July 2, 2008

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

VSU Launches new Home Page Design

VALDOSTA - Valdosta State University will launch a new design for its home Web page, www.valdosta.edu , on Tuesday, July 8, to provide visitors with a more effective, attractive design.

As VSU's first true effort towards utilizing Web 2.0 technology, the new design provides many new options to Web designers. It improves versatility by arranging center content in four quadrants, each easily repositioned and updated for the most effective presentation of information. It will improve navigation in a variety of ways, ultimately directing external visitors to their desired information in the quickest, easiest manner. The new home page will also drive visitors to the VSU News site for the most recent university updates and news stories, system news, campus notices, Visionary features and more.

The new design replaces the previous red with more neutral colors, improves navigation with simple menus and a new quick links section, and provides more real estate for displaying important news and information. It also allows VSU and its internal units to make information more accessible to external visitors, while maintaining a consistent, more attractive appearance.

Some of the most noticeable changes will be the top banner, which will feature the newest version of the VSU logo; placement of the news story list, links and the drop-down menu and a new option for teasing stories and announcements. The primary focal point will be a large image or graphic, which will link visitors to important VSU news and features. The image will rotate upon each refresh of the page to one of 3-5 different options. Lower level pages will see very minor changes, including the VSU logo as well as other minor changes to the top banner.

Because of the Contribute Web site editing system, individual unit's publishers and writers will not have to make changes to their pages, nor will their content be affected. E-mail Webmaster Andy Fore at arfore@valdosta.edu for more information.

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