Any student organization that wishes to have a homepage linked with the Marquette University homepage in conjunction with the Office of Student Development and other student organizations must complete a Student Organization Homepage Agreement form (located in AMU 121 or online at http://www.marquette.edu/osd/organizations/forms/webpage-agreement-2010-2011.pdf). The homepage creator agrees to read and abide by the rules, guidelines, and policies set forth in the Guidelines for Official Student Organization Homepages and the Marquette University Web Publishing Guidelines for Official Homepages. This policy can be found at the following website: www.marquette.edu/upp/documents/upp1-21.pdf. Failure to abide by these policies can result in having your organizations pages pulled from the server, and further disciplinary action may result. Once the Student Organization Homepage Agreement form has been completed, the organization’s web page creator will be contacted by Danny Manson, Student Affairs Communications Coordinator, to discuss the next steps in publishing your organizations website.
If your recognized organization’s web site is hosted through an external host (such as Shutterfly or GoDaddy), contact the Office of Student Development to request that your site be linked to the Office of Student Development’s organizations page.
To ensure that student organization pages continue to be updated and accurate, those organizations with web pages linked to the Office of Student Development and University web sites are required to submit a Web Page Agreement Form annually.
The Office of Student Development (OSD) can provide web server space for a student organization’s website, but we do NOT do the design of it. Your organization is responsible for that.
The way this works, then is that you deliver the files to OSD each time you make an update, and we load them onto the server. This can be done by emailing a zipped file with all contents (pages, images, etc.) to email@example.com or bringing files to OSD on a flash drive.
Tips and requirements are as follows:
1. The website must be in html.
2. Whatever your homepage is, it must be titled “index.html”
3. Page titles, images, etc. (any files that will be placed on the website) should not have spaces in the title: “contact_us.html” as opposed to “contact us.html”
4. All images should be kept in a folder titled “images” as opposed to within the same folder your webpage files will be placed. Link the images from this folder.
5. Programs such as Microsoft Publisher or Mac Works are NOT good options for creating a website. What these programs do is allow you to design a nice graphic layout, but then when you export it to html, it cuts each page up into pictures for display and makes text uneditable except for in its native program (the text is literally a picture). Furthermore, because your site displays as images only, search engines cannot find your site because engines search for words and your site will be composed of images.
6. Use an html editor such as Dreamweaver to create your site.
7. There are great books in the library about designing a web page in html, easy to read guides and nothing extremely complex.
8. The Center for Teaching and Learning http://www.marquette.edu/ctl/ in the library has Dreamweaver on its computers, which students can use. The Center for Leadership, Service, and Involvement http://www.marquette.edu/osd/clsi/index.shtml in the AMU also has one computer equipped with Dreamweaver.
9. There are free templates available for download to get you started. Do an internet search for free website templates such as at this site: http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/. In the case of using these, you just need to swap out images.
10. When using images, they should not be too large as this will slow down the loading of your page. An image of 72 dpi is acceptable.
The other option you have is to host your site externally, and then the Office of Student Development links to it from your organization’s listing.