Units in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are encouraged to use templates, developed by University Relations, that are integrated with the university's web content management system.
Please review University Relations' guidelines for migrating a website into the CMS.
Benefits of using the content management system
- CMS provides a user-friendly way to enter and update content, eliminating the burdening technical skills previously required to edit websites.
- CMS is a staged solution, allowing you to create and edit content in a secure location before publishing changes for everyone to see. Built-in workflow features also provide an approval process for changes, if needed.
- CMS is pre-loaded with university design templates, ensuring your site is accessible and usable by computers and other devices. Additionally, all future updates to the templates will be automatically applied to your site.
- CMS incorporates many support features of Section 508 Compliance Standards, including requiring alt tags for images and allowing for heading style hierarchy to be read on screen readers for the visually impaired.
- CMS helps with search engine optimization (SEO) by allowing for keyword and description metadata to be easily added. This will help your website be more visible on search engines.
- All CALS websites in CMS are attached to Google Analytics for quick web traffic analysis. Google Analytics tracks visitors to each page, what pages are most popular, how long visitors view a page, from where visitors find your site, what keywords are used to find the site in a search engine, on which devices visitors are viewing your site, and many other valuable data.
Unit Website Standards
Additionally, the recommended website standards for the college are listed below.
- Include only approved university logos/banners in website design.
- Provide information:
- About research, teaching, and extension programs.
- For prospective and current students.
- About faculty and staff.
- About current events and news (newsletters, etc.).
- About giving to the university.
- Include contact information provide a link to contact information or (e-mail, phone, fax, mailing address, and mail code) on the homepage.
- Provide a link to the college calendar on the home page.
- Provide links to Virginia Tech and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, and Virginia Cooperative Extension.
- Follow mandated university policies and rules and state and federal laws concerning appropriate use of computers. Also see policies.vt.edu.
- Follow the university and college style guides.
Guidelines to help facilitate and promote consistency in visual identity, navigation, and usability across websites university-wide.