Follow these steps to complete the Digital Communications Transformation (DCT) process for your organization.
The Digital Communications Transformation (DCT) strives to take the mystery out of technology, while providing our faculty and staff with easy-to-use tools that better facilitate effective online communication.
Sites in the Collaborative Tier go through all steps in the DCT process in collaboration with the DCT Team.
Sites in the Guided Support Tier go through the steps in the DCT process as designated by their Unit Web Leader (UWL). The UWL in some cases may request a consultation with the DCT Team as appropriate.
Self-Guided Tier sites ago through the steps in the DCT process as designated by their Unit Web Leader.
Websites are strategy-driven projects. Having the right people involved is essential for planning, content development and site building.
If you want a website that really works, it's important that your content supports both your organizational goals and your audiences' needs.
Leverage your Unit Business Strategy as a starting point.
Assess the current state of your website and any other content you may have. What information does it currently contain and what is the quality of the information?
This step can be done in parallel to crafting your Business Strategy.
Design a scalable site organization that supports the needs of both your organization and your audiences in a user-friendly and measureable way.
Rule of thumb:
Gather your planning documents for uploading:
Pick your lauch date
Fill out the Request a Site and Deployment date form to schedule your estimated site launch dates. Be prepared to share our requested launch date, estimated, and number of pages.
Create content that satisfies your business/organizational needs and the needs of your audiences. You may know what you want to tell your audience, but it is equally important to understand the needs of your audience, which may be very different from what you initially envisioned.
And your last step should always be a thorough proofread of your site.
Smart sites start early by identifying who will be in charge of stewarding each area of your site, as well as how often pages, facts and stories should be updated.
The best way to make sure your site stays up to date is to NOT build a site you can not care for.
Once you have created and remediated your content, get training on how to use the UB Content Management System (UBCMS).
Launching your website usually takes three to four weeks, so please plan accordingly.
You are responsible for accessibility testing your site. Make sure you build this time into your process. For expectations see Getting Ready to Launch Your Site and read it carefully.
Once your site is live, it will be added to our Live DCT Websites on the UBCMS Home Page.
The number two reason sites are delayed is that they did not carefully plan and execute the site launch steps