Project Description

Visit University of Ontario Student Union WordPress Website by Ryan Williams on behalf of NexToronto


The University of Ontario reached out to NexToronto Consulting, to develop a new website. Having created many websites for NexToronto they were aware of my extensive experience in executing government projects and approached me to complete this project. I met with the client and developed a strategy, gathered the required content and developed a site to perfect execution.

Benefits of WordPress Website for a University or College

The main purpose of the website was to provide a platform for communication for the students of the University of Ontario.

Platform for Communication between the Student and University

The main idea behind the website is to students to their desired area of the website through design, a multi-level navigation, search, events and content organization. To do that you must first define who those students are and what their needs are. We accomplished this by carefully placing relevant content in the right areas of the site. At the end of the day, communication is what is important and simplifying that process.

WordPress Web Development for Schools and University

The technical details of the project consisted of:

Photo editing for University or College

Headers and background images were created using the primary color scheme of blues and white in Photoshop and Illustrator.

Editing Copy to follow HTML5 Document Outline Standards for Schools and University

Long paragraphs were chopped down to bite-size chunks for visitors to quickly understand. The body copy was also organized using HTML5 outline principals so search engines can easily understand what the website is about.

Color scheme for Schools and University

Color scheme was chosen based on a sampling of the colours in UOITSU logo. This is the base of UOITSU branding and used in all communications.

Events Listing Setup for Schools and University

An event calendar software was installed, designed to their color scheme, configured and embedded into the website.

Google Maps Embedding for Schools and University

Google map was installed and configured for the University’s multiple locations and then embedded onto the website.

Page Speed and Caching for Schools and University

All websites regardless of features and complexity require some level of optimization to give the fastest and best experience possible. This includes configuring WordPress, themes, plugins and website hosting for the best possible results.

Blogging for Schools and University

A blog section was custom designed to promote ideas, news and events. This keeps their students updated on all school events both optional and mandatory.