Web Standards & Guidelines

Public Relations

Fundamental Structure Standards

Once a set of web pages has been published, maintainers should avoid reorganizing the material in ways that change the file names of any part of the material. There is no way to judge how widely existing URL's have been book-marked or linked to from other locations. Arbitrary name changes will cause content to disappear. If a name change is unavoidable, always cover any prior file names with working pages directing the viewer to the new location.

Updates to already existing pages must be done "in place". This means, once a new version is tested and ready to go live, the author makes it active simply by FTP to the live server and giving it exactly the same URL as the page it is replacing. This eliminates any need for in-house menu and directory editing, and also ensures that outside clients who may have bookmarked or search-indexed this page will always get the most recent version.

Name files properly. Use only non-special characters and no spaces in web site filenames.

Test links before launch. Make sure all links work before marketing your site/page.

Required Footer

The standard footer information is as follows:

Morrisville State College | P.O. Box 901 | Morrisville, NY 13408

Any site using the Morrisville domain that expresses individual ideas must include in the footer that the information may not express the same views of the college. This should be applied to any site for clubs, organizations, or media channels.

Contact Information

Display the name of the Content Manager with e-mail on the index page (home page) of each site.

It is recommended the contact information be located on the bottom of the index page. An index page is a page that is designated as the default page for your directory. Therefore, when users type the URL for that directory, the index page will always be displayed.

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