Welcome to Campus Suite!
You have an entire web team on this end
Your first assignment
Content is key!
The content on your web site is the main focus. It's what people are coming to see. Without quality imagery, verbiage, videos and graphics, no amount of good design will do it justice. We can't stress how important it is that you bring good content to the table. One of the best things you can do to prepare right now is start preparing your new content. Weed out old content and add any new content that is important. As you build your web site architecture in Sitebuilder, be thinking about your main landing pages (Admissions, Academics, Athletics, etc) and decide what content will be on them. How will you focus peoples attention into the other areas of that department? Our team will help you migrate your content from your live website, but presumably, there will be new pages that you establish in Sitebuilder that is not currently out on your site. We'll get you trained in the page editor so that you can begin to add new content, and massage the old content that our team is pulling over and positioning for you.
Focus on your top landing pages first. These are the most important pages on your site and include your home page, your schools home pages, curriculum, athletics, alumni, etc. Then, offload the lower-level interior pages to our content migration team. When building out your website architecture in Sitebuilder, it's important to understand that the Campus Suite migration team WILL ONLY migrate the pages you create in Sitebuilder. These links become part of the website worksheet that they will use as the blue-print of pages they have to find and migrate. You are in charge of adding other pages later as needed. Please ask your project manager if you are unclear on anything.
Most websites still do not conform to the latest ADA standards. More and more, visually or audibly-impaired users are hitting your website with special readers. The thing is, those readers only work well if the content on your website was prepared with accessibility in mind. This adds another layer of complexity to your website development. Click here to learn more about the Campus Suite ADA Service Plan. You will find our approach to ADA, and detailed documentation located here on our support site.
Of course, your web site is never really complete. It is a constantly changing marketing tool that may need to change to best reflect your school. Don't let small details hold up things like usability, good design and your overall message. The Campus Suite platform is made to allow you to refine content over time.
What time commitment should you expect?
You only get out what you put into something. Creating a new website can be a big feat, especially if you are a large district with a lot of schools. It's important to consider that the amount of time you put into the process will not only affect the final outcome of your site, but also your launch date. Your Campus Suite project manager is here to help keep things on track, but the launch date of your web site is completely in your hands.
Customers with the most successful web sites spend about 4-7 hours per week during the web site project. The more time you put in during the process, the better your outcome will be... and possibly will even reduce the time to launch. From the initial kick-off call to your web site launch, here's a general idea on what to expect:
Plan A: Theme: 4-6 weeks
Plan B: Supplied Design: 2 months
Plan C: Custom Design: 3 months
If your desired deployment is extremely sensitive, and you have custom design, then you might consider deploying your site using one of our themes, and then plan to launch your new design some time after. We CAN build and deploy your website using a theme, and then swap the theme with your custom design later.
Plan to spell out expectations to your project manager on the kick-off call. We're genuinely interested in creating the best project plan that works for your team.