Samford University The BelltowerFebruary 2005

Samford web site redesign

Samford Launches Redesigned University Web Site

“...It reflects both a graphic and a philosophical shift in Samford’s online identity, and will be significantly simpler in use, more logical in organization and more valuable to all users, especially the University’s primary online audience--prospective students...”

Samford’s dramatically redesigned web site debuted Monday, January 31. It reflects a profound philosophical shift in Samford’s online identity, and is significantly simpler in use, more logical in organization and more valuable to all users, especially the University’s primary online audience--prospective students.

These days, seventy-five percent of a prospective student’s college search is conducted online. Fifty-five percent of prospective students begin their college search before their Junior year of high school. Our redesign of the Samford site reflects this reality and achieves a balance between Samford’s image as a traditional liberal arts university and the need to serve a technologically savvy generation that values easy access to information, interactivity, distinctiveness and brand recognition.

The new web design recognizes that faculty, staff, students and alumni also appreciate fast, easy access to the information they use on a daily basis. Toward that end, we’ve created a new Samford portal that will be easier to enter, allow you to personalize your Samford web content and layout and choose from a variety of new services including discussion groups and news headlines.

Those of you who already are part of the Samford community should follow the "Log in to Samford's Portal" link in the bottom right corner of the new homepage. When you log in, using your current username and password, you'll notice a variety of services, listed on tabs across the top of the main window.

One of these tabs, Samford Web Pages, is a replacement for the home page menu. Another is Online Services, where you'll find the Web for Employees, Web for Faculty and Web for Alumni services.

Samford News, in the upper right portion of the login page, replaces the scrolling headlines of the old homepage. In the center column are Campus Announcements, Personal Announcements (for any discussion groups you may have joined),and Samford E-mail. The e-mail window provides a convenient way to keep up with your mail, but is no different from the web version of the GroupWise e-mail client. You still have the option of using the desktop GroupWise client.

For more detailed information about using the Portal, we encourage you to join the Portal Training Group. This group will allow you to ask questions and share your experiences with the Portal's features. To join, simply click on Groups in the upper right corner, click on Groups Index, then choose the Training tab.

Let us know if you have questions, concerns or suggestions about this exciting new tool!

The Samford Web Team:
Donna Fitch, Web Designer & Editor
Jana Peairson, Web Content Editor
Sean Flynt, Electronic News Editor

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