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Web Services Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to Web Services' most commonly asked questions.

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How do I create a website for my department, program or student club?

Web Services will work with the designated Web Content Contributor for your area to create a new TMCC website or additional Web pages. Please read through the TMCC Web Publishing Procedures for a complete description of the process. If you still have questions, please contact us.

How is a new Web project request initiated?

To initiate a Web project request, please complete the online form by the same name. What to expect after a Web project request has been submitted is outlined on the confirmation page received after submitting the form.

How do I include my department website in the site-wide search?

Every administrative Web page residing on the TMCC Web server (www.tmcc.edu) is automatically indexed in the search engine.

Because faculty Web pages are located on the classes Web server or on Google Sites, you will need to fill out the Link My Web Page to have your URL linked from the Faculty Web Page Directory.

How do I transfer and/or share ownership of my department or program's website?

If you are a Web Content Contributor for your departmental website (whether it is for administrative, student club/organization or program purposes), please contact Web Services with the following information:

  1. What TMCC website is to be transferred and what Web content responsibilities.
  2. The name of the individual who will assume new Web content responsibilities will be affected.
  3. The name of your area's dean, director or chair.
  4. The date of when the transfer of responsibilities should be in effect.

May I put a hit counter on my department's Web page?

TMCC does not place hit counters on its Web pages.

Web Services does make Google Analytics traffic information reports available to department heads and designated web content providers. Please contact us for more information.

What is my URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or link?

For TMCC's Web pages, the name of the subfolder on the Web server is part of the URL to your pages. For example, if the Math department Web pages are in a sub-folder called "math" on the server, the URL to the page would be /math/. So the full URI would be: http://www.tmcc.edu/math/.

For faculty Web pages created via Google Sites, the URI convention is typically: https://sites.google.com/a/tmcc.edu/jsmith/ (assuming this is for John Smith)

For faculty Web pages on the classes Web server, the URI would be: http://classes.tmcc.edu/jsmith/. Always make sure your faculty home page is named "index.html".

What is the difference between a PDF document and PDF form?

  • PDF Document: A file that does not require data input or a signature by a person. Often, "documents" are considered informative files.
  • PDF Form: A file that does require data input or a signature by a person.

Note: The definitions for a document and form are used as references for grouping such content on the TMCC website (www.tmcc.edu). For example, all departmental website documents and forms pages use this definition to separate or filter the two different files for easy of access by Web visitors. Example: See the College's main, documents and forms database.

Where do I go to find a specific TMCC Web page?

Who should I contact if I find a broken link?

You should first try to contact the department that maintains the page that contains the broken link. If that information is unknown or not obvious, please contact Web Services.

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How do I access my faculty website?

Faculty websites created with Google Sites can be accessed quickly and easily via your TMCC Google (GMail) account.

Otherwise, your faculty website would be accessed via FTP. For further instructions, see Using FTP Client to Publish Web pages and TMCC Web Publishing Procedures.

Are there guidelines outlining what I am allowed to put on my faculty website?

Please familiarize yourself with TMCC's Web publishing procedures.

How are faculty websites maintained and updated?

All faculty websites are maintained and updated by the faculty members themselves. Templates and instructions are available to make the process extremely easy. For more information, please contact us.

All TMCC administrative Web pages are coded/created by TMCC's Web Services, and content is maintained by the department's Web Content Contributor. View TMCC's Web publishing procedures.

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How can I create a student website?

All TMCC students have access to free online website building tools, such as those provided though Google Sites.

Google Sites is the easiest way to make information accessible to people who need quick, up-to-date access. Users can work together on a site to add file attachments, information from other Google applications (like Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube and Picasa), and other content.  The Google Sites application is accessible from any internet connected computer.

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Can I use Google Sites for my department's website?

No. All TMCC department Web pages must follow the administrative Web publishing procedures. If you need to set up a new department/program/club website, please contact Web Services.

Note: For student organization Web pages, see the Web publishing procedures.

My office wants to create new PDF documents and forms using the TMCC templates. How do we begin?

First, decide whether or not the information you want to publish could instead be included as content on your department's web pages or, if it's a form, consider whether it could be an online html form instead of a fillable PDF form. Web Services can assist you with any questions you may have.

If you decide to publish a PDF document:

  • Step 1: Contact your department's designated Web content provider and ask him/her to brief you on the procedures for creating a document or form using the templates and how to publish to the website. If you do not have a Web content provider, consult with your dean/director to select one for your department.
  • Step 2: If you are the Web content provider, consider signing up (through Professional Development) for a Web Services training on creating documents and forms for the Web.
  • Step 3: Download the document or form template that suit your needs.
  • Step 4: Add your content to the document or form template.
  • Step 5: Once you are satisfied with your document or form you can either send it to Web Services to complete the PDF optimization or you can convert it to PDF following the Web publishing procedures.

If you have any questions please contact Web Services.

What are the benefits of using the TMCC template for online Word/PDF files?

Use of the TMCC templates establish a consistent "look-and-feel" for all downloadable documents and forms from the various academic and administrative departments within TMCC.

The template includes an official EEO statement and TMCC logo, the official department name, and certain other standard variables. TMCC requires use of the approved, standardized Microsoft Word/PDF template for any documents and forms that will be posted online to the TMCC website.