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Types of sites the Messiah College web team is required to build


In an effort to ensure a consistent and quality visitor experience, effectively promote the College’s brand, assist in recruiting students and facilitate favorable search engine optimization, these college offices, departments and/or programs are required (as endorsed by the President’s Cabinet in 2011) to have their web sites built and designed by the College’s web team:

 

  • The home page
  • The Office of Admissions*
  • Admissions projects to promote academic majors and departments*
  • Academic majors and departments
  • The Office of Development*
  • New graduate programs*
  • The Office of the President*
  • Pages/sites directly linked from home page (hub pages)>
  • Pages and sites for key institutional communications, initiatives and projects

 

Any of these departments, programs and offices whose website is not maintained by the Office of Marketing and Public Relations must assign a staff member or student to maintain and do routine updates of their site’s content.  This person also must be trained in the College’s web-authoring tool, Contribute. Contribute classes are available on an ongoing basis; see Employee Training/Web in MC Square for schedules.

 

* These offices, departments, and/or programs may be eligible to receive extended services and priority scheduling as deemed necessary. (There may be a charge for extended services depending on the type of services needed.)

 

 

Other types of site the Messiah College web team builds

  • Sites for other college-related departments, offices and programs

 

Most other college entities may also request that the web team build their sites and are required to follow these guidelines:

  • These departments, programs and offices must assign a staff member or student to maintain and do routine updates of their site’s content.  This person also must be trained in the College’s web-authoring tool, Contribute. Contribute classes are available on an ongoing basis; see Employee Training/Web in MC Square for schedules.
  • The minimum lead time must be met by the client.
    • The minimum lead time is 10 weeks from the time the navigational layout (wire frame) is completed by the client and site content is submitted to the web team.
  • A standard set of services will be provided by the web team. These include:
    • Site building from College template
    • Hosting
    • Basic/non-database e-commerce
    • Group training
    • Basic trouble-shooting
    • Basic college template support
    • One blog account
  • Conference websites
    • Conference web sites are evaluated by the web team on a case-by-case basis based upon the conference’s direct ties to the College and whether or not the minimum lead-time of 10 weeks (from the time the navigational layout /wire frame is completed by the client and site content is submitted) can been met.
    • Limited services will be provided for qualifying conference websites. These services include:
      • Basic conference template
      • Basic e-commerce with no back-end programming
      • Maximum of 20 pages
      • Template support
      • Training in the current web content editing software if necessary

 

 

Types of sites the Messiah College web team does not build

  • Web pages and sites for Messiah College individuals
  • Non- Messiah web pages and sites
  • On-campus conferences with no direct ties to the College
  • Messiah College student clubsThese pages/sites are overseen by the Office of Student Affairs’ Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs
  • Messiah College’s MC Square portal

 

 

Minimum requirements for Messiah College web sites

 

Basic College template consisting of:
  • Standard institutional global navigation
  • Messiah logo in upper left corner of header
  • Minimum set of basic institutional keywords
  • College footer
  • Standard 900-pixel width
  • Preset fonts- including colors, sizes, and styles
  • Standard width left and right navigation bars

Adherence to minimum web standards which includes:

  • Adherence to:  the policies, procedures and standards of the College’s Department of Information and Technology Services (ITS)
  • All relevant local, state and federal laws
  • The College’s community covenant
  • W3C standards (World Wide Web Consortium - the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web, abbreviated WWW or W3)
  • Compliance with accessibility guidelines

Hosting on messiah.edu

  • Unless a compelling rationale has been presented to and a special exception has been granted by the web team and the director of print and web communications, all Messiah College websites must use the messiah.edu domain and be hosted on Messiah College's servers.

 

 

Minimum turn-around time for Messiah College sites

 

For sites the web team is required to build:

  • Simple projects (6 pages or less; no-back-end programming)
    • 5 weeks from the time the navigational layout (wireframe) is completed by the client and site content is submitted
  • Complex projects (7 pages or more and/or back-end programming required)
    • 10 weeks from the time the navigational layout (wireframe) is completed by the client and site content is submitted
  • For all other sites the web team builds:
    • 10 weeks from the time the navigational layout (wireframe) is completed by the client and site content is submitted

 

Project schedules begin when the web team receives a completed wireframe and the final, approved content for a site.

 

If you have not finished your planning or creating your content by the minimum time requirement noted above, and/or do not provide any additional required content and/or feedback according to the project schedule we prepare for you, your project will experience delays.

 

 


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