Process for Starting a New UNLcms Website

Before requesting a new website in IANR, it's helpful to meet with Anne Holz, IANR Media's web strategist.

IANR Media's web strategist will be able to help you with the following:

  • Provide you with website resources
  • Check that your site is following the University of Nebraska–Lincoln brand and style guidelines
  • Tell you which features are currently available and which would need to be developed to accomplish your site's goal
  • Connect you with campus web service providers for design and development
  • Help you prepare and provide a web service provider with the information needed for an estimate
  • Assist you in optimizing your page content and structure for your audience and search engines
  • Set up helpful Google Analytics reports to evaluate how well your site is performing

Starting a New Website

  1. Determine a web address for your site (mydepartment.unl.edu)
    This will need to be submitted when the site is ready to go live. Type the address in the browser to make sure it's not already in use by another department. Web addresses are subject to approval by ITS.
  2. Submit the "Request New Site" form on unlcms.unl.edu
    In the "Additional Comments" box note that the site is in IANR. Website requests are subject to approval by IIM.
  3. Explore similar sites
    Compile a list of URLs that show examples of similar features, menu items and content that align with the goal of your site.
  4. Determine the site structure
    You can display a maximum of six main menu items across the top. Approximately up-to six submenu items is recommended in the dropdown menu.
  5. Determine the scope of your site
    • Approximately how many pages need to be created before the site goes live?
    • Do you need to hire a professional web designer?
    • Do you need custom development to use features that aren't part of the standard install?
    • What type of content can you provide for the new site? Photos, graphics, written copy?
    • Who will add content on the site before it goes live? Someone on your team? A web designer?
    • How will your site be updated and maintained after it goes live?
  6. Determine content types
    Visit other UNLcms sites and compile a list of URL's with examples of the type of content you’d like on your site.
    • Rotating carousel images
    • News
    • Social media feeds
    • Faculty and staff pages
    • Web forms
    • Email signup form
    • Event calendar
  7. Meet with a web design/development team (optional)
    IANR Media's web team can provide you with an estimate for web design and development. For more information contact Jason Cooper, IANR Media's communications & media coordinator.
  8. Set a go live date
  9. Design your site and populate it with content (or work with a web designer)
    When you have access to your production site, you'll receive an email. Your site will have an address similar to http://unlcms.unl.edu/college/my-department and will be listed on the my sites page.
  10. Review your site
    Check every page on your site. Check that your site's Web Audit score is 100%. Contact IANR Media to set up your Google Analytics account.
  11. Submit a form to make your site live
    When the site is ready to go live, submit the Request to Make Your UNLcms Site Public form.
  12. Promote your site

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