CU develops new responsive website

CU develops new responsive website


Feb. 22, 2013

By Rebekah Southwood, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.—The Campbellsville University web development office has transformed campbellsville.edu into a fully responsive, adaptive website.

Now, visitors to the university website will be greeted with a site that is easily readable from any smart device as it automatically scales itself to the size of the users’ screen. Forms and articles are full size, phone numbers are dynamically linked to call with a tap of the screen and many other features that make a pleasing experience for the mobile web user.

Ed Goble, CU admissions marketing specialist, said, “With almost 30 percent of new visitors to our website coming from iPhones, android smart phones and tablets, responsive technology will ensure we provide each of those visitors with an easy to use, easy to view website.”

Campbellsville University is one of the first institutions in the country to have a fully responsive website, although, many if not all others will be moving in that direction in the coming months, Goble said.

Many institutions have mobile-dedicated websites which essentially intercept traffic coming from a smartphone or tablet and send the user to a site designed specifically for mobile users. While this technology is excellent and there are many fine examples of collegiate mobile websites, it requires the management of two sites instead of one and increases the risk of error, Goble said.

Goble, who is the university’s website developer, said, “We’re also putting useful items like CU’s daily food menu, announcements, TigerNet-mobile access (for students to get into their account from their electronic device for courses and other information) and more practical, day in and day out material on the home page so people can save it to their device home screen and access our website all the time.”

The website now has the availability of Jenzabar’s Internet Campus Solution (JICS) which students will access from the homepage menu link, TigerNet-Mobile. This feature will allow students to access their JICS account from their mobile device for coursework and other information.

To save the CU website to a devices homepage so it opens similar to an app:

Apple
• In the Safari browser (iPhone, iPad) go to: campbellsville.edu
• Touch/tap the middle icon on the bottom navigation bar (little rectangle with arrow pointing to the right)
• Touch/tap Add to Home Screen
• It will automatically put the CU icon and name the shortcut CU Mobile.

Android

• On the default Android browser, click/touch the menu button
• Click/touch Bookmarks.
• Name the bookmark CU-Mobile and click OK.
• Once the bookmark is in your bookmark list, long-press on the TigerNet item to bring up the context menu, and then select Add shortcut to Home.
• This will create an icon on your home screen to the site

For more information on the Campbellsville University new responsive website contact Goble at webmaster@campbellsville.edu.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.
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