Do you like our new Website?

Thank you for taking time to give us feedback. Launching a new website is wild ride and involves being ready to “go” and continue to build it after it’s up and running. We have been getting great input from people and are working to incorporate much of it over the next few weeks. Some of our links are not yet up and many of the page designs are still in process. The site gives us great capacity to incorporate video and provide a more interactive experience for the users and particularly our students and those who are looking for good solid business content. The poll provided me an opportunity to test our interactions and i will pass that along to my team.

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9 thoughts on “Do you like our new Website?

  1. Might be better if it actually had links that worked! Not navigatable at this time. Looks like one of grandmas patchwork quilts….

  2. Nathan and Gary – thank you so much for your feedback (and thank you to those who have voted thus far – we take all feedback seriously). For those leaving negative feedback – please elaborate. Our goal with this site was to target the “CEO/decision-maker” and prospective students as primary audiences. The look is meant to pay homage to sites like Flipboard and LinkedIn’s Pulse – we were looking to achieve a much more visually appealing look than what was there previously. We’ll be taking all feedback into account as we work on making the best site possible.

  3. Please, don’t see it as negative feedback; it is not. It is a choice to pick from a poll. It is an opinion (our Dean knows about opinion, he is an opinionated one!).

    I prefer more simpler, cleaner, not “bling” websites that offer the information users are looking for in a fast, easy to find, tasteful way. Websites which do not rely much on third party services. See the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as an example (http://unc.edu/). They are even running WordPress!

  4. From first impressions:

    This site must have been built by a team of college interns from the marketing department: All bling, no usable solution that helps me. Very un-flowing webpage, all linked content does not follow the same framework…there at least should have been SOME examples of what transitioning pages would have looked like to see if the design holds up beyond just a dysfunctional homepage.

    The tiles methodology, despite Microsoft thinking it works so well, didn’t translate well to a mobile device, and didn’t function very intuitively on a real PC either.

    I think I would define that page as an Alpha revision, not beta phase…get back to the whiteboard and fix the fundamental technical issues before embarrassing more alumni with this.

    • When used wisely (read no overboard), Youtube could be of use. But when you want to have more control (like on a front page of a website) having many Youtube videos is overkill.

      Then there is the usage of issuu.com (with an outdated magazine). That can be done in house (FlexPaper, http://flexpaper.devaldi.com, for example), Jquery pulled from Google, and JS palooza everywhere (non-minified). Just run a web inspector on Chrome or Safari on OS X and you will get the idea.

      Sorry about the ‘techie’ talk; this is our Dean weblog, not a technical forum. 🙂

      • Thanks for your suggestions, David. Issuu.com is used by the university itself to house its publications as well. However we are always happy to look at other possible solutions. FlexPaper allows for embedding, I see, but does it provide per-page analytics like Issuu does? This is important for developing our reports and measuring effectiveness.

  5. I am a web designer and also am a marketing/graphic design intern at UCF, and I must say that personally I think the new design is going to be challenging to newcomers. The way the flash menus are set up makes it very difficult to figure out what you are looking at and how you can navigate between the different links. I think it is typical for people to assume that pictures will be linked, so the fact that there is a small text link at the bottom of the pictures increases confusion while decreasing navigability and ease of use. The title of the website (“College of Business Administration”) is at the bottom of the homepage when it should be at the top and does not stand out very well against the background. The site menu is hidden under the “discovery” button, which I think most people will not see because they are used to seeing a menu bar across the top of the page. In my opinion, the aesthetics fall short of the “UCF” standard- there is no Knight imagery, nor is there that modern, progressive sleekness that I usually associate with UCF. I did eventually notice that the background image is that of the statue outside the UCF Alumni center, but the College Guide covers the horse’s face so that it is impossible to tell that it is the statue. I think the “UCF look” can be achieved through subtle design elements that flow together with colors that are consistent with the general marketing standards. I think the MIT Sloan website is a good example of a modern, subtle, and easily navigable website that adhere’s to its brand standards. The sub-pages of the new COB website (i.e. Undergraduate Degree Programs) look like basic HTML code pages. The links are hard to see and unappealing. There are more suggestions I have, but I will stop there. I think many adjustments should be made before this new site goes live to the public.

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