Always spell check content in all fields - body copy, headlines and titles. If possible,
have someone else proofread your work.
Every word matters. Increasingly, people find content on the Internet through search
engines. The words you use let them gauge how relevant SLU.edu is to their search.
Once a person is on your page, they generally will only read a small portion. Use
headlines, subheads, bullets, bolding and other formatting to help make your key points.
You should have a strategic goal for each page you create or maintain on the site.
Common goals are enrollment and support.
Do not use "Last Updated" or "Under Construction" lines. Update your content as often
as it requires and do not launch new content before it is ready.
General information about the University, such as the campus map and the mission statement,
has already been developed. Rather than recreating or cutting and pasting the information
into your web page, please simply link to the top-level content.
As with any content provided on behalf of the University, all SLU websites must comply
with the following University and federal policies.
Put yourself in a user's mindset. How would the material make the most sense? What
structure would allow you to find what you're looking for quickly?
Before you develop or change your content, organize the information visually by outlining
it on paper or using a flowchart program. Is the information available elsewhere on
SLU.edu? What are the key tasks you want the user to accomplish. Finally, think about
the key words a person would use to find that page.
Photos, videos and graphics are communication tools, not merely decoration for the
page. They should convey information and provide visual interest by breaking up text.
Please resize large images and files for use on the web. The size of a graphic refers
to the amount of memory it requires. A graphic's size is determined not only by height
and width but also by how color information is encoded, which is determined by the
file format. Web graphics typically use two formats: GIF or JPG. Use GIFs for line
art or images that have clear distinctions between lines and between colors.
Use JPGs for photos or other images that use gradations of color or values.
Use "Title" tags to give the graphic a brief description.
If you link to an external page, form, PDF or other document from SLU.edu, ensure
it opens in a new browser window.
Include a link to SLU.edu in every e-mail you send and, if possible, on social media
Saint Louis University offers several digital resources outside the CMS for faculty,
staff and students, including SLU Global and ITS resources for research. If your digital
content focuses on SLU-specific groups or committees, projects or business operations,
we recommend you use Google Sites.
As part of the package of Google Apps available to the SLU community, Google Sites
yields great-looking sites with minimal technical skill or effort. Google Sites is
well documented, with user-friendly online help and tutorials. Google Sites also has
some very advanced modules that can be easily added -- such as embedding calendars,
spreadsheets and photo albums into pages -- with a little technical skill.
Sites made public (via the sharing options within Google Sites) can be accessed at sites.slu.edu/nameofsite.
Faculty, staff and students may request a MySQL database for their work at the University,
but not for personal use. SLU Information Technology Services handles requests for databases and provides support in ensuring you can access your