Homepage Beta is Live!

A prototype of the new homepage design is now live at http://www.rochester.edu/beta/.

For this beta period, we’ve added commenting and “rate this page” functions for each page included in the beta, so please feel free to send us your feedback, either on individual pages or via the blog.

Some additional additions to the beta:

  • If you click on the large photo on the homepage, you go to a page that lists all the large photos, with desktop wallpaper available for selected images. We plan to expand the ways visitors can use these photos during the beta period.
  • The “Newsroom” is no longer a hard-coded mockup and is now actually serving up live news from all the University units, and live event information from the University calendar.
  • For the “sub-home” art, we stuck with the darker background images but made them shorter so that more of the content below would appear “above the fold” for users with shorter browser windows.

We plan to conduct more usability testing during this period with more audiences — prospective students, current students, faculty, and staff for a start — and I’m sure will continue to make changes. So keep those cards and letters coming in!

–lori

One thought on “Homepage Beta is Live!

  1. I like the new homepage design. My only issue is that I find that the body text is incredibly difficult to read in places, such as the About Us page and others. It simply isn’t crisp enough (especially if it is bold, and especially if it is bold and italic), and comes off blurry against the dark blue background. If it matters, I’m using Safari on a Mac, but also tried Firefox on the Mac with the same result.

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