- Project planning & management
- Information architecture
- Website design
- Website development
- Usability testing
- Mobile (responsive) website design & development
- Training and support
- Free self-service website templates
Drupal is for department, program, or center websites. Drupal sites can be built in either the build-it-yourself template system or can be WDS custom-built.
WordPress is for ODUS-recognized student groups, department blogs, department events, or campus initiative websites.
OpenScholar is for faculty, staff, researchers, and lab websites.
Our Process for Custom Website Projects
All custom projects are governed by a management process which allows us to articulate and carry through a plan that ensures the successful launch and maintenance of your new site.
Step 1: Discovery
We begin with a conversation about your needs and goals. We help you determine and refine the goals of your website and the target audience. We also give you an overview of the content management systems and available modules. We prepare a project agreement which includes a cost estimate. Once the agreement signed, your project can begin.
Step 2: Planning
Key project stakeholders attend a working session to develop your site's Information Architecture (IA). This step serves several purposes: it lays out the primary structure of the site's content and navigation, lets us define the technical requirements, and tells you how much work is needed on your part to create the new site. We create wireframes (a non-working prototype/skeleton) so you can walk through your website before the design is applied.
Step 3: Design
Our design staff creates a design based on your needs and style preferences. This includes 'look and feel,' colors, fonts, and iconography.
Step 4: Development & Implementation
Once you sign off on the design, we implement it into the content management system, blog system, or mobile framework. We also implement modules you have requested. If you have not already started, you can begin entering content.
Step 5: Testing & Delivery
During this step we test in various browsers, review that the websites meets University requirements, and move the site from a development area to a live production server.
Step 6: Maintenance & Stewardship
Once the site is live, you maintain the content and we'll take care of the system and servers.
Why Use Our Services?
- We maintain the systems for you.
- We make sure the systems are secure.
- We strive to maintain best practices.
- We're a cost savings to the University - our rates are low (or free).
- We have a team of experts who are passionate about making great websites.
If you wish to have your website considered for archival by the University Archives, please submit a website preservation request.