The Nicholls State University website has been a project of continuous iteration and enhancements. The 2015 redesign project was no exception with a WordPress theme based on the Underscore(_S) starter theme using Sass to organize and simplify complex CSS techniques and customized PHP to create useful tools to communicate with visitors. Some of the custom applications include the homepage calendar feed that actually uses the Google Calendar API which allowed non-technical web editors to help update events using the calendar system they were already using as part of their daily duties.
This website was designed to be responsive based on screen size allowing the site to be useful with multiple devices. During this projects development around 60% of the visitors were using either phones or tablets when interacting with website.
I continue to enjoy to progression of the Web as a platform for communication using multiple media. In this iteration of the website for Nicholls State University, the design is meant to be simpler and more visual in order to convey the sometimes complicated vision of the university. The site uses responsive techniques to make it more usable across smartphones and tablets, and the web technology under the hood is making a slow backwards compatible progression to HTML5 and CSS3. The tools used for this website continue to use WordPress for content management, but some new tools such as Sass/Less (Compas) & Susy are used to help produce the final CSS.
Websites for a higher education institutions are complex and always changing. I have worked for Nicholls State University for over six years and I’ve made several revisions. The site at this point uses a combination of static HTML, WordPress, and other web applications. I’m just going to put all the screen images I can for the Nicholls State University Website up to this point. There are a couple images of the site before I started working if you are interested in what I started with.