include: Installing the new code base.
Activities include: Refreshing of content for top 200 pages, Content freeze/plan to manage content that must be updated before fall term, identification of "stories" and interviews needed.
Activities include: No new content submitted to site, urgent content requests submitted via content request form.
Activities include: Planning, Testing, Bug Fixes.
September through December
Activities include a governance survey, a stakeholder survey, on site discovery sessions with OHO Interactive, a summary of the stakeholder meetings, content inventory and audit, Google Analytics review of the existing site and summary of findings, Terminalfour technical discovery meetings, compilation of findings and strategy road map.
November through April
Activities include: Overall content strategy for the site defining how storytelling and dynamic content will work, website governance plan, sitemap, wireframes, and content templates.
January through April
Activities include: Creative kickoff, Visual design concepts, responsive design, and visual design style guide.
April through June
Activities include: HTML/CSS responsive themes, user acceptance testing.