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iUTMB  •  Published Thursday, October 8, 2015, 10:00 AM

UPDATED Friday: Launch of new home pages completed, feedback sought

Oct. 9, 2015: The launches of the new intranet (internal) and www (public) web environment this week were successful. The newly redesigned pages are now available, and the Internet Technology Committee needs and welcomes your feedback or questions on any aspect of the project. 

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Oct. 8, 2015: The launch of the new intranet (internal) web environment on Oct. 5 was successful.

The new iUTMB home page may be seen at http://intranet.utmb.edu/iutmb. (Users must be on the UTMB network or VPNed to access; use any modern browser for a full-featured experience.)

Work has advanced ahead of schedule on the conversion of the public home page to the responsive (all-device optimized) templates, and into the new Sitefinity content management system. This next  phase of the project will be ready for TESTING THIS AFTERNOON, Thurs., Oct. 8.

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Updated Oct. 6, 2015: The launch of a responsive iUTMB on Oct. 5 was successful. The new page may be seen at http://intranet.utmb.edu/iutmb. (Users must be on the UTMB network or VPNed to access; use any modern browser for a full-featured experience.) 

For comparison, the original iUTMB is still available at http://www.utmb.edu/iutmb/.

Work now continues on the conversion of the public home page to the responsive (all-device optimized) templates, and into the new Sitefinity content management system. This next  phase of the project should be ready in approximately two weeks; watch for details online and in the daily announcements. Learn more about this project, part of UTMB's Web Reboot...  

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New “interim” responsive home pages are being introduced for internal and external visitors of UTMB Health’s primary web domain, www.utmb.edu. The first of the changes is scheduled for this coming Monday; the work is also associated with the launch of UTMB's new content management system, Sitefinity.

The two pages—iUTMB and the main public home page—will look nearly identical to the pages they will replace. The pages will contain the same types of content and the same links in the same locations they were before. The primary difference is that these new pages are built in a way that makes them accessible to people on phones, tablets and similar devices—a practice and technology called “responsive design.”

Why it matters?
Responsive design is important for a number of reasons. Increasingly, visitors and users of UTMB’s websites are on smart phones (or tablets) rather than desktop PCs; it’s important that these customers have a good, useful web experience. Also, earlier this summer Google (which generates most of our search traffic) stopped delivering search results to mobile users from pages that were not mobile-optimized. And finally, the move to the new design is a linchpin in the rollout of Sitefinity, a new web content management system (CMS) that is part of a large project called the “Web Reboot.” It’s the beginning of a new way to build, publish and manage web pages at UTMB. You can read more about the Web Reboot and Sitefinity online.

What comes next?
During the next several months, many of the web pages and sites throughout the institution will be moved into responsive templates and into the new CMS. During this transition, feedback will be solicited from users of UTMB’s primary home pages (and other stakeholders), the information will be combined with usage data, and these interim home pages will be redesigned and relaunched.

Website visitors will note the changes to iUTMB first, beginning on Monday afternoon, Oct. 5. The change to the public home page will be scheduled pending the outcome of the iUTMB launch. These schedules may be revised depending on the outcome of ongoing testing.