ODU Web Redesign Nearing Initial Launch « News @ ODU


This email is part of a series of regular updates on the progress of the Website Redesign Project (WRP).

Last month, the WRP almost completed the delivery phase. The site has been delivered to ODU, content migration and quality assurance (QA) testing is ongoing, and content migration for Wave 1 the pages are complete. It’s an exciting time for the WRP, as we are rapidly approaching a go-live milestone during the week of October 31.

  • During this first launch, the units included in Wave 1 will be the first to migrate from our old Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) site to our new Drupal site. The list of units included in each Wave will remain up to date on the WRP website.
  • Regardless of when your unit pages migrate, the entire website will receive an exciting facelift! You will see a new header, footer, and side navigation on all pages of the odu.edu website. This includes an all-new Mega Menu, as well as updated site-specific side navigation menus. You can preview the new page designs on the WRP website.

Here’s what you can do to prepare for launch:

  • When copying and sharing the URL of your web pages, please omit the www./ww1. which comes before the “odu”. Get in the habit of only sharing odu.edu and everything after it. Indeed, our website will live on two content management systems (CMS) until all waves have been migrated to our new Drupal website (summer 2023).
  • Confirm that the personal information about your Phone book is correct and up to date. If not, update using Monarch Profile Manager.

The WRP team will continue to work with content managers and Wave 1 units on campus to prepare for the launch of their sites. For project phases and timelines, migration/wave planning, advance communications and FAQs, please visit our Website redesign project website or email webredesign@odu.ed with questions.

Please be on the lookout for additional WRP emails as we announce more go-live details.

Caitlin Chandler, Assistant Vice President of Marketing

Rusty Waterfield, Associate Vice President for University Services and Chief Information Officer

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