I am happy to announce that we have published an updated version of President Loftin’s website. This brings the president’s site more into line with the university branding initiative, and allowed us to begin implementing new methods of developing websites.
The first thing we did was to move it out of WordPress and into our Cascasde Content Management System. This allowed us to be more flexible in content creation and delivery.
Under the hood, this is the first site that we have published using the “mobile first” philosophy of incorporating reactive (or adaptive) design. The page will scale down and be as accessible on mobile devices as it is on the desktop. We also did this when we published www.tamu.edu, but there the mobile view was build as an override of the traditional page view rather than as the default view. The mobile first method is actually much easier and produces a better experience since it is not an after-the-fact addon.
The code is also all HTML5. Learning and incorporating both of these new technologies slowed us down a little bit, but they will form the basis of all of our web publication in the future.