Web design partner selected

The Web Team has been hard at work for many months searching for the right partner to come alongside us for the website redesign project. We began by writing a Request for Information, which we sent to about a dozen design firms, both local and non-local. After reviewing all of the responses, we narrowed our search down to our top two choices who we brought to campus to meet with in person. As a result of that process, one group has stood out as an excellent choice for our needs.

We’re thrilled to introduce you to Mighty. They are a local firm based in Grand Rapids, and although they are smaller (10 staff members) their focus is solely on the web. We were extremely impressed by their thoughtful approach to web content strategy and design, as well as their top notch client list and portfolio.

We’ll soon have the details finalized with our agreement with Mighty and will be kicking off the project with them in the near future!

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New athletics website goes live with PrestoSports

A year’s worth of hard work and teamwork has culminated with a new athletics website for those who follow the Flying Dutch and Flying Dutchmen and those who dream of one day becoming a student-athlete at Hope.

Hope College has partnered with PrestoSports in this  redesign of the college’s athletics website. PrestoSports also services the websites for the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and more than 300 NCAA Division III institutions.

The partnership with PrestoSports will allow opportunities for expanded coverage of Hope Athletics, including visually. Each team’s roster pages now will feature individual pictures of each student-athlete. Results from Hope sporting events will be updated more quickly. The Sports Information Department at Hope College is planning to provide multi-media storytelling, including expanded use of video and social media.

PrestoSports also offers a mobile site for Hope Athletics, making it easier for fans to keep up to date with their smartphones. We hope you enjoy this newest way to keep track of your favorite school and teams.

Interactive Campus Map goes live

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new web-based interactive campus map provided through CampusBird.

Some of the map’s features include:
  • Photos and descriptions for each location on the map
  • Directions and sharing from each pin drop
  • 360° panoramic images for many prominent locations (click the yellow people icons throughout the map)
  • Search function with keywords for each location
We’d appreciate your feedback, take a look and let us know what you think!

Content Management System Selected: OU Campus

We’re pleased to share after significant feedback from the campus community, we will be moving forward with the selection of OmniUpdate’s OU Campus as the new Content Management System (CMS) for the Hope website.

OU Campus is the leading web CMS for higher education, and it is used to manage more than 700 college and university websites.

Some of the features we love:

  • powerful administration
  • streamlined content
  • user friendly editing
  • reusable content
  • quality control
  • convenient publishing
  • extensibility
  • effortless syndication

Although this is a big step, it is only the first of many. We will be turning our attention to selecting a web design and content strategy partner to fulfill the other aspects of the project.