Redesigns / Websites

Redesigns 2013: UAB Kaleidoscope

The Kaleidoscope at University of Alabama-Birmingham has refreshed their design, along with some behind-the-scenes changes as well.

Bill Neville, student media production manager, writes in an e-mail: has been redesigned. We have adopted the mantra “Web First, Print Best.” All staffers are now being brought into our system as bloggers (I prefer “contributors”) under Content Team leaders for various topics. This is a big experiment for us but we seem to be getting “buy in” from the students.

We selected a responsive Word Press theme that supports retina display from Theme Forest. Students customized it a bit.

We added a full function calendar “pro” plug-in from, called “All In One Event Calendar.” We’re very happy with this calendar feature.

Under the hood, we customized and installed the Edit-Flow plug-in for operations and management in Word Press to improve collaboration. We’re  in the middle of training with this system and are working out how work should flow together. Edit Flow represents a better approach to managing Word Press. The scheduling calendar alone is worth the price of admission. (I have read where this might become a core functionality of Word Press upgrades in the future).

Combined with our move to a new, temporary quarters for the next two years, this has been a busy summer.

Because of our move, which placed us outside UAB’s IT network, we migrated all of our web sites to a third party host. This move, BTW, actually improves our service. We also had to set up our own network from scratch for computers and VoIP telephones. Contractors ran the data lines, we cobled it together in our IT room. Great experience for my students (and me).

We are in the process of updating our online classified system and hope to deploy it by the beginning of next month.

The previous version, from a redesign in 2011:

kaleidoscopenewAnd the new version:

kaleidoscope 2013


If your college media outlet has redesigned the website this year, send me an e-mail to scmurley -at- with any details you’d like to share. If possible, include before and after screen shots. Posts will appear in the order received, usually one a day.