Launch of Phase 1: 8 December 2014
After careful consideration by the Project Board the planned launch date of Imperial’s redesigned website was revised to 8 December 2014. This followed advice from our CMS provider TERMINALFOUR who, having assessed our designs and requirements, informed us that the implementation of them is such that it was no longer feasible for us to deliver a summer 2014 launch.
While we had been aiming to ensure launch timing for Phase 1 was summer 2014 there were many estimates inherent in this schedule, as we could not know the full complexity of our final designs, how they would need to adapt for responsive display, or precisely how they would be built into the new CMS.
One of the more complex elements is the number of flexible design features that we’d like all editors to have access to, without needing to know HTML, including image carousels, slideshows, accordion menus, social media feeds and a local footer for your pages.
Given there are still unknowns that need to be fleshed out, the December date was selected as being realistic and achievable.
The following timetable was revised around 8 December launch date:
|Project initiation document signed off||September 2012|
|Design agency selected and contract issued||December 2012|
|Agency on site: meetings and workshops, audience research, design research||11-15 February 2013|
|A change of web technology? - decision reached||July 2013|
|Information architecture and sitemap work||July-September 2013|
|Wireframes and styleboards approved||October-December 2013|
|Design templates approved||March 2014|
|Style guides and content guides ready||Summer 2014|
|Content preparation by editors||April-August 2014|
|Final HTML/CSS delivered||June 2014|
|Implementation of designs within CMS||June-August 2014|
|Training of users, content entering in CMS||September-December 2014|
|Launch of phase 1 content*||8 December 2014|
|Rollout of remaining content||2015|
|Post launch review and project evaluation||December 2014 - spring 2015|
|Implementation outside of the CMS||December 2014 onwards|
|*The site launch date was reviewed and considered carefully to ensure the site launched at an appropriate time in the College calendar|