As you can tell from the fact we're hiring new people there are exciting times ahead for Web Services!
Since we're also half-way through 2011 I thought it would be a good chance to look back on what we've achieved so far this year.
We began by delivering the online Visual Identity and applying it to our Study and Research sites. Since then we've also applied it to newly-developed sites for our Alumni and Team Bath as well as the top-level pages for Faculties & Departments, Business and our graduations ceremonies sites. If you look around the Team Bath site you'll find links to our new online store which can be used for buying membership to exercise classes as well as more traditional items.
The University homepage was relaunched following a significant period of prototyping, mockups, user testing and feedback gathering. This has seen several changes in audience behaviour that we were hoping for, as well as being a much better shop window for the University. The experience was extremely educational so we should probably write a bit more detail about the process in another blog post!
More recently we've released a new area for international students which gathers together the information specifically for those applicants and also uses the new Visual Identity to bring it in line with the rest of the Study site. It also uses geo-location to direct visitors based in other countries directly to the most relevant pages.
Virtual Tours showing the accommodation that we have on- and off-campus are now available and should there (heaven forbid) be a broken link anywhere then you'll get to see our new 404 page (again, changes were based on detailed analysis of usage of our old 404 page).
Whilst all those changes are readily available to site visitors, the early part of the year also saw a complete overhaul of our CMS training courses and an audit of 100 of our more internally-facing sites!
All of this is really just a brief overview of some the bigger pieces of work we've delivered; alongside this is all the day-to-day work of making sure the site is up to date and running smoothly as well as working on large ongoing projects like working with an external agency for all-new departmental homepages, our eprospectus and planning for our mobile site provision.
Here's to the next six months!