Redirected URLs phasing out

January 7, 2014

We launched OU Campus as our content management system, used to edit WCU webpages, April 1, 2013. This replaced RedDot, our content management system of several years. Implementing OU Campus allowed us to switch from a number-based page naming system, #.asp (example http://www.wcu.edu/15.asp), to a word/folder naming system (example http://www.wcu.edu/admissions/index.asp). All of the number-based pages were redirected to their corresponding new named pages.
This added approximately 10,000 pages to our server. We did this to transition between one naming system and another, not as a permanent dual-navigation plan.
We will be removing the 10,000 #.asp pages that are serving as redirects on April 1, 2014.
This removal of pages will help search engines find the current WCU pages, as well as increasing the speed and usability of the OU Campus system for our users. Browsing to locate images and files will be much quicker.
All links to the #.asp pages must be corrected before April 1, 2014, or those links will be broken.
Links to pages within the OU Campus system should be made following directions for “Inserting a Link to Another OU Campus Managed WCU Webpage”, found on page 20 of our manual http://cms.wcu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/WCU_OUCampus_End-User-Reference.pdf.
Please check all of your webpages for links to #.asp pages. You will need to look at each page and each link.
Additionally, all printed and electronic material (brochures, flyers, newsletters, forms, powerpoints, PDFs) with URLs on them need to be updated. Please work with Creative Services to update all files. We will work with you on a case by case basis if this not feasible by the April 1 deadline.
We will be sending this notification on a monthly basis.
In early April, after the #.asp pages have been removed, we will run our usual link check and send out broken link reports to let you know of any links you may have missed.
If you have any questions, concerns, issues with this transition, please contact Web Services via the Help Desk at x7487, ithelp@wcu.edu, or http://help.wcu.edu.