How Do I Start?
If you are interested in working with our team to create a web site you will later maintain using our content management system (CMS), your first step is to provide us with some background information about your site, including:
Once compiled, contact Alethea Peña with this information. A meeting may be scheduled for further discussion, as needed.
Please note that we do not begin the design phase until we have received all of your content.
What Happens Next?
Once we have received your content, our first step will be to work with you to determine your design needs. Our preference will be to use one of the design templates we have already prepared. The templates are written using style sheets, so we can make changes to the font type/size, color scheme, and placement of text/imagery fairly quickly to make your site look unique. Please note that this is the only option available for faculty lab and student group sites.
Using a template speeds up the entire design process considerably, which is why we like to start with this option, especially if you need the site to go live quickly. If, however, an original design is warranted, then we can discuss the options with you.
After presenting our designs to you and receiving your feedback, we will make whatever revisions you would like to your preferred design. Once a final design is approved by you, we will begin the process of converting the design to HTML. Once that rendered version is completed and approved, we then add the rest of your content. We then ask you to look over the entire site in detail and make the final approval before going live.
The length of time it takes to go from design to completion varies widely depending on the size and complexity of the site, number of revisions, number of competing jobs, etc. We will give you our best estimate based on the information we have at that time and will keep you abreast of any changes to that schedule should they arise.
The PMACS Design Team operates under an Agile process called Scrum. For more details on how we work, please see our Scrum Practices document.
Please note: some groups within the Perelman School of Medicine receive higher priority, and this may impact the timely completion of your project. We will notify you if we need to make any changes to your project's schedule based on this prioritization.
As part of our site design process, we will automatically set up your site so it can be maintained by you using our content management system. Free training is provided by our office for the sites we designed.
[Please note that, if your site was not designed by our team, or if was designed using outdated coding standards, then it may need to be redesigned significantly to work with our CMS in a manner that we can support.]
Using other web authoring software is not recommended in most cases. If you do choose this option, Adobe Dreamweaver is probably the best choice since there are courses offered on campus for Penn employees. Please be advised, however, that our office does not provide support for Dreamweaver or any other web authoring software except for Contribute or our new CMS.