Make Your SCC Web
By Don Busché
Now that SCC has finalized the redesign
of the college website, it is time for all web authors to grab their dust pan, pour
a cup of coffee or tea, sit down, and start cleaning their web pages for the
move to the new website design. If you
don’t “clean” your website prior to April 28, 2014, your “junk” will be moved
along with your “treasures.” Here are a
few tips to help you make the best use of your time and effort.
Check for Obsolete Content
In the same way that our homes and garages
accumulate boxes of long forgotten contents, outdated information can build up
on a website. Even if you have been diligent about adding new content, you may
not have been as careful about removing obsolete content. Did you know that obsolete content and
abandoned web pages display in a web search?
Take time to read each of your web
pages with the following questions in mind:
Is the content
Do they contain
Are you promoting
events that have already taken place?
If the answer is “yes,” delete the offending
content or page from your website.
Check for Broken Links
During your spring clean, check for links
that have changed or disappeared. “404 pages” or internal links that lead
to “Page not Found” should be cleaned
up. Broken links are found by clicking
on each of the links. Be sure to check
all the navigation links you have added to the left side of your web pages.
Look for Missing or Outdated Images
Scan your pages
for missing or outdated images. If an image link is missing or broken, it will
appear as an empty space (often with a small image symbol over it). Remove or
replace these images.
Verify Your Contact Information
As you review your pages, verify that all
your contact information is current and, if necessary, make the appropriate corrections. As you scan the contact information, ask
yourself: are your office, phone number, and email address correct? Are
appropriate staff members' names and positions correct?
Clean out Storage Folders
Many individuals have
a hard time disposing of their “treasures.” The same may be true of their document
and image files. Outdated documents and
images take up disk storage space. Your
spring cleaning should include a check of the Images and Documents folders on
each of your websites. Delete any files in
these folders that are no longer used on your website. To locate these folders,
click the following: Site
Actions " View
All Site Content " Images [or " Documents] [or" Pages].
guidelines above and your website will be ready for the move to the new
design. Remember that spring cleaning
your website doesn’t have to be a chore; in fact, it may be a reward. The Web.Com committee will award a $25 gift
card each week to one individual who conducts a spring cleaning of their
website during the month of April. Look
for an email from the Web.Com committee that gives you the eligibility
rules. If you have any questions, feel
free to contact Don Busché at email@example.com.