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Universities UK – Public Website 2017-09-22T19:36:40+00:00

Project Description

Universities UK Public Website

Universities UK is the definitive voice for universities in the UK, providing high quality leadership and support to their members, to promote a successful and diverse higher education sector.

Challenge

Universities UK approached Intelogy to redesign and rebuild their current website in SharePoint 2013. The site had to be accessible compliant, responsive and engaging, providing users a higher level of interactivity and effectively increase user engagement.

One key requirement was that content contributors can easily administer content in different areas of the site, while providing oversight on published content and making cross-promoting and tagging related content a simple task.

Solution

We achieved all objectives through very detailed and thoughtful information architecture, putting the target audience and content contributors at the center of the user experience requirements.

We implemented SharePoint’s publishing infrastructure and group-based permissions to allow easy adding and removing of content administrators and a single administrator handling publishing of finalised and vetted content.

The term store was used to tag pages, which web parts consume automatically to display related articles, blog posts, events, and theme experts. This provides a central point for managing tags and top navigation, and fully automates the related content streams to allow content contributors to focus on content rather than page configuration.

Image Renditions were used in SharePoint to ensure images are loaded at the correct resolution rather than putting extra weight on content contributors to provide images in the correct formats and dimensions.

We built the site using as much well-documented frameworks as possible, to ensure Universities UK can easily extend the application if they chose to do so, without the need for heavy documentation or additional consultant cost.

Benefits

  • Easily and centrally managed keywords, themes and top navigation.

  • Automated image resizing and cropping to allow content contributors to upload large images without messing causing display issues or large downloads for end-users.

  • Using SharePoint 2013’s term store for top navigation and tagging content allows the display of related content on landing pages from different areas of the site, giving visitors full insight into UUK’s mission and vision.