Queen Margaret University tenders for re-design of 'dated' website

Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh is tendering for the re-design of its website, which was last re-designed and re-developed eight years ago.

There are currently around 2,500 pages of content which are largely managed through decentralised web editors using a Dreamweaver-based system.

The university says in its tender: "We are aware that website design and technology has developed greatly since the site was created, and, following a review of our site by a third party, we are now planning its full re-development, to allow us to deliver more relevant informative content".

The university says it wants to be able to update web pages more easily, and ensure consistency through the adoption of open source CMS (content management system) technology.

It also wants to move to web 2.0 technology and mobilise content, and make the work of its decentralised team of web-editors easier all round. Editors are currently supported by the marketing and IT teams.

In addition, it says it wants to develop a "more robust web governance framework".

The university says: "The appearance and design of qmu.ac.uk is stale. At eight years old, the look and feel of the university’s main marketing vehicle has become dated and unappealing.

"With over 2,500 pages, the website contains too much content and makes the most sought after information difficult to find."

It also says individual pages contain too much text and "are not written for the web medium".

As well as an open source CMS, QMU wants it to be based on Microsoft .Net technologies, compatible with its current IT infrastructure. It uses MS SQL server 2008 r2 and above, and operates a thin-client infrastructure, including Citrix XenApp/Presentation Server.

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