Web Development Best Practices
The account information for a Web site should never be given to an individual who is not authorized to maintain the Web site. Delete any account information from the computer prior to transferring it to another department.
Avoid the inclusion of individual faculty/staff e-mail addresses in a Web page whenever possible. Instead, list only the name and other contact information and instruct visitors to use the on-line faculty/staff directory to locate an e-mail address.
Files used in a Web site should be well organize and easily identified by name and location. For example, photographs and other graphics files are typically placed within a sub-folder named "images". Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF files are usually stored in a sub-folder titled "documents".
Official University Web sites should only be managed using official University computers. Do not use personal computers to update departmental Web sites.
Private data such as name, address, and birth date should not be collected online unless via a secure method approved by the Information Technology department. Employee/Student identification numbers must be used instead of Social Security Numbers.
Official Troy University Web sites should not be used to advertise another entity or product.
Use of Troy University branding materials is strictly controlled. TROY logos may not be altered. Consult the Graphics and Standards Manual or the Office of Marketing and Communication for more information.
Official Troy University Web sites must be hosted on a troy.edu domain. The use of other types of domains such as “.net” or “.com” is generally not permitted.
Every page should include a section of text title "Last Updated" followed by the date the document was modified. For example, "Last Updated: 08/01/2007"
Only the Homepage located at http://www.troy.edu may be used in publications and marketing materials. The address for a specific page or Web site, except for the Homepage, may not be advertised.
Contact the Webmaster at your campus or site if you require assistance with updating an official TROY site or have questions related to your Web site.