University of Guelph homepage gets new look.

If you visited U of G’s homepage recently, you probably noticed a new look and feel.

Launched June 22 following consultation with senior administrators and other stakeholders across campus, the existing homepage was updated to make it more user- and smartphone-friendly. Unlike the old homepage, the new page fits better on smartphone screens without pinching or zooming.

“We’re refreshing our current design and improving some features,” says Stuart Robertson, web manager in Communications and Public Affairs, who led the six-month refresh process. “It gives us more flexibility in what content we display on the homepage, and allows us to better display stories, audio and video from U of G.”

The homepage is divided into sections for news, features, podcasts or videos, and campus events. Drop-down menus help users find what they’re looking for more easily, and the site’s responsive design condenses these menus into one when viewed on a smartphone.

Rotating photo banners feature images of campus, research and learning.

“We plan on making more use of social media,” such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, he adds. “There will be more ways to follow us and share our content.”

The updated template will begin to be applied to other U of G web pages over the next few months.