For faculty and staff
MU Extension website support
Policies and guidelines
- Web publishing policies
- Acceptable use policy
- Linking to external websites
- Affiliate website requirements
- Editorial style and usage guide
- County Web page guidelines
County council election ballot system
Documentation for using the system is linked on the main screen of the system.
Content you provide
- Options for posting candidate bios
- Example district descriptions and boundaries
- Example ballot narratives
County and regional office sites
Training must be completed before you will be given authoring access to the county website.
In 2010-11 we conducted WebTool training sessions for each region via Adobe Connect. We currently schedule training sessions for groups or individuals as requested.
You are welcome to watch and learn from the recordings and accompanying documentation. If you watch them completely, we will be glad to give you ISE credit as if you had attended an Adobe Connect session. Please e-mail Kate Akers and Karissa Scott after watching the recordings and we will log your credit and set up your authoring access.
- Session 1: Goals, strategies and guidelines
Reference: County Web page guidelines
Reference: Editorial style and usage guide
Handout: Planning your new county Web pages (PDF)
Reference: Toolbar functions in WebTool editor, CKEditor
- Session 2: Using WebTool for county website
Video recording of Adobe Connect session: Part 1 (1 hr. 22 mins.) and Part 2 (56 mins.)
Handout: WebTool content management system for website authoring (PDF) (updated 11/14/11)
Use the file manager in WebTool to upload documents such as PDF newlsetters, registration forms, etc. This short tutorial video will give you a refresher on using WebTool when ever you need it. (Note that it is also linked on the Document manager screen in WebTool)
Video: Using the file manager in WebTool (WMV) (8 minutes)
Instructions for posting annual reports and plans of work to the county website
Video: How to post your annual report to the county website (WMV) (4 minutes)
This feature is designed for faculty who serve multiple counties. You can create a page of content in one county site and share it to the others you serve, so you only have to maintain the page in one place.
Detailed instructions for sharing pages
Working with images
Computers provided by ETCS come with Paint.NET and GIMP image editing software pre-installed. Paint.NET is the easier tool to use.
- Using photos on MU
Extension Web pages (DOC)
Includes instructions for cropping and resizing images using Paint.NET.
- Using Paint.NET software
Tutorials published by users (Forum format, go to Beginner Tutorials to get started)
- Using GIMP software
Gimp Tips Part 1: Resizing Images
"Resources" are the short features that appear on category pages in tabs with the calendar. Counties can use these to promote programming that is not otherwise on the calendar. For example, promote 4-H enrollment, newsletters, seasonal articles and other programmatic content that you think visitors would like.
Instructions for adding local resources to statewide category pages
County and regional websites display the calendar of local events on the right side of the pages. These events are managed in WebApps. Faculty can schedule their own events, or county secretaries can create events and add faculty members as "team members." It's important to make sure calendar events contain complete information visitors need, and that they are well written and do not use acronyms.
Check your calendar events for Web display
Personal professional profiles
All MU Extension employees are listed in the faculty and staff directory. When you click your name, you will see your basic information. You can add additional information about your professional expertise and educational background. You can also add links to relevant programmatic pages.
Instructions for editing your directory information (PDF)
FrontPage, SharePoint Designer or Expression users
These tools are being phased out in favor of the content management system. This information will remain as long as there are any sites that still require these tools.
Using MS FrontPage
SharePoint and Expression users will find these instructions useful, as the procedures are almost identical in the newer applications.
- How to log in to your website through FrontPage
- FrontPage overview and reference for extension Web editors (DOC)
- How to insert images into Web pages
- Pasting content from other types of documents
- Managing broken links
- Removing unused files