Website project guide

Whether you’re looking at updating your current website or launching a new one, we have guidance regarding capacity planning, process, Content Management Systems and templates.

SFU uses Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) as its in-house CMS. This platform is fully supported by IT Services and we are continually making improvements to expand its offering. AEM currently utilizes two highly-customizable templates to address the varied needs at the university.

Horizontal template

The latest horizontal navigation template was developed with user experience, content strategy and internal needs at the forefront.

Goals

  • Focus on content strategy
  • Content informing design
  • User-centred content and layouts

Timeline

  • 4-12 months (depends on the size of your website and available resources)

Cost

  • With internal resources: work done by you and your team, and the support provided by IT Services and Communications & Marketing don't have any associated monetary cost

  • With an external vendor: strategy and content creation services provided by an external vendor typically range from $5,000 to $25,000 per service and depend on the size and complexity of the site

Support

 

Communications & Marketing team:

  • Guidance and recommendations on content strategy and site content
  • Setting up a site map test

IT Services team:

  • Production site set-up
  • Technical troubleshooting
  • Pre-launch technical review
  • Launch support
  • Post-launch

For more information on template features, process and support please go to the horizontal template page.

Vertical template

An SFU-branded template with a vertical navigation that’s available to an extensive range of groups requiring a new website.

Goals

  • Out-of-the-box SFU-branded styling
  • Quick turnaround
  • Self-serve and self-guided approach

Timeline

  • As little as 2 weeks (depends on the size of your website and available resources)

Cost

  • With internal resources: no associated monetary cost
  • With an external vendor: content creation services provided by an external vendor typically range from $5,000 to $25,000 and depend on the size and complexity of the site

Support

IT Services team:

  • Production site set up
  • Technical troubleshooting
  • Launch support

For more information on template layouts, process and support please go to the vertical template page.

If you feel that the current AEM templates don’t meet your needs, please contact Communications & Marketing team at sfucm@sfu.ca to determine if looking at external solutions is the best option for your website.  

Using 3rd party platforms isn’t advisable due to a few major factors:

  • Communications & Marketing and IT Services won’t be able to troubleshoot any issues associated with an external platform.
  • Branding updates which are made automatically to AEM-hosted sites will have to be manually implemented in an external CMS by you.
  • There could be costs associated with using 3rd party platforms which could include paying for functionality or regular updates to the site.