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Over the next few months we're going to be re-vamping departmental web sites at our college. As part of this, we're going to put together a web content guide aimed at providing guidance on how folks should present their department on the web.

We're looking at more than just a style guide; we also want to bake-in best practices in web content writing. For example: 

  • like not having a 1,200 word mission statement or greeting from the director on the home page
  • writing tighter, shorter pages about the department's different programs, facilities, etc.
  • effective use of bulleted lists and pull quotes  
  • recommendations for images, colors, etc. as well.
My question for you is ... do you have any examples of such web content guides, either in or out of higher education?


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I don't have an example but am highly interested in what anyone can provide!
I put this guide together last year for our 400 (!) contributors to our CMS: www.iup.edu/web/bestpractices.

The most popular feature has been the checklist. All of our contributors tell us they don't have any time to work on their websites, so this list gives them thing to do from most important/achievable to least. It's all pretty specific to our situation and strategy, but you could adapt the idea very easily.
Yoink!

Thanks Michael!
Wow.

Nice.

Wow.again.
My university has style guides for our identity, but nothing for web content.

Looking at our web presence, I don't know if that is a symptom or a cause--or both.

General web usability practices apply even to university websites. Jakob Nielsen's work is a good place to start.
Thanks everyone! I've created a list of higher educuation style guides/web content guides in Delicious:

http://www.delicious.com/LafayetteNuke/styleguides

I'll keep adding to it as more come up.
Hi Ken,

William & Mary has one here:
http://www.wm.edu/offices/creativeservices/resources/styleguides/in...

You might also find some useful stuff here:
http://www.wm.edu/cascade

Good luck,
Susan
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Susan T. Evans
Director of Creative Services
College of William & Mary
Thanks for the example -- I'll check them out.

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