October 1, 2009

We’re live! This morning Duke University began hitting the “on” switches to launch the new version of its home page. Developed over the past nine months and previewed on this blog, the new version provides a fresh look for Duke’s online home. You may need to refresh your pages or empty the cache on your browser to see the new site.

A press release provides more information about the project and the launch.

The web team thanks everyone at Duke — faculty, students, staff and others — who provided feedback as we were developing the site. Your comments were invaluable, and we continue to welcome them now that the site is live.

We hope you enjoy it.

– Duke’s Web Team

16 Responses to “October 1, 2009”

  1. Jason Howard says:

    Maybe I am just blind, but what is the fastest way to the Duke Phonebook from the homepage, and is it clear on how to get there for someone not familiar with Duke?

  2. Ben Riseling says:

    Jason. Great question.

    The search bar in the top banner on every page will give you both web and phonebook results. This same functionality that has been in place since 2006 was kept for this latest design.

  3. Greg Whitaker says:

    The site looks fantastic! Congratulations to all involved…and thanks a bunch for doing such a great job with our beloved flagship site.

  4. Carla Antonaccio says:

    Can we please have some images, that are not just undergraduates looking like they are at summer camp?

    a much better design than the old one. but I personally find the white background very hard on the eyes.

    thank you for your hard work,

  5. Jason Howard says:


    While the main page does provide basic information, there can be confusion if there is more than one student with the same name, something I have experienced more than once as an HR Manager.

    There is additional information that pops up here: http://www.oit.duke.edu/email-accounts/phonebook/qiform.php that makes it easier to determine which person you want.

    For example, the main search just designates someone as “student” not grad or undergrad, nor what school/program they are with. In the past we had Laura Fuhrma, class of 2007 undergrad who was definitely not our Laura Fuhrman, PhD class of 2009. Another current example is the James Lee undergrad (actually there are three) and the James Lee Grad student in Law School.

    Maybe the main search box could pull up the same info as the phonebook?

  6. Ben Riseling says:

    The main search tool does access the same source as the phonebook it is just limited to how much it can report at one time. This is excellent feedback and now that the full site is live we will look into whether this can be improved.

  7. university says:

    Hello, i recently came up to this great site. Congratulations!
    Very well structured with lots of valuable content on the subdomains.
    Little hint, admissions.duke.edu would look better on a wide screen ex 22 inch if centered.

  8. Ben Riseling says:

    Admissions.duke.edu is a completely different site but should it be slated for redesign I will make sure the team involved hears your comments.

  9. Trip says:

    Great job you guys! No trouble finding my resources and I love all the news and event information right there on the main page.

  10. Scott says:

    Hi Ben,

    First of all, congratulations on a beautifully designed website and the completion of a sizable redevelopment project. Barnard College is in the midst of redesigning and redeveloping our website as well. We are also looking very closely at Drupal for a CMS. I would be very interested to talk to you (briefly) about your project, and specifically about how you used this blog throughout the process. Please send me an email if you have a moment to discuss.

    Again, congrats on such a great accomplishment!

  11. Selde Reed says:

    I’m having the hardest time finding the gym hours (recreation facility hours). I used to be able to get to it from the Duke home page. Athletics now points to goduke.com, which is not helpful for what I need to know.

    What do you suggest?

  12. Ben Riseling says:


    I found a link on GoDuke.com called “Wellness and Recreation” that appears to have what you’re looking for: http://www.duke.edu/web/intramural/?DB_OEM_ID=4200

  13. I don’t know, but I used to like old design. It seemed easier to navigate. But I hope users will benefit from the new one.

  14. After hearing about the launch (the site was amazing) and hearing Ben Riseling’s webinar I am interested in learning some additional details about the project, especially costs. We are looking at implementing a CMS and are exploring everything from open source to enterprise.I would be very grateful if Ben or someone on the team could contact me via email. Thanks in advance!

  15. Ben Riseling says:

    the main search box at the top of every page of the site says “search for people, places and things”. Enter the person you’re looking for and you’ll get combined web and phonebook results.

  16. Ron Michaelson says:

    Thanks for the nice post, I enjoyed reading it. Keep it up.