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Case Study

A Responsive Website for a Stellar School

Saint Ignatius College Prep, an esteemed preparatory school with a stately campus and distinguished alumni, needed an easy-to-maintain, welcoming, and informative website that reflected the school’s well-earned reputation for excellence. Visitors now enjoy a responsive, informative, and inviting website that provides an excellent user experience across all devices. Technology, athletics, and PR staff can update images and content regularly, freely, and easily, and the plug-ins and templates behind the site make it simple to add new features and pages.

The Situation

Saint Ignatius College Prep, Chicago’s first Jesuit school, is one of the city’s most respected schools, with a reputation for excellence that dates to the 1800s. Drawing Chicago’s top students and some of its most prominent families, the private school is committed to preparing teens for lives of faith, love, service, and leadership. The school needed a website update and called upon Netrix to help them elevate their online presence. “We are a school, unlike any other. We needed a website equally distinctive.”

The Challenges

Collaboration and transparency were key to the website update project. Through discovery sessions with IT staff and school leadership, Netrix’s team uncovered the technology platforms and staff capabilities that would determine the best solution for the project. And an unintended output of the discovery discussions would end up revealing the actual personality of the school itself, including its goals, values, and beliefs, that would be carried through each page of the website.

The Solution

The new website represents the integration of form and function, information and imagery, as well as simplicity and adaptability. Compelling photography conveys the character of the campus. An extensive and interactive calendar gives the school community an invaluable tool, and custom templates and plug-ins make it easier for users to populate the site with important, ever-changing content and information, such as contact information, academic department descriptions, sports scores, and student activity highlights.

Development and launch of the new website were made with zero disruptions or downtime. Regular review sessions throughout the project demonstrated website functionality and the user experience while giving school representatives ample opportunity for feedback and input. Daily and weekly meetings allowed the team to accommodate evolving client requests for feature changes and additional functionality. “We always knew where things stood, and we always had a voice. You can’t ask for much more than that.”

The new Saint Ignatius website boasts a modern, yet distinguished look that reflects the institution’s values, advanced educational opportunities, and vibrant school community. Visitors enjoy a responsive, informative, and inviting website that provides an excellent user experience across all browsers and devices. Technology, athletics, and PR staff change images and update content regularly, freely, and easily, and the plug-ins and templates behind the site make it simple to add new features and pages.

“There’s a definite personality to Saint Ignatius. Netrix impressed us all with their desire to understand not only our technology needs but who we are as an institution and community.”

Key Results

Pains

  • The school needed a long overdue site update that properly communicated its ideals and personality.
  • The site lacked the functionality to enable activities and information to be updated and shared as desired.
  • Aged technology platforms resulted in difficulties maintaining the site, especially for mobile access.

Gains

  • The integration of design and functionality successfully delivers imagery, information, and interactivity.
  • Templates, plug-ins, and a simplified interface enable frequent information and content updates.
  • Visitors enjoy a responsive, informative website that provides an excellent online experience across all devices.

Our Approach

Netrix incorporates agile development best practices into our application development operations and prioritizes the evolution of your development teams by introducing market-leading best practices. Whether modernizing the applications you have in place today or developing new custom solutions for your unique business challenges, our team provides the experience and resources necessary to gain new functionality and efficiencies.

Technical Expertise

Our Microsoft-certified engineers develop software applications using the most modern technologies, ensuring that your application is usable and maintainable in the future. Our primary technical expertise includes:

Microsoft Stack

  • .NET development, MVC, MVP, MVVM

Modern Web Application Development

  • HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Angular JS, Knockout, Single Page Applications

Database Architecture

  • SQL, MySQL, noSQL

Azure Migration and Development Services

  • App Service, Web Roles, Worker Roles, Table Storage, Blob Storage, Queues, and Service Bus
  • Cloud-Based Architecture

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