The Secrets of Organizing Your Higher Ed Site -  Decide

The Secrets of Organizing Your Higher Ed Site, Part 4 of 5: Decide

This is the fourth part in a five-part series. You should read the first part first, the second part second, and the third part third.

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Whittle down and clean your higher education website

The Secrets of Organizing Your Higher Ed Site, Part 3 of 5: Clean

This is the third part in a five-part series. You should read the first part first and the second part second.

In this series, we're discussing just how to promote a more positive user experience and overall design through better website content organization.

 

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Part 2: Explore - Organizing Your Higher Ed Site

The Secrets of Organizing Your Higher Ed Site, Part 2 of 5: Explore

This is the second part in a five-part series. You should read the first part first.

In this series, we're discussing just how to promote a more positive user experience and overall design through better website content organization.

 

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Frustrated Student on College Website

The Secrets of Organizing Your Higher Ed Site, Part 1 of 5: Inventory

In the modern information age, we’re all experiencing information, or cognitive overload. The sheer volume of information we’re exposed to and the frequency with which it arises can be an issue, but researchers tend to agree that it’s not the volume of information; it’s how it’s organized that’s the problem.

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What You Need to Know About Information Architecture

One of the biggest mistakes we see people make when it comes to their websites is not prioritizing information architecture. While the design aspects of a website are fun, glamorous, and ultimately vital to the success of your site, it’s important that you don’t jump straight to the design and forgo the important process of building a solid information architecture and understanding the purpose behind your site and its content.

What is information architecture (IA)?

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Student Using College Website

Improving Website Performance: A Site Manager's Guide to Minimizing Downtime

Higher education institutions often have large, complex websites that cater to many audiences who depend on their successful performance: Faculty, students, prospective students, parents and the higher education community at large.

The importance of your institution’s website cannot be understated. The web is now mission-critical, meaning that if your web presence fails, your business operations suffer as well. For this reason, any downtime is an unwelcome hassle for anyone charged with managing the website.

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Collecting Feedback on New Website or Feature

5 Tips for Collecting Feedback on your New Website or Feature

DO Start early

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The Accessible Web: What You Need to Know

Website Accessibility: What You Should Know

The accessible web means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, interact with, and contribute to the web. This encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the Web, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive and neurological disabilities. But web accessibility also benefits others, not just those with disabilities, including people with "temporary" disabilities such as a broken arm, older people with changing abilities due to aging.

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Inspiring Students to Achieve Education Beyond High School

As education becomes more of a necessity for the future workforce, educators and parents are constantly looking for new ways to encourage and motivate students to achieve more academically. However, they often overlook the primary ways to get students to be motivated and inspired to achieve higher education. Often the solution is to set academic standards higher for students but what might actually help students is to communicate with them on platforms that they are already using and encourage them to pursue careers in creating digital content.

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Free Download: Content Audit Template

Free Resource: Content Audit Template

The goal of a content audit is to understand the current state of your website content, i.e. what content is relevant, what can be merged with other content and what can be safely removed. You can then analyze the information and organize the content based upon  your users feedback, industry trends and site analytics. Theoretically, it seems a very simple process, but in practice, conducting a site audit can be a messy exercise if you don't have a plan in place. Some reasons to conduct content audits include:

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