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Update on Website/CMS Projects; View New Homepage Design

College community,

Work on the College’s website redesign and Content Management System implementation projects continues. Over the past two-three months, the team has made great strides in working with Focus Media on the final design tweaks and OmniUpdate on the customization of the CMS to fit the College’s design.

Now that all of the technical specifications of the CMS have been established and developed, we feel comfortable sharing the NEW DESIGN with the College community since the design will not be undergoing any significant modifications.

You may view the new homepage design at

At this point, the links shown on the homepage design are inactive, and will only redirect you back to the top of the homepage.

In keeping with the College’s intent on utilizing the website as a student recruitment tool, you’ll immediately notice some new terminology in the main horizontal navigation bar, and four “callout” areas directing prospective students to consolidated information on academic programs, careers, financial aid and admissions. The large slider at the top will almost extensively be used for recruitment-related messaging (the examples in the current slider show the various text options available, depending on where the key image content in the photo may reside).

The “facts” bar and “news” locations will contain success stories, significant announcements and other tidbits designed to provided additional information to prospective students and their families. An events slider near the bottom of the page will highlight a modest selection of upcoming events.

In addition to implementing a modern CMS and new website design, we are happy to announce that most all pages within the SUNY Orange website will also be mobile friendly as a result of our transition to the OUCampus CMS.

The SUNY Orange implementation team (Chris Thurtle, James Kimiecik, William Ansley, Artur Charukhchyan and I) will be receiving initial training in the next 7-10 days so that we can test the CMS … to make sure OmniUpdate developed and customized the CMS as we requested. Some limited migration testing will follow before the College can accept control of all content. We do not yet have an established timeline for these upcoming steps in the process.

We anticipate a “Go Live” date for the new design and CMS sometime during the Spring semester, once all departments have been able to review, update or delete content as necessary. We’ll be contacting the webpage managers with information on all of the new design templates (landing pages, content pages, and new features), as well as CMS training and migration, in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at x4728 or via email.


Mike Albright