Main Website FAQs

The University launched its redesigned home page and main website in February 2008. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the site.

What is Princeton's "main website"?

The main website is the top 200 pages of Princeton's online presence, including the home page, and is the springboard into the millions of web pages at Princeton University. The main site also includes the News at Princeton site, a distinctive feature of Princeton's website that provides users with up-to-date news and information about the University. The main site is maintained by the Office of Communications and the Office of Information Technology.

What is new about Princeton's main website?

The main site has been redesigned to prominently feature new technologies including video, slideshows, podcasts and blogs to help showcase the creativity and accomplishments of our faculty, students and staff.

In addition, user feedback was incorporated to create several user-friendly enhancements. Some examples include: renaming the "Quick Links" menu to "Shortcuts" and moving it to increase its visibility; adding a community resources section; and replacing "Announcements" with “Featured Events.”

Also, the Search tool has been enhanced to show results for both the Princeton directory and University websites in one page.

How does this new design make it easier to navigate the main site?

Each main section of the site has a sub-navigation menu that provides direct access to each of the pages within that section. Visual elements clearly situate each page within the overall navigation scheme, making it easy to find the page again. See the Navigation Guide for more details.

Is the site "universally accessible"?

The site is built upon a number of advanced style sheets, including templates which are compatible with Braille systems and aural readers. Standard skip/access keys allow low-vision and other users to navigate around the page using the keyboard. When accessed by an out-of-date browser (such as Netscape 4.x), the site automatically displays a "stripped-down" version with text, links and photos, but no design.

Who are the main site's target audiences?

The main site is both the University's main public Web presence, as well as a key communications tool for the campus community. In this sense, it is both a public Internet site as well as an intranet. The University hopes that all members of the campus community will check the site frequently for news and join us at public events. Tens of thousands of external users visit the site every day. Key audiences include undergraduate and graduate school applicants, students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, news media, researchers, job applicants and donors.

What does Princeton University value about its websites?

As an institution devoted to teaching, learning and service, Princeton places high value on providing broad and easy access to useful, accurate and up-to-date information and services via the Web. The University has made it a priority to expand and improve its use of the Web to communicate with its many audiences and to conduct its business. It is committed to excellence in content, design and customer service, and to using the Web both to enhance its commitment to diversity and to build an ever-stronger sense of community.

The University respects the individuality, freedom of expression, privacy and creativity of individual users of the Web, while also committing itself to the highest possible standards of reliability, efficiency, security, ease of use and technical support for providers and users. As a University with a distinctive identity and mission, Princeton expects that its websites will convey that distinctiveness — that they will have a look and feel that conveys a sense of the idea and the place that is Princeton.

How was the new main website developed?

The 2008 site was developed by the Office of Communications, the Office of Information Technology, Mithra Zahedi Design and Roxen Internet Software AB, based on feedback accumulated from students, faculty, staff and visitors since 2005. The new site enables users to comfortably access important information, including University priorities, and to have enhanced experiences through video, blogs and other new technology.

The 2005 main site was also the product of years of research and team work. It was approved by the administration and guided by input from the campus community through the work of the Web Strategy Task Force, an online survey, focus groups, individual discussions, vendor briefings and site testing. The project represented a joint effort of Communications and Information Technology, with contributions from many other University departments and external consultants.

Whom do I contact with questions or comments about the new site?

You can provide feedback by clicking on the “Web page feedback” link in the footer of the home page.