Roslyn Public Schools is excited to launch a new SharePoint 2010 website for parents, students and staff to share information about the district and its five schools. Further, the website serves as a first impression for prospective parents: therefore, a crisp, attractive appearance is critical. Previously, the look and feel of the site was not considered sufficient, so Roslyn engaged B2B Technologies to quickly improve their site to look like a professionally-designed brochure.
As with every site re-design, the engagement team began with a discovery session in which B2B and Roslyn discussed the design and communication goals for the site. The new site was created to be a go-to resource for students, families and parents; primarily giving each audience their own portal to access information about school events, class forms, etc. B2B presented a collection of graphical design concepts to Roslyn to determine their likes and dislikes. Based on the knowledge gathered in the discovery session, B2B produced a digital sketch of the design framework that addressed Roslyn's goals and earned positive feedback from their stakeholders.
Includes special portals designed for each audience: students, parents, staff and the community. This allows each group to get news that is tailored just for them; whether students are looking for grades or parents are looking for forms, everything is in one easy to access site.
The next step of the engagement was to create three graphical design comps representing three key pages in the SharePoint site. Roslyn selected the district landing page, a school landing page and the parent portal landing page as candidates for the comps. B2B also advised Roslyn on how to restructure their taxonomy so that the site would be organized consistently with the navigation presented in the design comps.
The final step of the engagement was to implement the design comps into SharePoint. B2B built two custom master pages and four custom layout pages to implement the design. Two master pages were needed to ensure that Roslyn's custom application pages would inherit the new look and feel. The variety of layout pages gave Roslyn's Webmaster the flexibility to create content with multiple arrangement options.
Roslyn's stakeholders were impressed with both the quality of the redesign of their site as well as the speed in which B2B could implement it. The result is a professionally designed SharePoint website that conveys the right image to all visitors.
* All work for Roslyn Public Schools was done as a contractor through Core BTS.