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Web Development

Welcome to the web development guide! These pages are for anyone who is implementing departmental or organizational web sites at USD.

The available templates

If you are using Dreamweaver or Contribute, you should get these templates automatically. If not, you can get the templates as a zip file. Please note that these files are linked so as to show you what they will look like. Only get them by way of the zip file or within Dreamweaver/Contribute. Otherwise, you will lose all of the dynamic server-side code in these pages, as the server strips it out when it displays the files for you.

subsite_index.php
a template for the main page of your site
subpage_template.php
a template for your subpages--all page except your main page
two full_content templates
for pages that need a wider content area and do not need left navigation link
index.php
generally used for any top-level site that does not need any breadcrumb trail
global.php
a much simpler template that includes very little PHP code and only the top menu bar, suitable for deep pages which have been converted from other formats, such as word processing documents.

You might also want to read Implementing the USD Web Template.

Who needs this?

We are currently focusing on the top three levels: the main USD home page, the main pages for each of the top areas, and the subsidiary pages for each of the top pages. (These web development pages would not normally fall under the current stage, but I’m using them to test the redesign process.)

If you are part of the current stage, you have probably already been contacted. You are more than welcome to download the templates and start practicing using them for your site. However, these templates are not finalized yet (though they are very close to it), so there may yet be changes to them.

Frequently requested services

Request a Site Administrative employees and faculty can request a departmental or organizational site on the main USD webserver. (For more information about professional or personal sites, see Personal/Professional Websites.)
Design Resources General guidelines for creating HTML and for designing useful web pages, as well as listings of HTML and CGI resources at USD.
Change Contacts You must keep ITS informed when one of your two authorized contacts changes! If both contacts lapse or if you only have one contact, emergencies, password changes, or anything to do with the administration of your sites becomes much more difficult and will take more time.
Change Passwords You can change your password the same way you change your MySanDiego password, but if you forget your password one of your authorized contacts will need to e-mail our webmaster.

Older web design information

The rest of this site (the Web Development Guidelines) will be undergoing a revision in the coming weeks to reflect the new templates. Currently, the following information reflects the old web templates, which we will be slowly phasing out.

The following older resources will eventually be redesigned or removed:

USD Design PolicyIn the updated USD web design policy, you will find webpage requirements and guidelines you should follow for your webpage.