The new site’s development has been shaped by feedback collected from hundreds of IIS staff, students, and other website users in an initial evaluation stage, with the goal of creating a digital presence that serves the needs of all the Institute’s diverse audiences more effectively and intuitively.
Two core improvements are at the heart of the new website. First, visitors will enjoy faster and more intelligent search functionality, meaning that they can find relevant content quicker. They will be able to search and filter listings on news, events, publications and course pages, so they can more easily find the content they want.
Second, the display of content has been upgraded to make it easier to scan and find information more quickly, including new horizontal menus and a related items section on each page.
Other key new features include:
- Redesigned IIS publications pages, which make it easier to scan and discover related titles by author or series;
- Redesigned graduate studies and short course pages, including a new eligibility survey form;
- Redesigned research pages, with a stronger link to related IIS publications and series;
- New and improved IIS researcher profiles;
- Redesigned homepage with clearer connections to different areas of the Institute’s work.
“The launch of the new IIS website is an important step towards enhancing and expanding the Institute’s digital presence and offerings,” said Dr Farhad Daftary, Co-Director and Head of the Department of Academic Research and Publications.
“I am delighted that the redesign better serves the needs of our diverse audiences, from members of the Jamat to academics and students. We hope it will also encourage new users to engage with and explore the IIS’s range of activities promoting better understandings of Muslim cultures and societies.”
The IIS invites readers to explore the new website and its improved user experience. The communications department is still making adjustments and encourages users to continue submitting feedback and suggestions to keep shaping the new site via the feedback survey form that appears upon exit.