All University of Kansas Medical Center web pages are moving into the new Content Management System (CMS). This is a major undertaking for any office or department. Fortunately, the Office of Communications can help.
First, contact Julie Adam to request that your department be put on the list for transition to the new CMS. We would then like to meet with you to answer any questions you might have about the following steps needed to make the process as smooth and efficient as possible.
Getting a new website takes an investment of faculty and staff time. It's crucial that departmental leaders encourage faculty and staff to actively participate and meet required deadlines.
Choose one person from your department to be in charge for the duration of the website project. Several people within a department can be involved in the process, but we ask that only one be designated as the go-to person. We will likely have many questions and suggestions for how to make your website more user-friendly and easier to navigate. Your point person should be readily accessible to our team from start to finish and empowered with the ability to make decisions about the website.
Go through your entire website and make sure every bit of content is updated. Check:
Most departments will not be ready to move all of their pages over "as is" to the new system. We can help improve the content, design and images on your web page. Like you, we want the world to know how great your department is — but this means making information easy to find, visually appealing and easy to understand.
Websites that don't have good photos are boring. If the photos on your website are outdated, poor quality or non-existent, you will need new photos.
We strongly discourage the use of group photos. Why?
» Photos become outdated quickly as faculty members leave or join the team.
» Group photos are static and uninteresting.
» Unless the photo is captioned, readers have no idea who is in the photo.
All web pages must use the template designed for KUMC, and we cannot vary from that design, which means:
We have posted a tool kit containing best practices for websites, tips for writing for the web, information on photos, images and video and other helpful information. It is posted here.
If you do not have the time or staff to update your website regularly (weekly or monthly), then we would discourage a "news" or coming events page.
You cannot copy photos or graphics from someone else's website without their permission. Photos and graphics must be owned or purchased by your department or KUMC.
Research page: Please let us know if you would like an RSS feed to your research and publications on PubMed.
Check out these KUMC departments that have successfully transitioned to the new format:
A makeover isn't complete without before and after pictures.