CSUSM Launches New Responsive Web Design
By Katie Chappell
Last month CSUSM's website homepage got a major makeover featuring a new look, feel and functionality and a move to a responsive design.
More than just cosmetic, this bold and modern redesign will help the University better showcase key initiatives, highlight stories and share the CSUSM experience with a broad audience. Some of the featured content is top research and compelling campus stories, information for our prospective students on admissions and student life, academic programs, Cougar Athletics, the Forward Together campaign and campus events.
While the web address is the same – www.csusm.edu – the look and feel represents a significant change from the previous website homepage, which launched four years ago in 2012.
“This new design represents a true evolution for the campus homepages as we are updating both the focus and the design," said Kevin Morningstar, CSUSM's Chief Information Officer. "CSUSM’s new look brings a fresh and open design, that is focused on highlighting the campus community with a visual presentation that flows with updated graphics, engaging video, and flexible content that is mobile device friendly.”
In addition to communicating the CSUSM brand to an external audience, the website is also an important information and resource repository for the campus community. A new menu still provides easy access to commonly used internal and external resources such as MyCSUSM, webmail and Cougar Courses. Enhanced search functionality and a complete A to Z site index will also help users navigate to their desired destinations on the web.
The new www.csusm.edu was built with a responsive design, which provides users with an optimal viewing and interaction experience across a wide range of devices. The University homepage will now change in appearance and orientation on a user's phone, tablet or desktop to allow for easy reading and navigation.
This project was led by the CSUSM Web Services team in conjunction with the Office of Communications.