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    Improving Your Website through Writing and Site Structure


    • Navigation is dependent on site structure and is set up to provide users with an easy way to move around the website.
    • One navigation item equals one top-level folder.
    • Navigation and Site Structure are a helpful way to organize concepts and content on your website.
    • All websites have two folders for special files:
      • /docs/ at the top level of the website: For documents - .doc, .pdf, .xls, .ppt
      • /images/ at the top level of the website: For images - .jpg, .gif, .png

    Accessing Your Website Account


    To access your Dartmouth website account, the supported secure FTP (SFTP) clients are Fetch for MacIntosh OS X and SSH Secure Shell for Windows.

    Fetch is an FTP application that is site-licensed for Dartmouth. Originally developed at Dartmouth, this product is now sold by FetchSoftworks. If you are a member of the Dartmouth community, click the Fetch link below to download the site-licensed version of Fetch. Everyone else should click the FetchSoftworks link to purchase a copy of Fetch.

    Images for the Web Tips


    What Size Should I Make My Image

    • Images should be less than 450 pixels wide
    • File size should be less than 40KB for larger files and less than 12KB for smaller files
    • Photos = .jpg
    • 256 color graphics = .gif
    • Size: 72 dpi

    Maximum Width for Images

    • Landscape images: 450 pixels wide
    • Portrait images: 200 pixels wide

    For Photos

    WordPress Service Overview



    WordPress is popular blogging platform. WordPress at Dartmouth has two main uses: traditional blogs, in which content is added to the site more or less regularly, and is primarily organized chronologically; and the construction of simple web sites.

    WordPress at Dartmouth is made available on a self-service basis and is not considered a mission-critical system.

    Web Service Overview



    Dartmouth ITS Web Services provides professional creative and technical support for the development of websites, including creating and hosting websites, the use of the institutional design templates, web information architecture development, and website content support through the use of two distinct content management systems. The service features

    Using OmniUpdate


    Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions:

    How do I create a new page or folder in OU?

    We have created three page creation templates in OmniUpdate that we hope will help simplify the process for creating sections and pages on your website.

    How do I update the section path (breadcrumb) at the top of my web page?

    Once logged in to OU, navigate to the folder whose section path needs updating and edit the file, then publish the file.

    Web Statistics


    Web site statistics are provided for departments who use the College-supported web content management systems (OmniUpdate or Drupal). Records for exist back to January 2005. If you are a client and would like to have statistics for your site available on a regular basis, email Web Publishing Services.

    Understanding Web Statistics

    Basic Page Introduction in Drupal


    The purpose of the introduction is to give users a very brief idea of what they’ll find on your page, and by brief we mean one or two sentences. If you need more room, split up your information and use the first section. Don't use multiple paragraphs in the introduction.

    There aren’t many text formatting options here. Introductory text will appear gray and larger than body text.

    Basic Page Sections in Drupal


    To make body text easier for users to scan, and to help you display it better, Drupal lets you break it into sections. This is why it pays to have your content as well organized as possible ahead of time.

    Each section has a section heading, a section title and a section body. It's not necessary to use both the section heading and the section title, so if you only need one, we recommend that you use the section title.

    Basic Page Columns in Drupal


    You have the option of displaying the text below your introduction, also known as your sections, in one or two columns. If you opt for two columns, Drupal puts half of the columns on the right and half on the left, regardless of their length.

    Lists of courses or prizewinners are good uses of the two-column layout. It shortens what would otherwise be a very long page of very short lines.



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