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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 ...

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) Building Academic Websites (in the real world) Presentation Transcript

    • Brian Farr Valerie Forrestal Systems Manager College of Staten Island Web Services Librarian College of Staten Island   CUNY IT Conference ~ 12.6.13
    •      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
    •  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?
    • 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)
    • How did we get here?
    • 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
    • For questions or more info: brian.farr@csi.cuny.edu valerie.forrestal@csi.edu Site @ did.csi.cuny.edu/wp Slides @ vforrestal.com