Holy Names University is working with the website development firm MB/I to redesign its website. The new website is scheduled to launch in spring 2014.
“This will be a huge step forward for the website, and for HNU,” says Jesse Loesberg, the university web manager. “The new site will interact better with search engines, be easier for everyone to use, and will look great on any size screen.”
The current HNU website was built in 2008 and a refreshed version was released in 2010. In the past few years, there have been significant changes in how websites are accessed by visitors. In 2012, visits to the HNU website using Apple iPhones increased 231 percent from the previous year, with iPad visits coming in at a 325 percent increase. One of the major goals of the redesign is to make the website responsive to cell phones and tablets, so that the website layout will adapt to smaller viewing devices.
In addition, HNU aims to modernize the look and feel of the website, create greater consistency throughout the site, simplify the back-end of the website, and produce a user-friendly site for visitors, including prospective and enrolled students and their families, faculty, staff, and community members. The new website will be built using a content management system making it easier for faculty and staff to regularly update website content.
Prior to the launch, however, visitors will see a cosmetic change to the homepage and interior pages. This change is necessary to create a consistent look between the website and new marketing materials.
Marissa Berger opened MB/I in 2000, and the company has grown to a team of designers, programmers, project managers, and support staff. MB/I has worked with several educational clients, including the Associated Students of the University of California Auxiliary, Shaklee University, and California College Pathways.