University of Ontario Institute of Technology Website Redesign from Scratch


A website redesign from scratch? Say what?! At the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, we recently redesigned our website templates from the ground up using a single, global template and unified style across all sites. New code frameworks (switching from Bootstrap to Foundation), preprocessors (SASS) and task automation (Grunt) were used to streamline the development process. In Cascade, we went from having multiple templates and data definitions and very limited layout options, to a single template, a single data definition, and several layout options. A major focus of our redesign was enhancing the user experience for content contributors: giving them greater content flexibility and autonomy within the system. We'll discuss all of the above, plus how we involved faculty/staff/students during multiple phases of the project, how we pushed out the new design to the majority of our websites within a matter of days (with zero downtime for each site), as well as developing policies and guidelines for those who are tempted to go rogue with their websites. By sharing our process and lessons learned, we hope that your next redesign will be a little smoother and dare we say, fun?


Joyce Chan

Joyce Chan

Web Specialist
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
http://www.uoit.ca/

Joyce is the Web Specialist in the Communications and Marketing Web Team at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She designs and develops websites and touch screen interfaces, leads and manages CMS training, and provides support to internal and external web users. In her spare time, Joyce enjoys travelling, snowboarding, interior design, and good food and coffee.