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Why Templates?

Templates are an integral part of any content management system and they make Web publishing easier by performing several functions at once.

  • They simplify page layout for webspinners who have little or no Web design experience.
  • They address many issues of accessibility, compatibility, and compliance with standards.
  • They provide consistency of appearance and function (“look and feel”) for improved usability.
  • They help build the university’s brand.

What Sites Will Use RedDot and the Templates?

All academic and administrative departments of Texas Woman’s University, as well as any official university program, will be managed in the RedDot content management system, and will therefore appear in the templates. The university templates will NOT be used for the personal pages of students, faculty, or staff.

Template Diagram

The template diagram below illustrates the various parts of the templates and their functions. Department content experts and webspinners will control the content that goes into the following areas of the templates: 3, 4, 5, 7, 8. The other areas of the template (1, 2, 6, and 9) are managed by the TWU Web Team and are not accessible by content experts and webspinners.

Template Diagram

  1. University Branding — The university's wordmark and campus locations clearly identify the site as Texas Woman's University's Web site. Their presence in a consistent location on every page gives visitors a strong sense of place as they visit various places within twu.edu.
  2. Sitewide Navigation and Tools — These links give the site visitor quick access to the TWU home page, the sitemap, the directory, and the Google site search on every page of the site.
  3. Site Navigation — The primary navigation for this department’s Web site. These links point to other pages within the department’s site.
  4. Department Banner — This banner identifies the department to which this site belongs. Ideally, the image chosen for this space would be unique and reflective of the department’s work.
  5. Main Content — The primary content for the page. A department home page should act as an annotated guide to the contents of the department’s site. Headlines with short blocks of text and bulleted lists can be used to help direct visitors to the important items on the site.
  6. Required Elements — Made up of Admissions Quick Links (Apply to TWU, Get Info about TWU, and Visit TWU) and ASK TWU, these elements are required on all academic and academic support sites.
  7. Supplemental Content Column — This column can be used for additional content about the department such as upcoming events, department news, or particular students, faculty, or programs to which the department wants to draw attention.
  8. Department Contact Information — This should include: building and room number of the department office, mailing address, phone and fax numbers, and general email address for contacting the department.
  9. Sitewide Footer — The footer contains a link to a general “contact us” page for the university as well as links required by the State of Texas.

Template Options

Home Page

3-column Home page template
See an HTML version of the Home page.

Back Pages

Back pages (all pages after the home page) can be 3-column, 2-column, or 1-column pages, depending on the content to be published on a given page. Content experts and webspinners can choose from the layouts below for each page on their sites.

3-Column Back page

3-column Back page template
See and HTML version of the 3-Column Back page.

2-Column Back page

2-column Back page template
See an HTML version of the 2-Column Back page.

1-Column Back page

1-column Back page template
See an HTML version of the 1-Column Back page.