Can it be done? Learn the steps for meeting a short redesign deadline.
Faced with an aggressive website redesign timeline? Many schools find that they don’t have the luxury of time when it comes to planning and executing a website redesign. If you’ve been charged with overseeing a redesign project that needs to be launched sooner than later, you’ll find the following advice helpful.
Angela Cavaliere and Amelia Fox from Montgomery County Community College recently shared their experiences for completing a website redesign in less than one year. Following are their five top tips to help you be successful.
1. Set realistic expectations.
If an aggressive schedule is set, make sure that everyone campus-wide is committed to making it happen. See whether there are other large projects occurring simultaneously that might slow your project. Check with vendors to ensure that they can fit your project into their schedule.
2. Do extensive research up front.
Find out ahead of time what the needs are for various departments at your school since these are the people who will be maintaining the site. If you go through an RFP process, be very specific and thorough so that you don’t have to ask for additional information.
3. Dig deep into information architecture.
If you want a site that is easy to navigate, spend as much time as you can on your information architecture, or the layout of your site’s content. This makes the user experience easier and more satisfying, plus it prevents you from having to spend a lot of time later fixing everything that isn’t cohesive and sensible.
4. Get everything in writing.
If you have a conversation with your vendor on the phone, follow it up with an email recapping everything you discussed. The worst is to be in the middle of the project and assume that something is going to be done, only to find out that it’s not.
5. Involve key players from the start.
Utilize their expertise to help guide your decisions. Also, check in with your leadership to discuss their expectations and see that they are built into the scope of the project.
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