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Web Best Practices

The following are best practices to make your online communications as successful as possible. By following web and accessibility standards, you can make your content more discoverable and usable by all types of people and search engines. These best practices should compliment Penn State's website requirements and guidelines.

The "Short Name" field in Plone sets the URL segment for the current page/folder. This field is automatically set when the page is created, and usually does not need to be modified.

This article details the information architecture of a standard AgSci Plone site. It describes the purpose of each major area, and presents the standards for that area.

You've traditionally created a printed publication, but now you want to go online to save printing costs. Do you create a newsletter formatted website or do you use a blog?

Meaningful link text makes pages more friendly for visitors and search engines.

These are some guidelines to effectively use Plone's "Event" content type. Some parts of this best practice only apply to the Extension site, but most of the information applies to any of the AgSci Plone sites.

Should I manage a collection of links to related content on my site?

Do you have an idea that you want to share with a video? Do you have video from an event or program? Please review these best practices to make your video as successful as possible.

When is it appropriate to use a PDF, and when should a page be used instead?

This article provides guidelines to determine the text of the header on AgSci Plone sites.

The following URL standard defines the framework of the College of Agricultural Science's web-based infrastructure. The objective is to ensure that web-based information and services are structured in a consistent way that provides the most effective access to information for our target audience.