If you guys are anything like me, you’ve never really paid a ton of attention to the Hope website. In fact, as a freshman (three whole years ago now!) I found myself getting confused between KnowHope, KnowHope Plus, and the regular Hope website because they all looked so incredibly similar to me. But within the last year or so, the Hope site has been slowly undergoing a huge makeover.
As an intern for the Office of Public Affairs and Marketing, I’ve watched the website go from slightly dated and difficult to navigate to a modern and helpful space for students to get the information they need. Because the old design was a bit more challenging to surf through, I was unaware of all the amazing features our site already had, as well as the new additions that make it even more connected to the student body.
One of my favorite things about the new site is the news section. Essentially the News section is one big calendar that posts various press releases about campus happenings, as well as features students’ Instagram, Twitter and blog posts about the college. It’s shocking to me how many students don’t even realize their posts are featured on the site, simply because they’re unaware of what the News section is. We try and feature as many different students and student groups as possible, so you never know who you may see on the site! It’s a fun and unique way to open the communication door between students and the college.
Another feature that has become a lot more student-friendly is the events section of the home page. This section not only lays out all the upcoming events for the week, but also provides a photo of the building where the event will take place. This works to benefit prospective students, who may not know where, say, Lubbers Hall is. It also reminds current students of the many opportunities for learning and growth that Hope continually offers.
These are just a couple of the features our new site boasts, and the more I navigate through the site, the more I find. I recommend students of all kinds, whether prospective, underclassman, or upcoming seniors, to spend some time on the site and become familiar with all it has to offer. You never know when it may come in handy!