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Brigham Young Project Enables Better Campus Websites

Brigham Young University is launching a free service in 2019 called "BYU Sites," to help employees manage their departmental websites. The new initiative is a joint effort between the Office of Information Technology and University Communications.

According to school officials, BYU Sites will address five needs:

  • Increasing the overall efficiency of website production;
  • Delivering a consistent user experience across the BYU domain;
  • Helping to reduce cybersecurity risks;
  • Making the university's websites more accessible to people with disabilities; and
  • Aligning those individual websites with university brand standards.

To wrangle its multitude of websites, the university has hired Nate Walton, who previously served as an art director, user experience designer and adjunct professor at the institution, as BYU Sites manager. A steering committee advising on the project also includes representatives from Publications & Graphics, Information Security and members of a web advisory board.

For Walton, the goal is to make the service "incredibly easy to use — so people can spend less time with the nuts and bolts of their site and more time with the content and strategy."

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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