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    www.iastate.edu

    I got to thinking today about Iowa State's website (non-athletics). After looking around at some other university's sites, why don't we have a more attractive and welcoming site? I would think we would have a much better site especially because we are a school of science and technology.

    One would think that with the beautiful campus that we have, our website should have large landscape shots all over it. You know...show off our strengths. I guess iastate.edu could be better if it had more of the feel like the prospective student page. Anyone agree?

    The same could also be said for our athletics page, but in that sense it need a little toning down...


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    Re: www.iastate.edu

    One of my professors last semester talked about how we have one of the worst university websites he's seen.



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    Re: www.iastate.edu

    Because we're a University of Science and Technology...we don't know how to make websites.


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    Re: www.iastate.edu

    Its a very horrible site to go to. I try to avoid it as much as possible. I don't even type in iastate.edu to go to webmail or webct. I type in teh link directly becuase I had going through or seeing the homepage of iowa state



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    Re: www.iastate.edu

    Quote Originally Posted by clonefromNE View Post
    The same could also be said for our athletics page, but in that sense it need a little toning down...
    The athletics site needs some help. It looks like a Jackson Pollack painting.



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    Re: www.iastate.edu

    It is probably not the prettiest, but I find ISU's website to be very functionable and easy to navigate compared to uiowa.edu. Also, if you want to see a website that is both ugly, and hard to use look at Nebraskas... Every letter on the homepage is a different font size.



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    Re: www.iastate.edu

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUboi12 View Post
    It is probably not the prettiest, but I find ISU's website to be very functionable and easy to navigate compared to uiowa.edu. Also, if you want to see a website that is both ugly, and hard to use look at Nebraskas... Every letter on the homepage is a different font size.
    exactly. what more do you want? the webpage is a directory of information for the university, it is functional and very easy to find what you're looking for.

    if you ask anyone who has a brian, a clean functional website is MUCH better than some fancy flash production.



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    Re: www.iastate.edu

    I agree that it is very functional and a good directory of information, however, it also serves as a face of the university...and I think that ISU could be represented in a much better way to the public and prospective students. I am just a little surprised it's not presented better.


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    Re: www.iastate.edu

    I get what you are saying, but in all seriousness it probably is more professional the way it is now.

    I think about two years ago they changed it to its current state. At the time I remember thinking that this website was almost too glitzy :)

    Technology doesn't always mean a pretty display. Look at MIT. Looks like university of phoenix. Go to Main Page - www.digipen.edu and try to convince me that its a better website than ISU.



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    Re: www.iastate.edu

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUboi12 View Post
    Go to Main Page - www.digipen.edu and try to convince me that its a better website than ISU.
    Oh god, there's nothing like using the old <MARQUEE> tag.



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    Re: www.iastate.edu

    Quote Originally Posted by Dormeezy View Post
    exactly. what more do you want? the webpage is a directory of information for the university, it is functional and very easy to find what you're looking for.

    if you ask anyone who has a brian, a clean functional website is MUCH better than some fancy flash production.
    Anyone who has a what? I think I am one of those.


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    Re: www.iastate.edu

    It's not flashy but it works very, well has no annoying flash or java and everything is CLEAN and simple. If I wanted maps and couldn't find a link you click on M and then scroll to maps. I went to iowa a couple of weeks ago and it took some digging to find a map of their campus on their site.

    I'd rather have the iastate.edu be the face of Iowa State than cyclones.com



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    Re: www.iastate.edu

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Anyone who has a what? I think I am one of those.
    hahahahahaha! Beat me to it, except I was going to have him ask your lovely wife, who evidently really has a "brian".


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    Re: www.iastate.edu

    Being a student and using the website everyday I am going to say that many other websites are easier to use. You can not use the search function on ISU's website, just don't do it the only thing that will happen is that you will get mad. The only reason I go there is because I have to get to my mail and WebCT. But seeing that someone just bookmarked the websites I will probably do that now just so I don't have to look at it. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to fix the website somewhere along my computer engineering line.



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    Re: www.iastate.edu

    Quote Originally Posted by balken View Post
    The athletics site needs some help. It looks like a Jackson Pollack painting.
    The athletic site has come a long way actually, it use to be embarrassing to go to. I find it very manageable.


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