When you are ready to have a new website created for your department, please let us know. We will be happy to meet with you to explain the process and help you get started.
Basically: you gather the content; we make the website; we train you and give you software; and then you maintain the new site.
Please contact us at: email@example.com to arrange a meeting.
What you need to know:
- Information to download
- Steps in the process
- About Contribute training
- Scheduling production of your site
Download the applicable information to prepare your new website.
The General Info Sheet includes basic information for everyone.
The Site Maps for academic and support units outline the content categories* for official unit websites.
The Guidelines suggest a process for organizing website content and images.
The Best Practices document will help you understand general principles about good website design and maintenance.
UIS Words and Phrases includes words and phrases used to recruit prospective students. You may use these in your website content.
Follow the UIS Web Style Guidelines as you maintain your new Contribute website.
* The content categories are based on the Official UIS Web Policy.
Steps in the Process:
Based on the Guidelines and the categories in the Site Map, the content point-person from the unit gathers all content for the site and creates Plain Text files. If you have photographs, please include the original copies; do not edit the photographs.
Web Services determines the site’s navigation and creates the basic site and basic pages.
Menus, content, and photos are added to the site. The Marketing department reviews the copy for the left side of the home page.
Department personnel review the site and suggest changes and additions.
Final changes are made by Web Services personnel.
Department personnel sign-off on the site via email. The site is then uploaded to the primary web server by Web Services.
Department personnel are trained to maintain the site with special software that is installed on their computers.
You can monitor progress of the redevelopment of your website at the following URL (available on-campus or via VPN only):
About Contribute Training
Training sessions are by invitation only. Web Publishers and Writers will be invited to training when their new website is complete or almost ready.
(Hard-won experience has led us to not send a person to training before their new website is ready, no matter what the person’s previous experience. You may have already had some web publishing experience in the past, but you have never worked with our templates, our web publishing system, our login system, and our servers. And in most cases, you may never
have worked with Contribute.)
The training session is named Web Overview and Contribute Training. It lasts for 2 hours. You must attend the entire session to be given website access. The training is conducted by Ralph Shank.
Once you complete training, the ITS department will contact you to arrange a time to install Contribute software on your computer.
The Office of Web Services schedules production after we receive the content from a department or individual.
Each month, we post a Content Deadline for projects that we will work on during the following month.
- Please see our Project Status page to view the current schedule of content deadlines.
(This URL is available on-campus or via VPN only)