After spending more than nine months in development, the completely revamped website for the Associated Students of the University of Nevada has gone live. The newest iteration of nevadaasun.com, which launched on Jan. 25, was created to modernize ASUN’s platform and keep pace with changing technology.
The recent redesign was first proposed in October 2013, but deliberations among the student government continued for seven months before funds were approved in April 2014.
However, during the April 4 senate meeting where the redesign was approved, six senators expressed concern that a new website was not necessary and that the old, then current, website did not have any functional issues.
Additionally, when funding was discussed, there were worries over the steep increase in price and that the redesign would occur too close to the last. The previous website-overhaul had only cost $15,000, adjusted for inflation, while the new website would amount to over $22,000.
At the time of deliberation, the website was less than three years old, meaning that the new proposal conflicted with the Statutes of the Associated Students, which mandates that any capital spending project have a minimum service life of three years.
In spite of these worries, the senate approved the appropriation and the building of the website began. The funds were paid to the Abbi Agency, a local public relations and marketing firm. From there, Boost Creative, a local ad agency, was contracted to take full creative and technical control of the project.
While retaining much of the functionality of the last website, the redesign comes with several key changes in addition to a major aesthetic facelift. The website now includes responsive design, allowing the site to adapt to different screen sizes, and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
However, the most extensive change is in the way information has been condensed and simplified in an attempt by ASUN to make the website more accessible to a wider range of students.
Thus far, the website seems to be doing just that, according to ASUN director of public and campus relations Matt Lush.
“We’ve received a lot of positive feedback,” Lush said. “This group of leaders is about to complete their terms in office and we’re going to have a whole new set. I think, internally, it sort of inspires this new group of leaders, and [the website acts] sort of like an internal tool for inspiring them.”
Even so, the launch was not without its hiccups. Although the website is currently functional, campus IT was forced to postpone continued development of the website to deal with a bout of malware. As a result, certain pieces of information, namely the pictures and bios of current government officers, have been left off of the website temporarily. The issue is expected to be addressed in the near future.
Nevertheless, Lush remains confident that the website will continue to serve ASUN and the student body well into the coming years.
“It’s a new identity,” Lush said. “The process for doing that though takes quite an extensive amount of time. I think all of us were sort of unaware of just how big of a process it would be, but we pushed through it and created something really cool.”
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