UNC Web Communications

What’s Up Right Now

  • The University has purchased a new Content Management System (CMS) from Omni Update.
  • There is a new UNC web design for all sites.
  • Ruffalo Noel Levitz has been contracted to write content for each undergraduate and graduate major and they will contacting departments for input.
  • Web Communications has hired a temporary CMS assistant to join out team in supporting web authors during the conversion.
  • Conversion of sites will be in phases and the first phase, including training, will begin in March. Please note: this is a date change.

View the web conversion schedule

Preparing for the Content Management System session will assist web authors and content providers (people who are in charge of writing content for the site) in reviewing and restructuring content for the site. The session will cover:

  • Brief update on the Content Management System
  • Example of new design and navigation
  • Tips on restructuring navigation and example sites
  • Best practices for web writing
  • Brief information about writing for web accessibility and search engine optimization

This is an expansion on the previous CMS introduction workshop and is not the Content Management System training.

View the PowerPoint for this session

February session will be scheduled soon.

Design and Content Improvements


A new web design has been created and all sites will move into the new design via the CMS tool. The design will be a consistent, UNC brand with a modern design that responsively resizes on all devices. An example is the new Provost Office site.


The new templates will have a top level navigation and the main content links will be about six in number, depending on the length of the link words. Each top level link can have drop down links underneath, that list should have nine or less links for usability. Sub pages can have a third level of navigation in the right side column if needed.

What does the CMS mean for the web authors?

  • You’ll have training from CETL and Web Communications.
  • Web sites will need to be migrated manually - new pages and cut and paste of content.
  • Content contributors may need to be involved to help reorganize and refine pages.
  • Academic areas should review all advising/current student information , especially admissions requirements, to make sure information is accurate and clear.

What can campus areas do right now?

The most helpful action is to review your current web content.

  • Is it accurate?
  • Is it the right amount of information?
  • Is it well organized?
  • Is it necessary?
  • Remove outdated files from your local folder and the WWW server.