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Web Communications

Web Communications Resources

These web resources will help you:

  • Align user needs and the look and feel of your website with the best practices of UC Davis as a whole
  • Tell the UC Davis story
  • Respond to your users’ priorities
  • Develop a mobile-first approach

Where to start

Start with our best practices below, and then check out SiteFarm, the recommended content management system (CMS) for UC Davis. Using the campus CMS is an effective way to match your unit's website to the UC Davis brand, and it gives your visitors a valuable frame of reference. It is built with mobile-responsive designs and adheres to accessibility standards. Hosting is complementary of IET, and your site won’t be left behind as campus standards evolve.

Web communications priorities

Follow Web Policy

Campus policy 310-70 states you must include basic content, including the UC Davis logo, contact information and Regents copyright, on departmental and official websites. The policy also contains technical requirements.

Example policy requirements

Use the wordmark correctly

The UC Davis wordmark should be wrapped in a link to the university home page.

Don’t leave out contact information

  • You can link “Questions or comments?” to your own contact form or person if desired.
  • “Sitemap” should link to the sitemap for the specific site on which the contact information is located.
  • The phone number should be replaced with the desired contact of the organization.
  • For more information, please refer to the website standards for contact information and copyright notice in UC Davis Policy 310 -70.

Other Technical topics

Make it fast

It is worth the effort to optimize the performance of your sites, because even seemingly insignificant delays in page loading (e.g., a couple of seconds) lead to fewer page views, and page loading speed is a ranking factor for Google. If you are using SiteFarm, only the first two suggestions need concern you. If not, you will probably need to rely on your technical staff for implementation.

  • Optimize imagery for likely display size and keep file sizes small.
  • Be thoughtful of the performance cost that rich media could take on your landing page or website (especially videos hosted locally and not on robust services such as YouTube and Vimeo).
  • Pick one JavaScript library/framework when possible. Modern JS frameworks are very full-featured, and it shouldn’t be necessary to rely on more than one.
  • Load images and other assets needed to display the top, visible part of pages first, and lazy-load downpage assets as much as possible.
  • If using a CMS such as WordPress or Drupal, use caching to speed delivery of previously requested assets.
  • Minify code whenever possible. This means removing code comments, line breaks and unnecessary spaces. Servers and/or CMS can be configured to do this automatically.
  • Load CSS in the Head section and JavaScript at the end of the body section of the HTML document.

Make it secure

  • Deliver your sites with HTTPS.
  • Use SiteFarm to reduce security vulnerabilities.
  • If you are managing your own website, ensure that your server and CMS are patched and maintained with proper security measures and firewalls.

More help

Need more help with your digital media? Redesigning your website? Questions about information architecture or SEO? You have options:

The campus calendar

This is also the place to learn how the campus calendar service can help you manage and promote your department events, register event guests and track important dates and deadlines.