Web Services

Redesign Blog Posts

What's going on today? Check the calendar!

Published: Sep 28, 2011 11:59 a.m.

“What’s going on today?” It’s an innocent question. Sometimes asked by students wondering what the Bethel Student Association has planned or alumni looking for opportunities to connect.

Farewell, Dr. Doyle

Published: Aug 10, 2011 10:02 p.m.

This fall marks the end of an era at Bethel. Dr. Bill Doyle, vice president for Information Technology Services, will be retiring after 30 years at Bethel. Bill, as he likes to be called, has helped Bethel navigate the challenges as higher-ed has embraced technology as part of the teaching and learning process. As a web team, we are also thankful for Bill's visionary leadership. It was Bill (and his counterpart in Communications and Marketing, Sherie Lindvall), who agreed to bring together ITS and C&M personnel to form Web Services over 3 years ago. It was a new idea in higher-ed and only because of it have we been able to accomplish such a successful  redesign of Bethel's website . Bill also has helped the University transition to Google Apps for Education, and most notably implement Banner a new ERP.

A Year After Launch

Published: Aug 2, 2011 10:19 a.m.

How are we doing? So we’re just over a year from the launch of our site and we’ve been measuring our progress fairly closely.   It’s been a long year trying to rewrite a majority of our content. For anyone who has done this before you know it’s simply hard. I often get the question why can’t we just copy content from our old site to our new one? In fact, if I’m honest, I’ve asked myself that same question. That’s why its important to have a way of measuring your efforts--a way of evaluating the impact that your work is making on your website audience. In our case this is what keeps me going, through the difficult process. After a year of plowing forward--some days in miles but most days in inches--our site visits are up, our pageviews are up, and virtually every other key indicator points toward success. Visits: + 58.85% Pageviews: + 92.38% Pages/Visit: + 21.11% Bounce Rate: - 26.69% Average Time on Site: + 51.30%