Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Why should you care about how you name JPGs, PDFs, and other files used on your web pages? Because doing it the right way helps avoid problems and can actually improve the value of your web pages.
Proper file naming involves using appropriate keywords – descriptive words or phrases someone might search for – and avoiding spaces and special characters.
When you fail to follow these rules, you get file names that look like this:
Web browsers replace spaces in filenames with "%20," making it difficult for humans to read. Running words together is not as difficult for humans to read, but search engines can't distinguish individual words that have no separator.
But both humans and search engines can read this neat and tidy name:
If you have PDFs that you replace each year, here's one more tip to keep your file manager neat and tidy: don't include the date in your PDF filename. Instead, put the date in the document itself - in the header, footer, or even the title. Here's how:
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
One of the most annoying things for website visitors is clicking a link and getting an error message. This is known as a “404 error” and in an ideal world, we would never see it.
While you can’t control broken links outside your department pages, you can — and should — eliminate them on your own pages. One way to find broken links is to go through all your pages and manually click each link to make sure it works, but that can take a lot of time.
A faster way is to use a free browser extension available for Firefox or Chrome. Here are two that I have tried. (I use the Chrome extension almost every day):
After installing the extension to your browser of choice*, you can check the links on your web page in seconds, with the click of a button. The tool will highlight broken links. Then you can open the page in Web Manager and fix those links, thus making the World Wide Web a little bit better.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Need help using Web Manager 2, cropping photos, or structuring pages?
Have questions about best content practices, naming files, or all the things?
All Web Manager 2 users: check this blog and tutorials for answers!
Normal users: contact your Publisher for assistance
Publishers and Editors: contact Kari Barton. Her info is on the Web Manager 2 homepage!
Kari Barton (from Marketing's Web Content team) is your new primary contact for assistance. She can answer any questions you have!Posted at 9:23 AM | Permalink
Friday, October 4, 2013
You've probably heard that Liberty University now has it's own zip code — here's how it will affect you on the web.
This new zip code will be used for all on-campus mail, so you may need to update any addresses you have posted on your webpages in order to reflect this change.
For full information, view the new Zip Code details from Postal ServicesPosted at 10:19 AM | Permalink
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
As you know, we've made phenomenal progress on the Provost's new plan for Academic web content. With this implementation have come some changes in procedures for updates. This post gives a simple breakdown of what has changed, and how.
As you know, the publishing process now goes through our team and the Provost's office. Here is the procedure:
Pages should be published within 1-2 business days after being submitted for approval.
Need to update your navigation? No problem!
Need to delete some pages? No problem!
As an Editor, you no longer have to worry about Signing-Off on pages. You can still view the list of pages pending Sign-Off, but you do not have to Sign-Off. Even without Sign-Offs, remember to review your pages and keep them up to date!
Still have questions? Shoot me an email.
Posted at 4:01 PM | Permalink