As part of efforts to enhance the browsing experience of visitors and users of the university website; a redesigned website has gone live.
The new website, a culmination of months of planning, soliciting feedback from various stakeholders within the university community and analysis of usage statistics of the University’s website, has a crisp new look and feel, geared towards making it more user- friendly. A number of new and easy-to-use tools have also been incorporated into the design of the website.
The minimalist design style of the homepage significantly reduces the amount of time it takes for the website to load. Similarly, the fluid layout of the entire website makes it possible for the site to automatically shrink or expand in proportion to the screen dimension of the device used in accessing/viewing the website.
Additionally, a Quick Contact Form, located on the homepage would enable users to send feedback and enquiries in real time. Quick links would also facilitate smooth navigation around the entire website.
An integral part of the website is its Content Management System (CMS) which was designed to simplify the complex task of writing numerous versions of code and to make the website development process more flexible. CMS platforms allow users to centralize data editing, publishing and modification on a single back-end interface. CMS platforms are often used as blog software.
Yet another significant feature of the new website is its platform which allows for the addition of other modules in the future. An admission application module, online polling module, among others, are some of the modules to be added in due time.
With the proliferation of social media usage in Ghana, care was taken to ensure the seamless integration of the website to the various social media platforms. Users would be able to engage with content from the website in diverse ways including ‘liking’, ‘tweeting’ and ‘sharing’ content from the website with friends, colleagues and families.
According to the webmaster, Mr. Emmanuel Asibu-Yartey, “The website will become more social, with the addition of social networking plug-ins to allow more social activity”
The various electronic platforms such as DSpace, Edu-Portal, Cyber Campus, and the Regent Mail are all fully functional on the new website. Content from the old website has also been migrated to the new website.
In proceeding weeks, dedicated web pages for the various schools, and departments of the university would also be added. This is aimed at further improving university-wide communication, and raising awareness about the activities of the various departments and schools.
The University Website Management team, led by Dr. Ebenezer Malcalm, who doubles as the Head of the Department of Instructional technology and Director of Online Courses, and Mr. Emmanuel Asibu-Yartey, the webmaster, did the site revamp.
As the major communication tool of the university, it is hoped that the website facelift would significantly improve the level of online engagement that members of the Regent community and visitors from across the world have with the university.