All websites including registered student organization’s sites must comply with university policies and requirements. For example, sites available to the public, or used by students who have a disability are required to be accessible. Here are some accessibility tips that will improve the usability for everyone, including those with disabilities.
The COFA Web team supports, maintains and manages the technology for the main college and department websites. They also provide guidance and set-up support for programs utilizing the University of Texas Blog Service.
The COFA Web team is not resourced to assist student organizations with websites. Students can use many of the services listed below, promote on HornsLink and contact the Office of the Dean of Students for additional resources.
Web Content Creation Options
Do it yourself with Web publishing options on Web Central are provided by the university. University services are more secure and stable than externally provided web services and the university staff can assist you. Hosting your website outside of the university is not recommended. If funding is available you could hire a contractor. Please contact us for guidance.
University Web Services
The university provides many tools that can help you get your content online.
- The University of Texas Blog Service, a university managed version of WordPress.
- UT Digital Repository is an online library. Scholarly and research work is easily accessed online through a persistent web address.
- Share and store images with the Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) (or Portfolio) service.
- Faculty can use the Canvas Learning Management System.
- University Wikis can look like a normal website and be set to allow anonymous visitors access without logging in.
External Web or Cloud Services
Options to provide content online hosted by third party vendors store data on servers outside of university control. Read the Information Security Office’s Cloud Services guide on the risks of data mining, advertising, security, privacy and reliability before utilizing these services.
Three external Web services being utilized for some of our college Web content needs have been approved by the Information Security Office:
- UTBox for online document sharing ,
- Qualtrics to create online surveys and forms, and
- Google Drive and Google Sites associated with UTmail accounts to host webpages. The Office of Instructional Innovation has a tutorial on creating a Google Site.
Note that SquareSpace has not been approved for university content.
Social networks, like Facebook make it easy for to communicate. They are external cloud services and reserve a number of rights so it is important read the terms of service. By using them, you may be assigning rights you don’t own. Social networks in the College.
Contact the public affairs staff in your department or the COFA Web team, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information