Web Site Publishing
Acquiring Web Space
Official University entities and student organizations may request web hosting from Texas Tech University by submitting a Department/Organization Web Hosting Account Application.
Requesting a Web Site Name
Web Site Names, such as http://www.mysite.ttu.edu/, can be requested by your department's Network Site Coordinator (NSC)through the process detailed on the NSC web site. For more information, NSCs may contact Telecommunications Services.
Registration of Web Site Content Owner
Content Management System
As a service to the Texas Tech University content owners, the IT Division provides support and training on a content management system (CMS) for web authoring. Content management allows authors to easily update the content on their web pages without the need for in-depth web programming knowledge. Find out more information on OmniUpdate, the University's content management system.
In collaboration with the Office of Communications and Marketing and, under the guidance of the Web Executive Committee, the TTU Information Technology Division has developed a set of tiered templates for Web use. Each integrates official Texas Tech identity attributes and elements into a framework appropriate for different content types. They are coded with XHTML using external Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) that incorporate the TTU color palette and fonts. This simplifies the process of creating new sites and pages or converting your current site to our new look. Each of our templates create fully standards-compliant Web pages that keep the content accessible to every visitor.
All official TTU web resources shall utilize the appropriate tiered templates developed by the TTU IT Division and Communication & Marketing.
For more information on templates, contact IT TeamWeb.
There are three templates currently available:
- Tier 4 is the standard template for University departments and areas, and is the primary template distributed to official web resources.
- Tier 5 provides a streamlined design for interior web site pages, but should not be used for a web site's initial entry point or home page.
- Tier 6 is a stripped down design available for pages within your site that have a need for additional space, and in which site navigation is not required. This template should be used sparingly.
The links above will show what each tiered template looks like. All templates are available to sites within the CMS. For use of templates outside of the CMS, contact IT TeamWeb.
Editable/Customizable Template Components
Each template has several components available for customization. These areas include:
- Primary content area
- Area-specific site menu
- Area-specific footer contact information
Required Template Components
When the template file is distributed, it will be set up to use a custom masthead/title image for each official web resource. In addition to the standard required web components, all templates have required areas that should not be edited or removed. Depending on the specific template in use, these components include, but may not be limited to:
- Global Search
- Global Navigation
- Global Secondary Navigation
Listing your site on TTU.EDU
All official University entity web sites and currently registered student organizations may be linked to on the TTU.EDU web site. This listing includes, but is not limited to:
- University A-Z Listing
- Academic Department listing
- Administrative & Support Department listing
- Centers & Institutes
- Student Organizations
- Other Organizations
If your site is not currently listed, or the currently listed URL changes, please submit a Site Link Request Form.
Official Web Resources
For a departmental web site to be listed on TTU.EDU, it must comply with these publishing guidelines, including using the official web template. Otherwise, a generic page will be used as the official departmental landing page. All visitors will be redirected from there.
Unofficial Web Resources
For a student organization web site to be listed on the TTU Student Organizations list, a Student Organization must be officially registered with Student Union and Activities. Requests may only be submitted by the the currently registered organization contact or advisor.
Sponsored links are website links displayed and highlighted at the top of the TTU search results page, when you conduct a keyword search on the TTU website. This feature will let TTU emphasize specific web pages, to improve the likelihood that site visitors will quickly find the most relevant information first. Sponsored links and prioritization of sponsored links are determined by the Office of Communications & Marketing. More Information on Sponsored Links »
Pre-flight Checklist: Is your site ready to go live?
Print out this Pre-flight Checklist » for a quick go/no-go assessment of your web resource before going live.