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All About: Our New Website

We've redesigned it from the ground up to be a useful experience for our attendees, sponsors and everyone.

A screenshot of UNC CAUSE 2024's home page.
A screenshot of UNC CAUSE 2024's home page.

Greetings, everyone!

My name is Arianna Story, and I’m part of the Communications Team for UNC CAUSE thie year. I work as as a software engineer at NC State University, in their Office of Information Technology. My team manages the campus WordPress infrastructure, and it’s that work that’s brought me into the conference team.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with the amazing folks who are making this conference happen to build up a new website as a resource for everyone. We wanted to make it useful for everyone and look good at the same time. And since UNC CAUSE is all about professional development, I thought it might be useful to write a bit about how it all came together.

How it all came together

Our website is hosted at NC State, through their Web Publishing platform. Our University Communications group recently launched an “unbranded” version of the campus theme, so it only makes sense that we would combine those two to build this site. I should also take this opportunity to thank them for giving the conference access to the theme’s professional marketing features gratis. They’re amazing folks that I’m happy to work with!

Once we figured out the platform and theme that we wanted to use, the next step was to take a look at all of the content we wanted on the site, and organize it into an appropriate hierarchy and structure. We decided to organize everything by audience: that is, attendees, speakers, and sponsors. We thought that’d be the best way for people to easily find the information that’s relevant for them.

After that, it was a pretty simple matter of building the pages (through lots of revisions and great feedback from the conference team!). I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the professionalism, camaraderie, and eagerness to put on a great production that these folks have. As someone who’s built a lot of websites, it’s always a great feeling to work with people who care so much.

We want to hear from you!

Of course, no website is complete without hearing feedback from the people who use it. We’d love to hear what you think, and how we can improve it. We’ve set up a dedicated web feedback form that you can access below – your feedback will get sent directly to me and the communications team:

What else do you want to read All About?

With this new website, we’re hoping to share a bit more insight into the process of building a conference like ours. We’d love to hear more about what you’re interested in so that we can bring it to you! Either way, we hope to see you in Winston-Salem later this year!