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Next Generation Web Experience: Frequently Asked Questions

October 2, 2018 — 

We will be updating these frequently asked questions as the Next Generation Website Experience project progresses.

Have a question that isn’t answered here? Contact ngwe [at] umanitoba [dot] ca

What is the Next Generation Web Experience project?

The Next Generation Website Experience (NGWE) strives to create a website that exceeds expectations and delivers an exceptional user experience.

Benefits of the new umanitoba.ca will include:

  • User-centred design, improving navigation and search
  • Responsive design, supporting mobile users
  • Universally accessible experience
  • New visual design along with a framework for a common look and feel around the site
  • Improved performance management and measurement capabilities
  • Improved web capabilities through a modern Content Management System (CMS)

When will the new umanitoba.ca launch?

A staged migration plan has been approved by the Project Board. A smaller initial site build, including the homepage, will launch in mid-2019 with the remaining content migrating over the following twelve months.

Does the NGWE project include Intranet?

Much of the content currently published on umanitoba.ca is for an internal audience. To better meet the needs of all of our audiences, an Intranet solution will be explored as an initiative in parallel to the umanitoba.ca website.

What will replace RedDot?

RedDot has been the U of M’s content management system since 2005 and will be replaced with Drupal. Drupal is a popular content management system for universities and is widely used across the U15 and at top colleges in the US. Drupal 8 will allow authors to easily update content and configure their sites with additional functionality to meet specific requirements.

How can I get involved in the NGWE?

The Next Generation Web Experience (NGWE) project’s success will rely on feedback from prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors. While we work towards the refresh of umanitoba.ca, we will be regularly asking members of our community to provide input.

You can help us improve umanitoba.ca by:

As part of the project introductions across the university, community members were asked to recommend team members for the Web Community of Interest (WCOI). This group will meet several times throughout each stage to learn more about current progress and provide feedback on the project.

If you are interested in joining the WCOI, please contact ngwe [at] umanitoba [dot] ca

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