Website Design/Development Guide

Website Design/Development Guide

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Contact Information

Maria Sanford - Room 104
webrequest@ccsu.edu
Fax: (860) 832-1796

Chad Tower

Assistant Manager of Internet Services
tower@ccsu.edu
(860) 832-1792

Web Design/Management Overview

Content/Design Ownership

Individual CCSU departments/centers/organizations are responsible for the content on their respective websites. The Office of Marketing and Communications will work with a representative from each department to help identify the objectives and needs for the website, and will construct a design based on the content provided. 

The Office of Marketing & Communication is responsible for the presentation of the web. Representatives for each website are encouraged to work with them to create a design that best meets their needs. Marketing & Communications will ensure that all the pages on the CCSU web server meet web standards and match the Central Style Guide. The office reserves the right to modify any information, layout, navigation, etc on the that is not compliant.

Website Maintenance

All modifications to the main CCSU website should be requested in the Web Request System. News Feeds, Calendars, Galleries, and other types of content may be editable through web editing modules in webCapp. Access can be granted to these modules on request.

Marketing & Communications does not support/host Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, or any other 3rd party content management systems for website development other then the official CCSU CMS provider (OmniUpdate) and/or any systems managed directly by the Office of Marketing & Communications.

Identify the purpose or objective of your site, and match it with your content

What are you trying to accomplish with your website? Why do students go to your site? Structure your information from the user's viewpoint — in categories they'll understand, in terms they'll understand.

Keep design layout consistent throughout the site

Text alignment, font, font size, colors, layout/structure, content hierarchy, site organization, etc. Text that's all capitalized, all bold, or all underlined is hard to read. Special fonts or formats are meant to accent text, not overpower it.

Also, do not have inconsistent navigation throughout your site. Navigation should be simple and consistant.

Make your text clear, concise, and easy to read

Websites should be as simple as possible, both to navigate and to read. Keep text to a minimum — just enough to convey your message. Longer copy may be more informative, but it is significantly less likely to be read.

Optimize images and files for the web

Make sure any images that are to be used online are optimized for the web. ex: RGB, 72ppi, appropriate dimensions.

 

Style Guidelines

Maintaining a consistent brand identity is important. To help ensure our site reflects this, the Office of Marketing & Communications has created a series of rules and recommendations that outline how official CCSU department websites should be designed. The goal of this style guide is to ensure design consistency, ease of use, & brand identity are not compromised online - Click here for more information.

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