Creating, Storing, and Linking Pages to the UMD Web Site
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Four types of pages may be linked to the UMD web pages:
- official UMD web pages
- professional pages of faculty and staff
- personal web sites of students, faculty, and staff
- and other relevant sites, including the University of Minnesota system.
ITSS provides campus web services in partnership with University Marketing and Public Relations.
Creating Web Pages
Official pages are those pages that represent UMD as official information or policy about the campus, such as the UMD home page, departmental pages, calendar, news, etc. Developers of official pages are responsible for ensuring that their pages comply with this policy before making the request to link. Developers should make sure that the appropriate unit head has reviewed and approved pages before making the request to link. Official pages should be reviewed annually.
Professional pages contain information about a faculty or staff member's professional activities, credentials, research activities, or course materials. Personal pages belong to individuals and serve to provide information about an individual that is relevant to the role of the individual in the University. Developers of professional and personal pages are responsible for ensuring that their pages comply with this policy before making the request to link. Pages for individuals who are no longer affiliated with the University will be removed. Personal home pages should be constructed so that they are not wasteful of University resources. See Policy on the Appropriate Use of Information Technology for further information.
Assistance in developing web pages is available from ITSS. Please consider using any of the following resources:
- The Web Developer's Guide for detailed on-line instruction.
- The ITSS Training site for workshops and other training resources.
- The Multimedia Hub, where equipment and assistance is available.
- Web Development Service, available for a fee.
Several templates are suggested for use in official web pages and professional pages. These include the University of Minnesota Duluth wordmark and logo, the University of Minnesota equal opportunity statement, copyright statement, and privacy statement. Units choosing not to use these templates should include these elements in their designs.
All university web pages should be made accessible to the widest possible audience and be compliant with federal laws and university policies. For more information, see
- Web Design References on Accessibility
- UM Policy on Accessibility of Information Technology
- ITSS Online Training
Storing Web Pages
Official Web Pages
Official web pages should be stored on the campus web servers, to ensure consistent access, branding, and usability. Effective Fall 2015, all new campus web sites will be provisioned in the Drupal content management system.
Professional, Personal and Student Organization Web Pages
Individuals who create professional or personal web pages have several options:
- Store them in your personal directory on the UMD web server (d.umn.edu/~username), where username is the individual's regular user name.
- Create a site in Google Sites, part of the suite of Google services available to all faculty, staff, and students.
Student groups should use BulldogLink to host and manage their organizations site.
Linking Web Pages
Official Web Pages
The University of Minnesota Duluth home page is organized into information categories that serve as links to other UMD web sites. Some web pages may be linked to more than one category.
Only select items are posted on the UMD home page. The addition and placement of home page links is determined by the Drupal Migration Team. Home page links rarely change. They are chosen because they have high importance to a majority of the UMD home page audience.
Professional and Personal Pages
Individuals with personal or professional pages are encouraged to link their pages to their entry in the People Directory to make them easier for others to find. Authenticate and then select "World Wide Web URL" to make the entry.