Good afternoon Unit Web Coordinators,
As noted in the cancellation message, we are sending this month’s update via email in lieu of an in-person meeting. We will have more news to share around the ongoing web refresh and other relevant topics at an upcoming meeting, but in the meantime wanted to make you aware of the following:
- Work is proceeding with moving the WWW (nau.edu) network off the third-party cloud host it has been using, Armor, to the Microsoft Azure hosting that has benefited IN for quite some time. Setup of the development environments is almost complete, so that testing can begin over the month of May.
- Please note that Armor will be performing maintenance that will cause a brief outage on the current www.nau.edu website on May 24th @ 1:00am.
- We are working closely with Sean Kugler in Disability Resources to develop specific Accessibility training connected to Siteimprove that will be offered later this summer. More details to come, but in the meantime, the schedule for our virtual labs can be found on the in.nau.edu/web website for standard WordPress and Siteimprove assistance.
- Correction of broken links and spelling errors identified in Siteimprove continues, with both WWW and IN showing record lows in both categories. IN has been working to maintain 0 broken links and cut down on misspellings for some time now, but in the last two months nau.edu has dropped its count of broken links by half, from about 600 to just under 300! We are grateful for the effort University Marketing has put into this initiative and are actively working toward both domains showing 0 in each category.
- University Marketing has also been deeply involved moving forward with a variety of web-based initiatives, namely the web refresh for nau.edu, a new microsite for the NAU “Bring Your Aspirations” Campaign and starting work on a revamped President’s site.
- The partnership with ITS, UM, and their new digital marketing partner Red Door Interactive has had two projects come to completion. The first was the migration of the degrees.nau.edu microsite to a more scalable platform, with the second being creation of a short Request for Information form that feeds directly into Salesforce.
If you have questions on any of these specific items or WordPress concerns in general, please reach out to myself or Rye Heidinger so that we can ensure they are addressed and routed to the proper team.