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Creating, Storing, and Linking Pages to the UMD Web Site

Four types of pages may be linked to the UMD web pages: official UMD web pages; professional pages of faculty and staff; personal web sites of students, faculty, and staff; and other relevant sites, including the University of Minnesota system. Information Technology Systems and Services provides campus web services.

Creating Web Pages

Guidelines

Official pages are those pages that represent UMD as official information or policy about the campus, such as the UMD home page, departmental pages, calendar, news, etc. Developers of official pages are responsible for ensuring that their pages comply with this policy before making the request to link. Developers should make sure that the appropriate unit head has reviewed and approved pages before making the request to link. Official pages should be reviewed annually.

Professional pages contain information about a faculty or staff member's professional activities, credentials, research activities, or course materials. Personal pages belong to individuals and serve to provide information about an individual that is relevant to the role of the individual in the University. Developers of professional and personal pages are responsible for ensuring that their pages comply with this policy before making the request to link. Pages for individuals who are no longer affiliated with the University will be removed. Personal home pages should be constructed so that they are not wasteful of University resources. See Policy on the Appropriate Use of Information Technology for further information.

Development Assistance

Assistance in developing web pages is available from Information Technology Systems and Services. Please consider using any of the following resources:

Templates

Several templates are suggested for use in official web pages and professional pages. These include the University of Minnesota Duluth wordmark and logo, the University of Minnesota equal opportunity statement, copyright statement, and privacy statement. Units choosing not to use these templates should include these elements in their designs.

Accessibility

All university web pages should be made accessible to the widest possible audience and be compliant with federal laws and university policies. For more information, see

Storing Web Pages

Official Web Pages

Official web pages should be stored on the campus web server. There are several reasons for this:

To request a directory on the www server in which to store official web pages, please fill out and submit this web form.

In some cases, individuals, departments, or organizations may choose to keep their web pages on a departmental machine rather than on the campus web server. If you choose this option, please be aware that access to your pages will be dependent upon your server. Information Technology Systems and Services strongly discourages the use of departmental machines to store official web pages or pages that require significant network bandwidth to access. These pages belong on the ITSS web server.

Professional or Personal Web Pages

Individuals who create professional or personal web pages should store them in their www directory on ITSS servers. Professional or personal web pages for individuals will have their www directory linked directly to their personal directory on the ITSS web server, giving a natural location to store pages. The URLs of professional and personal web pages will always include the string http://www.d.umn.edu/~username, where username is the individual's regular user name. Individuals and student clubs may also want to consider using Google Sites, part of the suite of Google services available to all faculty, staff, and students.

Linking Web Pages

Official Web Pages

The University of Minnesota Duluth home page is organized into information categories that serve as links to other UMD web sites. Some web pages may be linked to more than one category.

Only select items are posted on the UMD home page. The addition and placement of home page links is determined by the Campus Web Committee. Home page links rarely change. They are chosen because they have high importance to a majority of the UMD home page audience. Quick links, in particular, are based on importance and heavy usage.

If you have information you think should be linked from the UMD web site, consider a category below.

What's Inside One Stop For Happenings
About UMD Prospective Students Emergencies & Closings
Academics Current Students Events & Calendars
Arts & Entertainment Faculty & Staff News
Athletics, Sports, & Recreation Parents & Family Campus Initiatives
Campus Life Alumni  
Campus Services Community  
Research    

Developers with official web pages should review the UMD web site to determine the appropriate page or pages that should link to your pages. Not all official pages will be linked to the top-level pages of the UMD web site. Many new pages should be linked to other official pages lower down in the web. In this case, the developer should contact the page owner(s) of the page(s) to request a link.

Developers who believe their new pages should be linked to the top two levels of the UMD web site should fill out and submit this web form to request links. These requests will be reviewed by the Campus Web Committee, which will make the decision.

Feature Items

The Campus Web Committee welcomes ideas for feature items to be highlighted on the UMD home page. Feature items should focus on teaching and outreach, research and technology, interesting programs, and hidden gems. Feature items are not announcements. Feature items are not necessarily events, although important events may be included. Typically stories are posted for 14 days.

Before you ask to have your event featured on the UMD Home Page, send your announcement to Currents, post the event on the UMD Events Calendar, and if possible, make a web page for the event.

Suggestions about events need to be made two weeks or longer in advance of the date. Suggestions may be sent to Cheryl Reitan at UMD External Affairs.

Professional and Personal Pages

Individuals with personal or professional pages are encouraged to link their pages to their entry in the People Directory to make them easier for others to find. Authenticate and then select "World Wide Web URL" to make the entry.


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