Redesigning Academic Website for Better Visibility and Footprint: A Case of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun Website
- Arnold Ojugo
- D. O. Otakore
Usability is the focal point on which webometric is studied as it seeks to ascertain the experience and convenience level of users who interact with a web-based systems. It scores vital aspects of the website based on certain criteria. Thus, the website’s design, architecture and deployment must be poised to change, reshape and refocus a user’s image while satisfying the user’s search quest about the institution. Our study is an investigation of website usability based on some criteria that describes usability of academic websites with a focus on the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun, Nigeria. Result shows the strengths and weaknesses (problems cum prospects) of the websites in relation to redesigning and improving the university website. Its major strength is in its content and architecture; While, the site struggled to ensure effective search, navigation, design and others. Findings suggest that the FUPRE websites is lacking in various usability areas.