Web Design Process

Sylvania CC 123 | Web Services Manager: Luis Menchu | webteam@pcc.edu

We’ll work with you to make building your website easy.

This web page is for new website projects and large redesigns. If you already have a website that is in the pcc.edu template and just want to make content updates, please see Website Updates.

"Even though we had our own URL, we found that the number one way students located the Computer Education site was by navigating through pcc.edu."

Carol Squire, Computer Education Director

New Sites

If you are a resource, program or department that either doesn't have a website or currently only has a PCC/WebEasy, Spot or Intranet site, we would like to build a more public pcc.edu website for you using the PCC template. The template is compliant with web and PCC standards making it fast to load, easy to search and accessible to people with disabilities.

Being in the template also means you are a part of the larger pcc.edu website, which is the first place the public will look for your program, resource or department.

Your visitors will have easy access to PCC related resources and information through the global navigation and search provided on every page of the site. For more information on the advantages and cool tools you have access to being in the template, see the Advantages to Being in the PCC Template section below.

Steps to creating a PCC website

Prep. & Planning
Development
  • 4) Kickoff Meeting
  • 5) Content Delivery
  • 6) Framework Review
  • 7) Content Review
  • 8) Approval

Site Launched!

Preparation & Planning

Step 1) Intake Form
Fill out this short intake form and we will contact you to set up a meeting.
Step 2) Scope Project
In order for us to scope your project, we need to discuss the details of your project with you. For many projects it will be helpful if you can provide us a rough outline of your site's content.
Step 3) Scheduling
The Web Team will review the scope of your project. We will also prioritize your project and establish a timeframe. You are involved in this discussion but our planning process often includes consultation with Marketing and Technology Solution Services.

Development

Step 4) Kickoff meeting
A kickoff meeting will be held to officially start the development of your web pages. A primary goal of this meeting is to clearly identify the final product. We will discuss expectations regarding roles, timelines and the development process. We will also work to identify all content sections, art, multimedia requirements, web placement and any other components required of the project.
Step 5) Content Delivery
Send us your content in a digital format (usually MS Word documents). Send us photos including release forms if necessary. We will develop a skeletal framework for the content.
Step 6) Framework Review Meeting
The purpose of this meeting will be to approve the structure of the site. After you approve of the site structure, we will fill in remaining content and take any photos or create any multimedia necessary for the project.
Step 7) Content Review and Final Updates
You review the site for content errors or omissions and resolve any developer notes. Send these final updates to webteam@pcc.edu.
Step 8) Approval to Launch
The Web Team removes all developer notes and corrects all content errors before sending a final draft to you for final approval.
Site Launched!
We can continue to make updates and changes. See Website Updates for more information.

Advantages to Being in the PCC Template

In addition to your site being compliant with web and PCC standards, being fast to load, easy to search and accessible to people with disabilities, you will also have amazing site analytics tools and cool multimedia elements available to implement. Here are the multimedia elements that we can use on the site:

Jobs IconFlash Audio/Talking Head
When you want to share an important message more personally, we have a great tool that is very accessible. It's a still photo with an audio recording. See an example with President Pulliams talking about PCC's commitment to diversity.
Employment IconSlide Show
The slide show tool is a great way to highlight a special event or exhibit your students' work. It doesn't take up much space on the page, but it can exhibit large numbers of photos. An example of the slide show tool is on the Study Abroad website.
BenefitsVideo
As more and more users get cable and DSL connections, video is becoming a more common tool on the web. We have a very accessible video interface that has the ability to provide closed captioning. See an example on the Office for Students with Disabilities website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does our site need to be put into the PCC template?

PCC has elected to develop a website that is cohesive, has a consistent look, and supports the marketing strategies of the college. When a user is on a PCC website, there should be common navigation and elements, and they should have easy access to other PCC resources and programs. A cohesive website will avoid experiences like this:

"I assumed these web pages were outdated since they had a different look than the rest of the PCC website."

Survey respondent

In order to create this cohesion and consistency, the Web Team developed a template and Cascading Style Sheet that enable global elements of the site to be changed easily and efficiently. The template and style sheets strictly adhere to W3C standards (the international standards organization for the World Wide Web). The site is also built using a Style Guide and Development Standards, so styles and usability throughout the site are consistent. Searchability from within the PCC site is also improved within the PCC template.

What if we don't like the PCC template?

Send us your feedback. We will take all feedback into consideration as we continue to update the pcc.edu template and style sheet.

Think about the user. Consistency throughout the pcc.edu website aids our visitors in navigating.

Plus, we offer and continue to develop cool, new features and elements such as slide shows, audio and video players that can only be utilized when your site is within the template.

Photographs also are a great way to customize your web pages, and we are happy to help you obtain photos for your site.

Will my web pages be ready when I need them?

We work together with you to define realistic deadlines. Based on our discussions and other projects, the Web Team will provide an estimated project completion date for your project. We will work hard to meet this schedule. We understand that other priorities appear and at times may require us to re-prioritize projects. Any anticipated delays will be discussed with you.

There may also be times when your workload priorities may take you away from the web project. Realizing that this may impact other Web Team projects we may be forced to lower the priority of or re-schedule a project if deliverables are not received in a timely manner.

Please note: If a project is at the final review stage and we do not receive final approval, the Web Team will publish the new content after sending you a request for approval so that our users benefit from the new content and the effort put into the project does not go to waste.

We bought our own domain name and are designing our own site. Can you link the PCC site to it?
We will not link to PCC affiliated programs that are not within a PCC website. Domains may expire or get hacked and are taken over by a commercial enterprise that you wouldn't want PCC affiliated with. It has happened in the past, so we have developed a strict standard on linking to outside sites. The pcc.edu domain name is also an important branding tool supporting PCC marketing efforts.