When all of the revisions edits are complete and you have performed a final accuracy check for the content of your site, it is time to reveal the site to the public. Contact Web Design & Support and let us know that your site is ready to "go live” and we will do the rest.
The steps taken to “launch” your site are as follows:
- Web Design & Support will update the link in the University’s A to Z Web index to reflect your new website’s Address.
- WDS will also contact Information Technology and ask them to set up an automatic forward from any page on your old website (if you have one) to the home page of the new site.
One thing to note about this step – if you have an old department website that’s outside of the Open Text system you should contact Information Technology and request help in getting a backup copy of that site, just in case there is information on that site that you might need at a later date. Once this forward is set up, it will not be easy to get to ANY of the pages on the old site anymore.
- WDS will write and submit an article for the Faculty/Staff Newswire that will announce the launch of the new site to the Southeast campus community.
- If you so desire, WDS can create a Google Analytics report that will automatically send you updates on how many people are visiting your site on a weekly or monthly basis.
That’s everything! While there’s no denying that the process of building a website is a lot of work, it is a valuable investment to make sure that you are able to easily communicate with the audiences served by your department and offer them the information they need.