Quick, everyone go to www.wesleyan.edu!  The new Wesleyan website is up as of today and it’s quite different than the old one.  Currently the redesigned pages include the homepage, Admissions web site, and several major pages including About, Academics, Campus Life, Alumni, Parents, and Offices & Services, but a recent all-campus email from ITS informs us that this is represents only the initial phase of a larger redesign effort:

These pages are only the first to be changed to the new design. This begins a major transformation of the Wesleyan website that will continue throughout 2010.  All departments and sub-pages will be converted to the new design and content management system over the coming 12-18 months.

Quick reactions:

Aesthetically, the new layout is undeniably snazzier and has a more modern feel than its old incarnation.

That said, the site now appears to be entirely geared toward outsiders. Look at the tiny portfolio button at the top of the page. This is barely noticeable, whereas before the e-portfolio sign-in box was very prominent. Where is the library button so we can quickly find books in Olin? It looks like you have to click on the tiny “Offices & Services” button up top and then when you get to that page scroll down to the right to find the library link.  These aren’t huge problems, of course, but they are inconvenient.

It’s fine that the school wants to give a better sense of Wesleyan to potential applicants and donors, but they shouldn’t forget the students and faculty who use the site every day. We don’t want to wade through promotional material every time we want to go to Caleb. If they fix these sorts of things up, the new website will be fine.

About gpalmer

Gianna Palmer is a senior English and Sociology major from Eugene, Oregon. At Wesleyan, Gianna has written for the Argus and Wesleying, and tutored through the Writing Workshop. Outside of Wesleyan, Gianna has interned/written for Preservation Magazine in Washington, D.C. and the New York Daily News. Besides heading up the Blargus, Gianna is keeping busy her senior year by doling out funds as a member of the Student Budget Committee, dancing in student-choreographed pieces and scoping out the class of 2014 as a senior interviewer in the Admissions Office.
  • Anonymous

    Why is everything in the Blargus “snazzy”

  • Adam Rashkoff ’13

    From the “Are you Wesleyan” section of the admissions website:

    “Do you contemplate infinity…
    for the fun of it?”

    “Do you surf…
    the library?”

    and my personal favorite:

    “If you were an automobile…
    would you be a converted hybrid?”

    This whole section of the website is possibly one of the corniest things I’ve read…but at the same time strangely inspiring to me.