Developing Your New College or University Website


Development is where the heavy lifting starts.  It’s where all the pieces of the puzzle are carefully intertwined to complete the vision.  It’s a process too.  All of our projects employ a standard methodology, led by a veteran project manager that keeps the project moving, manages the timeline and budget, tracks issues, handles meetings and communications and is focused on quality.  Beacon’s project managers also have technology backgrounds and many have worked in large corporations.  Therefore, they bring BOTH business and technology experience to the process.


Keep in mind that the strength and endurance of your website rests squarely on the infrastructure that it’s built on.  Developers are responsible for bringing the design to life while adhering to a variety of industry standards, including 508 and WCAG compliance (for multiple devices and browsers).  Complexity is ratcheted up as developers must also integrate best-in-class 3rd party software like Content Management (Cascade CMS), Site Search (Google Custom Search), Analytics (Google Analytics) and incorporate interfaces with other systems used by your institution (Admissions applications, financial aid, event software, social media, etc.).  There are a lot of pieces to this puzzle and they all must fit together perfectly.


For Beacon, the primary development items include:

    • Technical Documentation - describing the built-in styles, URL structure, naming scheme, file structure, etc. 
    • Google Analytics Development – migration of GA Tracking code to the new site & test, so reporting remains consistent as you move from your old website to the new one. 
    • HTML Development for Style Guide Template, Home Page Template, Landing Page Template(s), Interior Page Template(s), News Listing & Detail Page, Calendar Page, Google Custom Search Results Update, Faculty Directory, Campus Emergency Message & Page
    • Cascade CMS Development for Initial Setup (sites, formatting, publishing destinations, user access, redesign outputs… not disturb production site), Home Page Template, Landing Page Template(s), Interior Page Template(s), News Listing & Detail Page, Calendar Page, Google Custom Search Results Update, Faculty Directory
 
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