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Where is Webmail?

by Christian Knoebel

The top question we've received in feedback is like this one:

I used to be able to find the webmail link at the top of the University main page, now I can't find it.

In the old site webmail was two clicks away. In the new site webmail is two clicks away. We didn't make webmail harder to get to, we made the landing page around it much better.

Here's how to find it: On the top of every page, point your mouse at "Links for ..." and click on either "Students" or "Faculty & Staff." A link to webmail is under the headline.

An Appetizer of Cake and Broccoli

by Christian Knoebel

We all want to eat cake, but we need our broccoli. (For the record, I like broccoli).

We received comments saying the redesigned site lost its encyclopedic feel. Here's one concern:

"[The redesign is a] dumbing down of previous site ... [and] contains much less info, few (if any) details, [and] oversized pictures."

Before I get to what this has to do with cake and broccoli, let's look at what we did and didn't do.

On Pictures, Webmail, Scrolling and Why the Redesign Looks the Way it Does

by Christian Knoebel

The first reaction visitors have to the new princeton.edu is how different it looks. Pages on the new site are filled with lots of big, bold images and the pages themselves are deep and airy. The old site is very much the opposite of that: content is a densely packed mix of text and links. Here's a comment we received that sums up changes to the home page:

"The new version provides far fewer links and displays merely one news story picture that takes up almost the whole screen! One has to scroll way down to reach everything else."

What Happened to A-Z?

by Christian Knoebel

We’ve received a lot of great feedback on the public beta from the Princeton community. (It’s all been helpful, so keep it coming.)

One comment we’re hearing has to do with A-Z. Here’s a comment that exemplifies what we’re hearing:

“Where is the A-Z index? Have I missed it? It is so easy to use that instead of scrolling through all the possible things to click on to find what one is looking for.”

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