The new goes live

The web site got a fresh new look when the Northeast State web site went live today.

The College adopted the Ektron content management system to reorganize the new site and improve navigation capabilities for both students and faculty.

“It is one of the best content management systems in the industry,” said Russell Bowman, webmaster at Northeast State’s information technology department.

Bowman has spent the better part of one year rebuilding the web site from the ground up. Pages were migrated on a temporary beta page built into the new web site.  The soon-to-be-replaced web site hosted approximately 2,700 separate web pages.  The new site is condensed to half that number with more direct links and navigation mapping.

“The existing website for Northeast State has been in use since 2002, so we are very excited about transitioning to a new site,” said Fred Lewis, vice president for Information Technology at Northeast State. “The new site should be more visually appealing, easier to navigate, and provides additional capabilities we did not have with the old web site.”

Designed for easier navigation for new and current students, the new site features quick access hover menus at the top of the page. Students can easily access links to apply for admission and financial aid, register for classes, check out scholarships, and find an advisor.

Students can access familiar online tools of Desire 2 Learn, MyNortheast, and NORSTAR to manage student account information and course assignments. The site features built-in analytics to gauge popular pages and get feedback from students and staff about the site’s use. Each page also can be commented on via the social networks of Facebook or Twitter.

Ektron counts private sector clients including Eastman Chemical Company and Wal-Mart as well as the Tennessee Board of Regents, Northeast State’s governing body.

“Rebuilding the site has been a long process but the finished product is well worth it,” said Bowman.  “We have made an enormous leap forward with”

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