Using OmniUpdate to Maintain Your Web Site
With the adoption of OmniUpdate as Mt. San Antonio College Web content management
system, the Technology Resources Group Web Team, IT and the Marketing
Department support department and faculty Web sites that provide
teaching, learning and support resources to our students and others in
OmniUpdate allows you to create a Web page using the power of
pre-designed templates that create consistency across our Mt. San Antonio College
If you would like to create a course-based, password-protected Web site, please contact Distance Learning to request this.
OmniUpdate empowers you — the content owner — to create your content
directly into your Web pages with full permission to publish your work
with the click of a mouse.
The same standards that apply to other materials that instructors
produce for students apply at our Web sites. For example, student
privacy should be protected, materials should be related to our Mt. San Antonio College
teaching assignments, and we must observe copyright laws for both
the written word and images.
Writing for the Web
Writing and formatting content for the Web is different than writing for
print. Most people come to a Web site looking for information. It is
our job to help them scan what we offer on our pages so that they can
get to what they need or move on to the page that will.
That's not to say that some visitors won't read a dense paragraph, but it will help
most readers if we highlight key words and information using short paragraphs and font styles that help to navigate through our page information.
Tips for readable pages
- Short paragraphs
- Scannable key words
- Images help define content
- Current information is key
Maintaining Your Site
It's important to keep your site up to date with current and useful information. Visitors
frustrated if they encounter broken links, near-empty pages, outdated
information and "under construction" notices. One advantages with
OmniUpdate is that you can easily update and edit your
pages by logging in and using the Quick Edit feature found on every page of your site.
Using the Mt. San Antonio College template in OmniUpdate, you'll build and maintain
accessible Web pages for all users. For example, the image insertion
process requires that you include an image description. This is so that
someone who uses a text reading software program can know what an image
is. Also, we've created accessible tables that you can copy and paste
into your Web pages so that you don't have to build them yourself! This
will make it easier for a "reader" to follow the data content in your
table and provide the information as you intended.
So let's get started. Use the information linked on the left navigation
menu to help you work through the steps for creating and maintaining
current and accessible content on your Web site. E-mail the Web Team if something doesn't make sense. We'll do our best to make improvements to the User
Guide modules based on your comments.