Orange Coast College’s website will undergo a redesign that is scheduled to go live on Monday, Sept. 7. The redesign has been in the planning phase for more than a year, and is necessary in order to keep up with advances in Web design and accessibility. The last Web redesign project was in 2012 and later a website refresh was completed in 2016.
“The new website should touch on the commonalities with our entire audience -- students, employees, and the community. It should be inviting, informative, and concise so anyone can easily navigate the website and at the same time emphasize the excitement of a flourishing campus,” explains Web developer James Nguyen. “Importantly, our primary focus here is the students. For students, it’s essential to highlight the benefits of starting at Orange Coast College and the support services and transfer programs available, as well as partnerships with four-year colleges and universities.”
The redesign project is being led by OCC’s Marketing and Public Relations department, and will be conducted in phases. Web pages set to be part of phase 1 of the redesign include OCC’s homepage, as well as Admissions, Academics, Services and Support, Community, Faculty and Staff, and Newsroom Web pages, among others.
“Our website consists of hundreds of pages and is very document heavy. The plan is to examine all the pages and documents to ensure essential information is relevant and presentable to our audience,” says Nguyen. “Performing this quality assurance of the content is an important step before migrating content to the new website. I’ll be working with all experts from each department on campus to migrate and train our employees, however this task may take several months.”
The new website design will include a new search engine, improved responsive design for mobile devices, and enhanced accessibility. In the future, OCC’s marketing team hopes to bring a shared College-wide chat so staff and counselors can speak with students and visitors online. The new website will be hosted on a Content Management System called Cascade, and will be a large departure from the current system.
If you are a Web editor for your department or area, and you have questions, please contact Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org