Building a University Website

The current version of was launched on April 1, 2012. While the site has served us well for six years, it’s time for a refresh. For the past several months, ND Strategic Content, the ND Web Team, and many partners across campus have been working together to create something fresh and new.

Over the next few weeks I’ll post a series of articles discussing a variety of issues ranging from technical requirements, performance, layout, etc, as well as periodic updates on progress and challenges.

Building in the open

Do you like broken websites? Have we got a treat for you! We’ve made the dev server open to the public. At any point between now and when we’re finished (aiming for mid-October 2018), you can see our progress at

Minimally styled markup for the new homepage on day one

You should expect to see completely broken layouts as we build the site design and style content. I plan on submitting the site at the end of each day to the Internet Archive for posterity (an early version can be viewed on I will also link to those archives if/when I’m commenting on a specific stage of the build.

If you have any questions or comments about the process, feel free to contact me via my contact form or @erunyon on Twitter. If you find something broken, check it again later 😁.