In addition to the services the Advancement & External Relations (AER) web team delivers, the team also works on major projects that affect the campus. Current projects are listed below; please take a look at what we're currently working on. We always want your feedback!
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Kentico 10 update
Currently the UW Bothell website is running on version 7, which is no longer supported by Kentico. The IT Enterprise Services Delivery Team (ESDT) has been working closely with the Advancement & External Relations (AER) web team to update our CMS to version 10; together both teams have assessed the work that needs to be done, are working on how the update will be implemented, will strategize how to train the campus, and so much more.
The update will also offer the campus the opportunity to migrate the website to the cloud with Amazon Web Services; migrating will offer many positive outcomes including logging into Kentico with our NetIDs. Contact the AER webteam for more details on the CMS update.
IT and AER hope to have the update completed before the end of Fall quarter 2017. Trainings are estimated to take place starting sometime in October.
In order to expidite the CMS update, the website redesign will be phase two of the Bothell website update. During the Kentico CMS update, the AER webteam plans to conduct user research through focus groups, surveys, and card sorting to determine the needs of the campus community. Through that feedback as well as data collected through research, we will create new templates, design a new UWB homepage, update the UW branding throughout the site, and more. In order to start the project, the AER web team will be working closely with website editors and publishers to clean up their HTML coding so that the CSS update will be a more seamless process.
IT and AER's timeline is TBD.
UW Seattle has asked UW Bothell along with UW Tacoma to join their pilot program to have public-facing website PDFs be sent to a vendor to have them remediated so that each is accessible. After pulling a report, it looks like uwb.edu has close to 3,000 PDFs attached but the majority of them are not being used. The web team is working on pulling together individual reports for each top level that will display a list of PDFs that are attached. We encourage editors to start their edits now; one suggestion is spending 15 minutes a day removing PDFs from your website that are outdated or not needed anymore.
The pilot budget ends June 30th. Additional funds are being requested to extend this deadline.