Websites & Intranet Guidelines
Standards in web communications for Skagit Valley College are put in place in order to convey a unified image. Since all materials on the web can be viewed on and off campus, all web pages must contain the Core Graphic Elements, be accessibility compliant, and carry unified information about classes, programs, admissions/registration procedures and other student services data. Our website Content Management System (CMS) helps to ensure that those specifications are met. The CMS automatically applies a standard top header and footer to all pages, which includes the SVC logo, the AA/EOE and Accommodations Statements, Privacy Statement, Disclaimer, and all necessary contact information for the college. Unless special arrangements are made through the Public Information Office, all public viewable websites, and college Intranet sites associated with college programs, departments, campuses and centers must utilize the college's Content Management System. Besides helping to convey the College's unified look and feel, the CMS was designed to be user friendly and quick to edit.
Setting Up a Unit Web Site Using the Content Management System
All college campuses and centers, departments, programs, faculty and student services organizations can request that a website be set up for public, or Intranet display. Each area will designate an individual or group of individuals that will be responsible for entering content into the web system. Each head of department will ultimately be responsible for the content displayed in their area.
Departments may request that a website be set up in the CMS by using the Public Information Project Request Form. Each request should include the number of pages that the unit would like in their website, the type of page template that each page should be, what to title the pages, and who will be responsible for editing the content. Once a site is created, the webmaster will supply each unit with a login and password unique to their area. This login and password must be used each time a unit wishes to update the content in their web site. Keep in mind that the CMS was designed to carry our unified look and feel across the entire system. Let the CMS take care of the look and feel, while you concentrate on the content. After all the content is ultimately the most important element on any website. Information that is displayed on your pages should be neat, tidy and to the point. Do not overload your website with too many pages. Most information can be displayed more effectively and professionally in one area. Do not make your end users (students) jump all over the place to find the information that they need. Pages should not be so long that users have to scroll more than a page length to view information. Large lists, documents, handbooks and other multiple page documents should be saved as a PDF, posted, and linked to your pages for users to access if they need to.