New HSPH website to launch on Wednesday evening

Dear HSPH Community,

We are writing to alert you that on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at approximately 5 p.m. the new design for the HSPH website will “go live.”  This design changeover — and the move to a new enterprise-wide content management system (WordPress) — has been extremely complex and has involved dozens of people across the School in virtually every department and group.

When the website “goes live” in its new design and format, the process will actually take perhaps as long as 8 hours to be universally visible across HSPH, on computers at home, on mobile devices, and on computers around the world.  This is the nature of internet caching.  Do not be surprised if the site does not “go live” simultaneously for all users.  Some people may report still seeing the old site while you see the new one.   The launch will not impact other services such as email, MyHSPH, or iSites.  For your convenience, direct links to key services may be found below.

Also, please note that sections of the HSPH website that are not managed using the HSPH content management system are not part of this migration and will not look like the new website design.  Plans are underway to help those groups using other website systems to adopt the new website design in the months ahead.

After the site has been launched, we encourage those of you who have been responsible for migrating content to go through your site and check for any problems as soon as possible.

This is a big project — migrating nearly 12,000 pages from one system, design, and set of servers to a new system, design, and set of servers. Inevitably glitches will occur at launch and after launch.  If you find something that looks like a problem, please alert us by sending an email to webteam@hsph.harvard.edu so that issues can be quickly rectified.

We are excited to unveil the new website and really appreciate everyone’s hard work on this project.

If you have any questions before the site launches, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the IT web team at webteam@hsph.harvard.edu.

Julie Rafferty, Associate Vice Dean for Communications
Deane Eastwood, IT Director

Direct links for services: