Homepage draws mixed reviews

Homepage draws mixed reviews

Cody Kimball

Webmaster

“Simplistic, I like it,” said Aaron Fredendall, 18, upon seeing the recently updated SC4 homepage on Monday morning. Like many students, Fredendall’s feelings were mixed on the changes. “I like to get to my email from the front page,” he added. His concerns are not unique.

At 9 a.m. Monday morning, the St. Clair County Community College website underwent a change, and students are taking notice. The page features an updated news feed, an altered color scheme, an advertising banner, and a new arrangement of the various buttons.

“I like the new design. It’s easier to use,”said Grant Fiedler, 18, of Marlette. Photo by Twana Pinskey

The homepage also features various social network links that will take a visitor to the college’s network accounts on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, and Youtube respectively. The buttons are located beneath the news feed.

The “Global Issues discussion blog” (the former PTK blog) also has a button next to the social network buttons.

The changes are getting mixed reviews.

“You should be able to get to the WAVE from the main page. You should be able to get to your email,” commented Alex Allen, 19. “I think it looks nice though.” The absence of WAVE, student email, and online classroom links on the homepage is a common student concern.

“I just want to be able to click on it right away,” said Ceci Harvey, 18. “I think they tried to make it look too modern.”

The new process of accessing the WAVE, email, and online classroom links through the “Current Students” tab is unfamiliar to many and may be a source of confusion.

“It’s prettier,” said Amanda Rose, 19. “I think it will confuse some of the older students.”

Many students are conflicted about the aesthetics of the site and it’s “user friendliness”.

“I miss the WAVE button.” commented Zachary Penzien, 20, upon seeing the new homepage. “I like the announcement box, but I still think it needs some texture. It just doesn’t look like a college website.”

Still others think the updates are an improvement and enjoy it visually.

Tim Jobbitt 19, summed it up in three simple words: “It looks smooth.”

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