Missouri State University

Maintaining Your Website After Redesign

Reviewing your Web pages

In your new site, some content pieces are updated automatically when the course catalogs are updated while other pieces will need to be reviewed and edited regularly by your department or program. Although major changes may not be needed, it is a best practice to review the site regularly to ensure that the content is still accurate.

Examples of some of the pages that will need to be reviewed regularly include the following pages:

  • Program homepages
  • Contact information
  • Graduation plans
  • Student opportunities and services
  • Course rotations
  • Advisement

When reviewing, ensure that these pages still accurately reflect your department or program’s goals, specifics, benefits and offerings.

Catalog pulls

Many of the admission and program requirements pages on your new site feature pulls from the course catalog. When a change is made to the course catalog, it will be automatically reflected on your site.

Therefore, make all of your updates to programs and course offerings through the process outlined for editing the course catalog. Please be diligent in reviewing your courses and ensuring that the content contained in the catalogs is the most current.

Publicizing events

The master calendar and your department/program blog are the recommended resources for publicizing your special events. Submission to the master calendar is the first step in getting your event included on media calendars and considered for promotion on University top-level Web pages. Also, blog posts are an easy way to provide timely event information and limit the need to constantly update and publish Web pages.

If you do publish event specific Web pages, they need to be monitored more often than once a semester. The event’s page will need to be updated to reflect changes in event details and the conclusion of the event. Event photos, a link to a recap blog post or the posting of future dates are some ways the page can be modified post-event.

Spotlights

The spotlights developed during your site’s redesign will stay active for up to three years. To keep these stories fresh, you are encouraged to develop new features of faculty, students and alumni that tell their unique stories or feature their accomplishments. See instructions or request access.

The office of web and new media can also assist in developing video spotlights. A database of spotlights in a variety of formats is available for your reference and use.

Faculty profiles

Changes and additions to your faculty profiles can be emailed to the office of web and new media. When a new faculty hire is made, a faculty survey can be sent to them, and upon completion, it will be used to create his or her online profile.

Photographic services can take a faculty headshot for a charge or the faculty member can attend one of the free photo days held throughout the year.

Editing pages

To edit the content of your website, you will need to use Web Press. Trainings and support for Web Press are offered through the office of web and new media.

Style guide

An online writing and editing guide is available from the office of publications as a resource when updating Web content, writing blog posts and creating new spotlights. Following these styles will help the University maintain consistency across departments, offices and other units.

Blog topics

New blog posts keep your website fresh and your community informed. You should post at least biweekly.

Ideas for posts