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Web Site Handbook

The Franklin & Marshall College website is currently maintained with the aid of a Content Management System, or CMS. In brief, the CMS enables people with no web coding experience to create and publish web pages on the College website.

Both the style and the navigation of the web pages are handled automatically by the server using a simple, web-based interface for web page editing and pre-designed templates that include automated navigational elements (for example, the header links and the side bar menu system). Essentially the user fills in a few required fields to publish the content of a web page.

We currently use the Apostrophe CMS.

If you have any questions regarding your web site, or the display of any content on any of the F&M web sites, please feel free to contact , Assistant Director of Web Services in ITS or , Director of Web Content in College Communications.

Access to the Apostrophe CMS for Faculty, Professional Staff, or Student Interns/Workers

Access to edit academic department or College office web sites:

Apostrophe is using our Directory Services server for log in. Access to edit a specific site is being granted once training in Apostrophe has been completed. If you would like access to edit an academic department or College office site, please attend one of the ITS Help Clinics and use the RSVP to let us know that you would like training.  Additionally, please contact the Web CI for your department or office, who in most cases, is able to grant your access through Inside F&M.

Access to edit professional or research web sites in the CMS:

Professional and research web sites have been incorporated within the online College Directory.  All faculty and professional staff are automatically provided a web profile and access to edit that profile via an F&M NetID log in to the CMS.  All profiles can be expanded into a web site. Faculty and professional staff are strongly encouraged to attend an ITS Help Clinic for CMS training to learn how to edit and manage your profile and to expand the profile into a web site.

Instructions for updating your online directory profile.

Access for Student Personal sites or Student Clubs and Organizations sites

We do not support personal web sites for students or web sites for student clubs and organizations. 

We will provide a simple, basic, landing page for each student club or organization through our online College Directory Student Clubs & Organizations page.

On the landing page, the student group can then have a link to a site housed elsewhere, be it Facebook, a Google site, Twitter, etc.

This model allows student groups to have web sites which can include any number of pages, photo albums, chat and discussion areas, music, live feeds  - the full gamut of web site possibilities.  These can be simple sites or complex designs all of which incorporate and demonstrate the time, energy, creativity and effort that a club is willing to put into their site.  Most importantly, it allows the student groups themselves to manage and maintain their own access, content, and site administration.  The landing pages within the College Directory provides a consistent look and feel for external audiences such as prospective students and parents, with a link to the actual site.