Department News

Colby.edu Facelift

You may have noticed that Colby.edu looks a bit different this morning. The Office of Communications web team launched a 'facelift' of Colby.edu that contains a number of improvements to the site's design and navigation. All navigation changes were informed by thorough analysis of website usage patterns over the past nine months, and the result is a simpler, more consistent presentation of existing web content. In addition to the visual updates, a number changes that will make it easier for people to find the information they are looking for are incorporated in top-level pages.

This is the first of other planned changes to Colby.edu that will occur over the next year. Stay tuned for additional announcements about these details.

New website:

New Colby.edu

Previous website:

Old Colby.edu


Frequently Asked Questions:

How will this affect my web page?

The new design changes are automatically reflected on most Colby web pages. In the coming days the new header will be applied to websites that aren't a part of Colby's content management system, such as static HTML pages and academic pages using the Colby WordPress template. If you notice any problems, please contact Web Manager Ben Greeley at bgreeley@colby.edu

Are these 'facelift' changes using a new Web Content Management System (CMS)?

The changes that you see are still using CommonSpot as our Web CMS. The College is finalizing the evaluation of a replacement to CommonSpot. In the coming weeks you will be notified about the results of that assessment and selection process and about what to expect next.

What other changes are planned for Colby.edu?

While the look of Colby.edu has changed, practically all website content remains the same. A larger, more comprehensive project will occur over the next year. This will involve thorough analysis of our existing 7,000+ pages to determine what content needs to remain on Colby.edu and to explore better ways of presenting this information. We will solicit feedback from various website audiences to learn what changes would be the most helpful to them.

Rest assured that Communications and ITS will work with each department to assist with the migration of existing web pages to this new version of Colby.edu. We're confident that the result of these changes will be a better, simpler experience for all users.

— January 17, 2013