Brian Farr

Valerie Forrestal

Systems Manager
College of Staten Island

Web Services Librarian
College of Staten Island

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Clear, concise and logical navigation
Simple, elegant design
Advertise news and upcoming events
Central search ...
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Site organization
o Will your page groupings make sense to users?
o Deep hierarchical design may require extra navigati...
Source:
“How to Create a Directory Structure
Search Engines Rock To”
by Stoney deGeyter
(http://www.searchengineguide.com/...
How did we get here?
Joomla:
• Customizations prevented
updates
• Messy back-end/admin
interface
• Old, vulnerable plugins

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Learning...
For questions or more info:
brian.farr@csi.cuny.edu
valerie.forrestal@csi.edu
Site @ did.csi.cuny.edu/wp
Slides @ vforrest...
Building Academic Websites (in the real world)
Building Academic Websites (in the real world)
Building Academic Websites (in the real world)
Building Academic Websites (in the real world)
Building Academic Websites (in the real world)
Building Academic Websites (in the real world)
Building Academic Websites (in the real world)
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Presentation for the 2013 CUNY IT Conference, on realistic website development for non-commerce sites. Presenters Brian Farr & Valerie Forrestal from the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.

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Building Academic Websites (in the real world)

  1. 1. Brian Farr Valerie Forrestal Systems Manager College of Staten Island Web Services Librarian College of Staten Island   CUNY IT Conference ~ 12.6.13
  2. 2.      Clear, concise and logical navigation Simple, elegant design Advertise news and upcoming events Central search box for finding resources Repository for forms, policies, hours and contact information
  3. 3.  Site organization o Will your page groupings make sense to users? o Deep hierarchical design may require extra navigation, such as secondary nav menus and/or breadcrumb links o Folder structure will also affect how links look    How many templates? (1 vs. 2 column design – how will mobile handle side column? Drop it? Stack it? What kind of navigation? What nav should go on every page External links? Deep footer?
  4. 4. Source: “How to Create a Directory Structure Search Engines Rock To” by Stoney deGeyter (http://www.searchengineguide.com/ston ey-degeyter/how-to-create-a-directorystructure-sear.php)
  5. 5. How did we get here?
  6. 6. Joomla: • Customizations prevented updates • Messy back-end/admin interface • Old, vulnerable plugins      Learning curve Will you need user accounts? Will it continue to be supported? Server requirements Back end code    Versioning Functions vs. content Site performance Why WordPress? • Any CMS will do what we need • Leanest • Easiest • Least intimidating to librarians • Better separation between code & content
  7. 7. For questions or more info: brian.farr@csi.cuny.edu valerie.forrestal@csi.edu Site @ did.csi.cuny.edu/wp Slides @ vforrestal.com

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