Creating a Web Page at FDU

Faculty and Staff PROfile Pages

FDU employees are encouraged to create and maintain a PROfile page (see example). A PROfile page is a convenient way of providing additional information for visitors to the website. PROfile pages also serve as a speakers' bureau and searchable database of experts. Representatives of the press, government, and other organizations seeking expert commentary or analysis on any topic can use the search engine at http://www.fdu.edu/newspubs/sresource.html to search for experts at FDU on the topic.

To create a new PROfile page, visit http://inside.fdu.edu/pt2/createprofilepage.html . To update an existing PROfile page, use the online directory to look yourself up, click on [PROfile], and then click on the tiny toaster image at the bottom of your PROfile page.

Personal Pages using Pagetoaster

The FDU Pagetoaster automates the creation of a web page. On the faculty, staff and alumni web page listings, the majority of the pages listed were created with Pagetoaster. A good-looking page can be created in as little as 10 minutes, but the page's format is limited. The author of each page can select 

  • four images from a gallery of images 
  • three or more links, to web locations the author wants his or her visitors to be able to click to 
  • two blocks of content of unlimited length: a main section and a colored sidebar of highlight or reference information 

Rather than forcing you to learn the complexities of HTML, FTP, and directory structures; or settle for a simple, less functional page, Pagetoaster captures your content by allowing you to fill out a form. To build a Pagetoaster page, you must have an email address. It need not be at FDU: an id at AOL, your local ISP, or another educational institution will work. Your email id must then be included in the database of email addresses that Pagetoaster is ready for. Email addresses in the current phonelist on line are already in the database. If Pagetoaster does not accept your email address, contact FDU Webmaster. If you represent a student organization, contact the Dean of Students office on your campus.

Every page created in Pagetoaster or Pagetoaster 2 has a link at the bottom of the page: How'd they do that. Click that link to see the form and codes that the page's author used to create the page you see.

Special Purpose Pages Using Pagetoaster 2

Pagetoaster 2 addresses limitations mentioned by advanced users of Pagetoaster, and also avoids some technical limitations of CMS. It permits use of a variety of page layouts, rather than the single fixed layout of Pagetoaster, and it uses HTML as its feature coding, rather than the idiosyncratic ampersand codes of Pagetoaster. As a result, page content can be authored in MS Word, Saved As HTML, and then copied and pasted into Pagetoaster 2.

The pages of the Inside FDU newsletter and the motorcycle education page are examples of Pagetoaster 2 pages.

Individuals are added to the Pagetoaster 2 authors list on request: contact webmaster@fdu.edu. Pages created in Pagetoaster can be converted to Pagetoaster 2 on request. Schedule permitting, new Pagetoaster 2 layouts can be created by Director of Web Operations William Kennedy, the creator of Pagetoaster and Pagetoaster 2.

Personal Pages on alpha.fdu.edu

Individuals who are members of the FDU community --: students, faculty, staff, alumni -- all have the privilege of having their web pages hosted on university computer systems at no charge. Currently alpha.fdu.edu is the computer assigned this role. Although this gives the greatest flexibility in design of your pages, it requires the greatest investment of your time and talent. You must master at least one web page authoring software tool, as well as a file transfer software tool to upload your newly-created pages to the alpha server. Telnet software is also required, once during site setup, and again each time your alpha password needs to be updated.

www.fdu.edu

The FDU website is a team effort. Using a powerful Content Management System (CMS), individuals in offices and departments are able to create and maintain the pages that represent those offices and departments. For information about individuals assigned this responsibility in your area, or to change those assignments, please contact the Web Operations Office at webmaster@fdu.edu . For information about the Content Management System and its features, see the CMS Team User Guide.