Web Redesign FAQ

Whats going on with the Williams website?

The Williams website is many things. It’s our primary face to the world, as well as a valuable source of information and the place where much of the college’s work gets done. It reaches faculty, staff, students, prospective students, parents, alumni and more.

Over the last several years there have been dramatic changes in the way websites are created and managed and the ways people interact with the web. The college has created a web operations team, which works closely with the Office of Communications to support the mission of the college by developing the best possible web presence for Williams.

What is WebOps?

Web Operations (also known as WebOps) is a recently formed group of six web specialists in the Office for Information Technology (OIT). Our mission is to create a consistent, compelling, and manageable web presence for the college while supporting the work of faculty and staff.

How can I contact WebOps?

If you have any questions or feedback please contact Carl Strolle Director of Web Operations. For technical support email [email protected].

What is WebOps up to?

  • Helping departments migrate their websites to WordPress.
  • Working with the communications office to lead a redesign of the college’s web presence.
  • Developing new features for departmental websites in response to faculty input.
  • Providing training and support to faculty and staff.

What is migration?

Migration is the process of moving an existing website into a new framework within WordPress, the content management system Williams uses. It also involves fixing broken links and updating outdated information.

Why migrate?

Moving your site into WordPress will give you the ability to update and maintain your site easily. WordPress may also offer capabilities you do not currently have, such as the ability to automatically generate staff directories, course listings, and departmental calendar feeds.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a content management system (CMS for short). It makes web publishing possible for non-technical users. There are many CMS systems out there. We chose WordPress because it’s easy to use yet powerful and flexible enough for a large website such as ours.

Why redesign the site?

Our website could use a fresh look, but a redesign is much more than that. With the redesign that is just getting under way, we will look carefully at the way the site is structured and how it’s serving our diverse audiences, and we will aim to build a new web presence that’s consistent, coherent, easy to navigate, sophisticated, and engaging in both design and function.

What is the redesign process?

WebOps and communications will engage the entire Williams community in a comprehensive redesign project. The process will involve a working group of faculty and staff, a focus group of faculty, staff, students, and others, as well as the college’s Information Technology Committee and Internet Strategy Group. All members of the Williams community will have opportunities to share their opinions and participate in the process.

What is the timeline for this project?

We anticipate launching the new site in the fall of 2012.