Justin, real quick here, features in the flash rotation can be paused by hovering over any part of the feature text. Until the mouse exits that space, the feature will not rotate to the next photo. I hope this is helpful!
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From: Justin Rappaport [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2010 5:01 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: New MSU home page -> new www.msu.edu looks great!
I second Rich's comments that the new MSU website is very attractive and, to
me, seems like a wonderful upgrade from previous instances. I have the same
question about 'AKTL' and 'Spartans Will.'
I'm not sure if metrics are being kept as far as survey's but for anyone who
wants to critique the new website, the survey from the homepage is linked
My only suggestion is adding a pause button on the flash feature rotator so
that people could pause it if they'd like to. Some people make look/read at
different speeds and this would allow them to do so at their own pace if
Also, what is the best way to contact member(s) of the 'University web team'
(ATS/UR) - through the public contact form on the MSU website or is there a
more direct route that they can be contacted for more urgent matters from
University faculty/staff? We urgently need some updates on some of the
academic programs pages.
Programmer Analyst / Webmaster
College of Education
Michigan State University
From: Richard Wiggins [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2010 4:27 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: New MSU home page -> new www.msu.edu looks great!
It's been a couple years since I served on the www.msu.edu team but if
there's one thing the Webteam learned it was that campus Webmasters
tend to seek examples to emulate more than strict written standards.
To my eye, the new www.msu.edu looks great! Going back to 1993 I was
involved one way or another in many of the launches of a new
www.msu.edu, and this one really catches the eye. Very professional
looking, and competes well with other university home pages.
It's nice to see the By Topic and By Area menus taking up FAR less
real estate and both adjacent horizontally.
Photos are compelling. Integration of MSU promo videos right on the
home page reaches out in the YouTube era.
The submenu links and labels are well chosen and the submenus
I was afraid the flashy dynamic content would degrade to nothing on my
iPhone but it looks fine. (Image 1, the great Final Four photo, comes
And what great timing to launch this new www.msu.edu this weekend!
Who knows, it's possible that millions of eyes will see this new site
in the next few days. Hope the Webteam has the stats meter running.
My only complaint so far is the History section is extremely weak.
"Then and Now" is thin, and the University Archives home page is about
University Archives, not MSU history.
As for MSU Webmasters, I bet they'll gravitate to the new www.msu.edu
as an example, barring further guidance or a clarification of the
branding guide vis-a-vis departmental Web sites.
Congratulations to UR and the Webteam, and Go Green -- whatever color green!
PS -- Is the tagline "Advancing Knowledge, Transforming Lives" now
officially dead? Is it now "Spartans Will"?
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