Information presented on the PC website should be accurate, timely and germane, while still allowing for an appropriate measure of freedom of expression. For these reasons, a periodic review and evaluation of sites is needed. This Web page guideline procedure is the first step in establishing reasonable standards. The procedures include a listing of page elements, recommended style guidelines and suggestions.
Any PC staff member wishing to develop a website, or update/maintain an existing site, should contact the Web Site Coordinator for a log-in and password to the PC web site.
PC Web Site Coordinator:
The Porterville College Web Site Coordinator reviews all PC website content submissions and website links. The Coordinator monitors materials attached to the PC home page for compliance to Porterville College and Accessibility standards.
Before content is submitted to the Web Site Coordinator, Division Chairs or the appropriate department head may review them and sign-off.
New content or changes to Web pages are to be submitted in final, formatted form, either in a text document or in the body of an email. Please don't expect the Website Coordinator to re-type or "clean-up" your content (i.e., no abbreviations, data items should be formatted in tables, headings formatted, etc.)
Web pages represent both the college and the faculty or staff member’s best effort. The pages should:
- Reflect a high level of excellence related to the educational program, student service areas or college activities;
- Support the mission and goals of the college
General Website Content Standards:
- Web pages must conform to Section 508 Accessibility Standards. (Please see Accessibility Guide Sheet)
- Porterville College’s name must appear in the page title and near the top of the page.
- Links returning to the PC home page: www.portervillecollege.edu must be on each page.
- The title of the department or division or subject identifier should be located near the top of the web page.
- The initiator is responsible for the currency and revision of his/her web site.
- Materials approved by division or department heads are published to the web server and, after review by the Web Site Coordinator, linked to the PC Web Page.
- External links are related to the website theme.
It is important to the college that our web sites:
- Have correct and timely information.
- Have content appropriate for our audience.
- Are branded appropriately.
- Are easy to use.
- Comply with Section 508 and other applicable laws.
- Are interactive where appropriate. (Use technology for a purpose)
- Use correct grammar and spelling.
As such, we recommend the following policies:
- With few exceptions, sites that aren’t updated at least once in the last 6 months will be removed.
- Monthly reviews are recommended. Exceptions will include archived information like past class schedules, catalogs, publications, history, etc.
- Agreeing to create a website obligates the requestor to update the site regularly as if it were part of their job description. If at any point a site doesn’t have someone assigned to update it regularly, the site will be removed.
- Content will be managed and updated by staff and faculty around the campus but the Website Coordinator will manage the placement of the content within our site. Content that is particularly useful and is regularly updated will be featured more prominently.
These materials or practices are unacceptable because they may violate copyright laws, accepted practice or protocol:
- Copyrighted materials in any form, unless granted written permission and identified as such
- Confidential information as defined by laws or KCCD policy.
- Photographs or videos of persons without the authors/publishers expressed written permission
- Personal, private or commercial activities or advertisements.
- Other content/material prohibited by law or KCCD policy.
Division/Department Home Page Standards:
In addition to the items listed above, the following standards are suggested:
- Description of the division/department
- Description of the division/department programs
- List of faculty members: email addresses
- Name and email address to Division Chair or Division contact person
Faculty/Staff Home Page Requirements:
Faculty and Staff may request websites housed on the home.portervillecollege.edu domain. The following guidelines are suggested:
- Courses taught and/or services provided
- Course syllabi
- Office hours
- Personal information
- Photo (optional, service available from Web Site Coordinator)
- Biographical background: education and/or experience
Graphics and Background Guidelines:
Graphics and background can add attractive enhancements to a website. Developers should use them to enhance their site. These guidelines are provided to support these enhancements:
- GIF and JPEG are the preferred formats for graphics or digital photos.
- Attractive backgrounds benefit from light colored, pastel or faded graphics. An attractive background is easier to display legible text.
- Avoid bright, distracting colors.
- Keep animations to a minimum. (only one per page)
- Blinking images or text violates Section 508 guidelines, as does the “marquee” function.
- Related pages should use commonly colored backgrounds for consistency.
- Section 1194.22, (c) Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup.
Websites are built to work. Computerized devices don’t always work as they should, so developers are required to test their website. The following are some possible steps:
- View pages through an Internet browser to check for errors.
- Cross check errors: run through two or more browsers to ensure maximum compatibility; for example, Netscape 4.0 or higher and Microsoft Explorer 4.0 or higher.
- Test links to assure that they go to the intended website.
- Return linked sites to source home page.
The PC site showcases current and upcoming events or activities. If there is something that faculty or staff would like placed on the site, contact the Web Site Coordinator.
The PC website, like the Internet, is in a constant state of flux. The basic nature of both systems is change.