These instructions assume a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS. If you are familiar with web standards and CSS-driven layout, you will probably find the templates intuitive to use. Otherwise, please be patient, and resist the urge to use layout tables, spacer graphics, or font tags.
Once you've used the Template Selector and have your template in your web directory, follow these steps to set up your template:
Fill in the title of the page between the HTML title tags. Make sure the title of your page fully describes your page, is short, to the point, and able to stand alone when listed in a Google search, for example.
Tip: Don't start your title with "K-State" or "Kansas State University". Your pages will look like they all have the same title. Note that when a browser window is minimized, you can only see part of the title. The same thing happens when you bookmark a site.
Right: History department at K-State
Not: Kansas State University History Department
Fill in the "description" and "keywords" meta tags. The description should be one sentence that describes your site. Don't just repeat the title, but make reference to content on the page.
The keywords should be the list of keywords for the site, as well as synonyms of topics on your page. This list should not include K-State, Kansas State University, wildcat, or other generic phrases. Those keywords are reserved for the homepage. If every page has the same keywords, it reduces the effectiveness of those words over the whole site.
The current keyword standard is to use semicolons between keywords. Example:
Check your unit/department title in the header. Your unit/department name should be the title in the upper left corner of the purple header. The header should remain consistent throughout your website.
To change it, change the title element in the ksustd include in your template. Example:
<!--#ksustd element="tbar" unit="infotech" title="Information technology" format="2006"-->
Update the contact information. If you're using the two- or three-column template, change the text between the
<address> tags to show your unit's contacts. The university's standard address style is modeled in the template:
Kansas State University
If you're using the separate left navigation sidebar, update the contact information by editing the sidebar.html file in the includes directory.
Add the navigation. Add your site's navigation structure to the template.
Using the left navigation. The recommended method is to use left navigation with a separate sidebar file. For more information, see Left sidebar navigation.
Secondary or page-specific navigation. For secondary or page-specific navigation there are several options:
Whichever option you choose, be sure to be consistent throughout the website. Once users understand where to find information on your pages, they will expect to find it in the same place on every page.
Using tab navigation. Tab navigation is only recommended for sites with specific navigation criteria. Sites with seven or fewer navigation links that use short titles, one- to two-word phrases, might consider using tab navigation. If your navigation links are longer or you think you might want to add more navigation links in the future, it's best to stick with left navigation, which has more flexibility.
<br />tag. Each tab can be a maximum of two lines
<h3 class="beginContent">First heading</h3>
<h3>, <h4>, <h5>, and
<h6>for your headings 1-4,
<p> </p>around paragraphs, and
<ol>for lists. For more information about using the K-State stylesheet and adding your own CSS, see Advanced features.
If you are converting an existing page to the 2006 template style, follow the directions above, then copy and paste your old content into the new template. Start out by copying just the content without additional style from the previous version. Then add style as necessary for your display. For more information about adding your own stylesheet, see Advanced features.