Thank you to everyone who has been working hard in getting us to this point with the new web site. If you would like some inspiration, I recommend opening the old and new web sites in two different browser windows. As an example, compare:
http://www.middlebury.edu/arts with http://midd2.middlebury.edu/arts/
http://www.middlebury.edu/campuslife with http://midd2.middlebury.edu/studentlife/
or better yet, compare your old site with your new one.
We are getting very, very close to being able to launch the new site. We have to finalize some designs and programming, and then do some final testing and clean-up work. Depending on how good our estimates are, you can expect to see the new site up and running in early February. Part of what we’ll be doing between now and then is testing the new site, and so you may hear again from us asking for help in identifying bugs, broken links, formatting problems, and other issues that inevitably crop up when one moves an entire website to a new platform.
Most people have completed their sites to the point where they feel comfortable launching. We have scheduled some afternoon worksessions for small changes in content, and to receive feedback from people in Communications on the design of their pages. (If you are behind on just converting to the new platform, you can of course also use this time to do that work!)
Tuesday January 19th, Drupal WorkSession, 2-5pm in LIB 105
Wednesday January 20th, Drupal WorkSession, 2-5pm in LIB 105
Thursday January 21st, Drupal WorkSession, 2-5pm in LIB 105
Friday January 22nd, Drupal WorkSession, 2-5pm in LIB 105
Monday January 25th, Drupal WorkSession, 2-5pm in LIB 105
Tuesday January 26th, Drupal WorkSession, 2-5pm in LIB 105
Wednesday January 27th, Drupal WorkSession, 2-5pm in LIB 105
Friday January 29th, Drupal WorkSession, 2-5pm in LIB 105
This will be the last round of worksessions before we launch the site to the public!
When you have completed your site, please send an email to Tim Etchells ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and someone from Communications will review your site. Please be aware that if you have not maintained the standards found in these guides ( http://midd2.middlebury.edu/questions ) someone from Communications may make changes to your site.
If you are for whatever reason unsure as to whether or not you will finalize your site for launch in the next week or so, we need to know this. Please update the status of your site by going to http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=tPrMaJqCP-MLZK0BFlerdNQ and say when your site will be finalized, and what resources you may need to finalize it for launch.