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New Process to Publish Events and Files to the Extension Website

Posted: March 25, 2014

To help with consistency and best practices online, the Extension Program Leaders asked the Web Services Team to implement a new process for publishing Events and Files on the website.

PDF Files

If you haven't already, please read the recent blog post by the Extension Program Leaders, What's the Problem with PDF files on the Web. The blog highlights some best practices for working with web content as well as some common problems found on the Extension website.

In most cases, PDF files should not be used to display content on the web. If a PDF is submitted for publication on the Extension website, the Web Services Team will assist the authors to determine if the content can be provided in a better format, and provide assistance in converting PDF files to web format.

Events

With almost 400 content providers on the Extension website, it's difficult to ensure that all events appear consistently on the website. The EPLs have also asked the Web Services Team to verify that events (non-Cvent events) are:

  • Added to the proper folder on the website (under Program areas instead of county sites)
  • Tagged correctly with Program and County
  • Are formatted for search engine optimization and accessibility
  • Use an appropriate registration method

The New Process

We plan to implement the new publishing process on April 1, 2014. After creating Events or Files on the Extension website, you should now "submit for publication." The Web Services Team will help to verify that content is optimized for search engines, mobile devices, marketing efforts, and accessibility.

Details and Instructions

Tips and Best Practices

For general tips and best practices for adding content to the web, read Writing and Formatting for the Web - Best Practices.