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It must be that time of the year. It seems that I am getting a lot more request for home page placement from every special interest group under the sun. They feel that the home page is their personal billboard for getting the word out about their event. Do any of you have in your policies what constitutes having real estate on the home page that is binding?

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I have a very informal guideline

 

Part one from guidelines

The FIU homepage banners are used to highlight stories that rise above our daily stories. These are things that feature our FIU brand attributes: Entrepreneurial, International/Global, Accessible, Community-focused, Vibrant, Ideally Located.

 

Another qualification is that the story is aimed at the main homepage audience - prospective students. We should seek stories that appeal to this audience. The average event post or general informational update will not be posted to the banner.

 

The FIU News editors and Web Communications team will choose the banner highlights at their discretion.

 

Stories that would work:

- Large enterprise stories

- Stories with student focus

- Align with brand attributes


Stories that won’t work:

- HR updates

- Professor gets an award

- General events

 

 

Part two from Web policy

 

  • Requests to place content on the home page should be directed to External Relations. Space on the home page is limited, and as such, priorities are based on the size of the intended audience and support of university goals.
  • Link requests for the home page should be directed to External Relations. Links are intended to provide general university information and direct users to needed sub-sites. Again, space is limited and priorities are determined by External Relations.
  • Links from the home page will not be provided to unsponsored personal resources, (e.g., a website for which a department or office has not accepted responsibility or where content is not controlled by university administrators, faculty, or staff). Websites that originate from a non-university host will generally not be directly linked to on the University's web site.


We suggest the following alternative methods of getting content on the homepage.
  • Write an article for FIU News
  • Submit and event to the FIU Events Calendar.

 

Thank you Matt for your reply. What you have sounds good. Was wondering if administration has your back on this.
With very few exceptions yes. About the only way these get broken is if it is the president. My VP supports it totally and helps enforce. I think having a hideous old site that would post anything helped pave the way for the support of this.
This goes back to the need for a true web governance framework which would include both policies and standards to address this issue.  I'm currently collecting hundreds of web policies and will share my research and analysis in the near future.
Mark I just shared the google doc of my in development web policy to your mark@buffalo.edu acct, I dont have your gmail acct. I am working on policy and governance heavily right now. I just puchased site improve to help with a lot of the oversite and have 90  plus sites that I call key entry point that I plan to monitor and oversee. I am working with my VP to get buy in from other VP and Dean so that if I flag sites and non compliant it will get addressed.
Matt - would you mind if I borrowed excerpts from your guidelines? I am like Steve in this regard, and unlike in your case, the people pushing for homepage space are the administration. Our homepage is our prospective student page, but right now we have a "make a gift" link on it. So, I think a version of your guidelines would help me. Thanks in advance.
Sure thing, beg, steal, whatever :)
Thanks, I appreciate it.

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