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Product: The live user-facing Website for Macaulay Honors College at Cuny (New York, USA)

Client: Macaulay at the City University of New York

Introduction

Macaulay Honors College at CUNY is a highly selective college where New York’s most promising students receive the financial and academic support to realize their leadership potential. The students here enrol as undergraduates in one of the eight CUNY colleges and take most of their courses at their home campus where they can meet with advisors and other students in the campus’s Honors lounge. The advisor-to-student ratio at Macaulay is among the highest at US Honors College, providing exceptional academic and professional guidance to each student.

Atlogys was hired to build the technology backend for this user-facing website using a CMS (content Management System) at its backbone. Atlogys worked with the UI design team to finalize and freeze the various WordPress templates and its variations. Atlogys developed all pages of the website, integrated the frontend interface using HTML5/CSS3, wrote the backend API services and connected with the database. The site was then launched in production using elastic compute cloud architecture on AWS.

The website is available here: https://macaulay.cuny.edu/

Complexity

This site uses a complex custom WordPresstemplates. Approx. 13 new templates were made with around 30+ variations. First task was to create a taxonomy of all pages in form of templates and variations. Templates like Interstitial-Wide, Interstitial – Collage, Article – Page, Form (general) etc were mapped and created. Then to divide each page into modules and map each module with content type. Each content type was further broken down into tags and links.

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Features

    The following features were involved:

  • Multi Navigational site containing Applications, News & Events, Opportunities Fund, Press Releases, Job Openings etc
  • Photo/photo gallery with HTML caption text
  • Video module/overlay- support YouTube and Vimeo embedding
  • Slideshow / Carousel
  • Pull quote module- different from standard block quote
  • List with optional image (optional image zoom overlay)
  • Third level sub-nav module- right column, auto-highlight
  • Complete DIRECTORY like a People List- filterable by category/A-Z and sortable by A/Z
  • Statistics module (similar to list)
  • Social feed (curated and automatic)
  • Social sharing
  • Pagination
  • Expand collapse toggle or accordion
  • Tab group
  • Mini map
  • Google Maps
  • Simple form
  • Questionnaire
  • Form module – skin-able Gravity Forms integration
  • Calendar WordPress plug-in
  • Step-by-step wizard
  • Search with facets and attributes

Technical Challenges Overcome

  • CMS technology of WORDPRESS
  • Customized WordPress Plugin Development
  • Customized PHP Development using MVC paradigm
  • My SQL
  • Jquery
  • HTML5 /CSS3
  • AWS Cloud

Impact

Approximately 600+ man Hours of work over 4 months inclusive of full regression and integration testing across responsive screens.

  • Successfully rolled out in all CUNY colleges locations of USA namely- Lehman college, Queens college, Brooklyn college, Baruch college, City college, College of Staten Island, Hunter college, John Jay college
  • Globally available live User-Facing site frequently used by current and prospective students and their parents, faculty, college Support staff and general audience.
  • Highly ranked on Google – Students using the website very seamlessly without any interruptions
  • These colleges having the highest rating among various public Honors college