Featured website: McGill Office for Science and Society

The Office for Science and Society’s media-rich website sports a number dynamic updates launched in mid-February 2017.

The revised site takes advantage of a number of recently released WMS features, including our brand spanking new article content.

Home page before:

OSS old home page

Home page after:

OSS new home page

New article template:

Article layout

Improvements include:

  • A revised home page that uses the new WMS templates to produce a layout that is easier for site visitors to scan and navigate.
  • A more dynamic Trottier Symposium page that better highlights themes and content from previous years’ events.
  • The launch of article content on the OSS site (previously, OSS articles were published in a separate blog)
  • More improvements to come! Additional updates to the OSS site will be launched over the coming months

Are you planning to revamp your site using recently released WMS tools? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

And don’t forget to check back for next month’s featured website!

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Featured website: Office of the Vice-Principal, Administration and Finance

Since the release of the new template blocks, a number of McGill sites have undergone a layout refresh resulting in improved scannability and visual impact. We picked the latest website to get a facelift, the Office of the Vice-Principal, Administration and Finance, to be January’s website of the month.

Home page: After

VP Admin home page, new

The site had recently undergone an extensive audit where content had been checked for validity and relevancy, but the look and feel of the site had been left largely untouched. This produced a somewhat sparse looking website with a loosely organized site structure and minimal design elements.

The Web Service Group worked with the Office of the Vice-Principal, Administration and Finance to identify template blocks and other layout tools that could be used to refresh the site and present its content in a more engaging, better organized manner.

Home page: Before

VP Admin home page, old

 Site improvements include:

  • A new menu structure that better reflects user requirements
  • The addition of images that better represent the role of the Office of the Vice-Principal, Administration and Finance and its responsibilities
  • An engaging new layout that makes it easier for site visitors to identify services offered by the Office of the Vice-Principal, Administration and Finance
  • A pared down site structure with fewer pages — content has been organized into categorized landing pages instead of individual pages with little information

Do you have plans to refresh your WMS site layout with the new template blocks and layout tools? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

And don’t forget to check back next month for our February website of the month!

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