TAMIU Web Style Guide Steps Towards Better TAMIU Web Pages

PLAN

Before you even open your webpage design program, take a moment to consider what you want on your page, and, just as importantly, how you want people to reach it.

a) Content

Obviously, you want your web page to communicate something about your department, program or organization. Be sure to outline the major areas of responsibility on the main page of your site.
Consider the following questions to help you determine what should be present:
Who are we?

  • What do we do?
  • How can we help you?
  • How can you contact us?
  • Other sources or links
  • If appropriate, you may want to include your mission statement.
In addition to your individualized copy, each page should contain:
  • Texas A&M International University. The University's name should be prominent on the web page, offering visual confirmation of the University’s role/presence.
  • Your organization, department, program, etc. name.
  • Contact information, including phone number, e-mail, fax and physical location.
  • Last revision date
  • Navigation buttons back to your main page
  • Navigation buttons back to TAMIU homepage
  • Copyright information (this is defaulted in the supplied template).

b) Navigation

Almost as important as content, navigability means how easy or difficult it is to find information. In general, people do not want to scroll throughout the web page, or endure multiple clicks to get to content.

To insure ease of navigation on your web site:

  • Create a flow chart, so you can visually see where information is displayed/stored.
  • Try to have no more than three layers to your site.
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