What people are saying

he new UW home page has been live for two full weekdays now, and about 200 of you have taken the time to share your thoughts. Some of you love it, some hate it.  We’ve read every word you’ve shared — or YELLED. And we  have already made some adjustments in response.

Welcome to the new home page!

We know you’ll want to explore the site to see what’s new, but here’s a little cheat sheet to guide you through some of the changes…

New home page coming soon

The UW soon will launch a redesigned home page that features stronger audience-focused navigation, new interactivity, social networking options and many more opportunities to explore what the university has to offer. We’re in the final stages of dotting i’s and crossing t’s. We’ll announce the launch date here and on the current home page, so check back often!

More about top navigation

You’ll want to click on this image (twice) to see two basic navigation scenarios. The “thin strip” at the top has links to some of our most popular destinations and/or features: UW Home | Directories | Calendar | Maps | My UW

Plone and PIDA

Grumpy Persian cat

It’s Friday and it’s been an eternity since my last post, so I’m going to take a break and describe my experience developing for Plone using PIDA. First off I use vim for my primary editor. Yes, I know I’m using an editor that refuses to accept the whole idea of a mouse, but I kinda like it that way. Anyway this is not a discussion of why I’m using vim, I can save that for another post.

Take a closer look

We are introducing new audience-focused navigation toward the top of the page, calling out some of the most used and/or popular links. This navigation will initially appear on just the UW’s top-level pages that are part of Phase 1 of the redesign project.

Spotlight on UW accomplishments

In addition to the redesigned home page, we will be introducing five new “portal” pages that cast a spotlight on Education, Sustainability, Healthy Lives, Global Citizens and Innovation. They will showcase ways in which the UW excels in these areas. The content will refresh over time, and UW communicators across campus will help select what is showcased.

Sneak peek at new home page

Check it out! Here’s a screenshot of a mockup of the top of the new UW home page, coming to a Web browser near you in 2010. Note the light tan horizontal bar at the very top. That’s the standard utility navigation.

UW home page insight coming soon…

In the coming weeks and months, we will be sharing more detailed information on changes to the UW home page when the redesign is launched in 2010 (exact date TBD). Starting on New Year’s Day, we’ll give you a sneak peek at the new page.