In April the University website is changing

Posted in: Beta, Content design, Content Publisher

Just over a year ago, the University began work on an ambitious project to develop a new website and publishing platform to replace our nearly decade-old content management system.

We are now ready to begin launching the new bath.ac.uk.

The new website is:

  • optimised so people can use it on their desktop, tablet or mobile phone
  • easier to navigate and search
  • faster

The Professional Services departments going live over the next few weeks are:

  • Accommodation, Hospitality and Security
  • International Relations Office
  • Student Services

The launch forms part of a larger Professional Services transition programme which will roll out over the next three months, allowing us to trial the new design and content with a larger audience.

We’ll use feedback from this trial to help us to continue to improve the website.

To make sure go live is trouble-free, we’re working with each Professional Service to identify the best time to launch. When we go live, we will archive the old site.

All old web addresses will continue to work, redirecting you to the equivalent content on the beta. These redirects will remain live for six months.

Over the last 12 months, the Digital team has worked with publishers from across the University to transition their content to the new website. This work involved:

  • auditing over 500,000 content items
  • identifying what content to migrate, archive and delete
  • writing a goal for each content item as we migrate it to the new platform
  • transitioning content

In less than five months, the University publishing community has re-written and uploaded nearly 1,400 content items to the new publishing platform.

To make sure each page is correct, we've asked subject experts to check the facts. If we’ve missed something, email web-support@bath.ac.uk, tell us what's wrong, and we will contact the editor responsible.

Alternatively, if you have a suggestion on how we can make the new website and publishing platform even better, you can submit your feedback using the 'Suggest an improvement' link at the bottom of every page.

Posted in: Beta, Content design, Content Publisher

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