Web Management can assist you in developing your own faculty, departmental, or college website. Once your website has been designed, Web Management can also assist with website hosting (publishing to the web).
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There are two vehicles available for developing a web site:
- Create your own website (for faculty websites and student organizations): Using a tool like Microsoft FrontPage, Microsoft SharePoint Designer, or Adobe Dreamweaver, you can design and create your own static website.
- Use a content management site (for colleges, administrative departments, and other promotional university websites): Using our Content Management System (CMS), you can utilize predefined, University-approved templates to create web pages automatically through a web browser. Knowledge of HTML and web design is helpful but not necessary.
To request a website, contact the IT Help Desk.
Review these top ten suggestions from Web Management before beginning a Mercer website:
- Identify someone who will manage the website. For a site not in CMS, this person needs to be familiar with web design and the use of one of the software packages listed above. For a site in CMS, this person needs to be very familiar with using a web browser and the subject matter content addressed by the website.
- Determine the structure of the website in advance. Determine what information needs to be on each page and determine if any of the pages need to be grouped.
- Write your content in a way that is approachable to a large audience.
- Instead of placing your mission statement on your home page, try to put your most compelling information. This will entice a visitor to go deeper into your site.
- Collect all supporting documents that you want linked from your site: images, Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files, Word documents, etc.
- If a page is “Under Construction,” don’t publish it until it is finished.
- Give your images ALT tag descriptions. This will make your site more accessible.
- Avoid the use of frames.
- Read the Web Publishing Policy.
- Keep your content up to date!
All Web Management design and hosting services are offered to faculty and staff free of charge.