ND launches new website
By LAURA ROMPF
There's a new style at www.nd.edu, and it reflects the spirit of Notre Dame, according to University Web administrator Tom Monaghan.
"Most would admit that the old site needed improving," he said. "Our goal was to create a site that reflected the institution."
The complete redesign took about 4 1/2 months.
"Right after Christmas, construction began on the new site, and a week after graduation, the new page was turned on," he said.
Monaghan explained that this method allowed administrators to pinpoint bugs in the page before classes resumed in the fall.
The page has several changes.
"One main element installed is a University-wide search engine that indexes over 125,000 Notre Dame Web documents," Monaghan said.
Another addition to the site is a University calendar that highlights events all over campus.
"All major public events on campus can be accessed through the calendar because multiple groups all over campus can input their separate activities," he said. "We are hoping to make this the main resource for what's happening on campus."
The new Web page targets six main groups that are the most prominent site visitors.
"We broke up the page into five areas: perspective students, current students, faculty and staff, alumni, parents and visitors," he said. "We emphasized Web content relevant more to these groups rather than the organization staff."
He explained this is the first phase in improving Notre Dame's Web page, and that feedback from students shows the new site is fulfilling its purpose.
"It's a nice change," said sophomore Marc Nuno. "The ‘popular sites' aspect is a wonderful addition that gives clear short-cuts to important information."
"I like the new site better than last year," junior Andrea Gonzales said. "It is more visually attractive and it is easier to get to separate sites. Overall, it's more organized and has better options."
All News Stories for Monday, August 30, 1999