Web Development


Q: What services are available for research websites?
A: The College has instituted a process to evaluate requests for supporting research websites. Initially, the L&S Web Development team will meet with the sponsoring faculty member(s) to determine the "requirements" for the development and long-term maintenance of the website.

Afterward, the Web Development team will prepare a one-page document containing the scope of the project and the roles of the faculty and staff involved, along with a cost estimate based on the time and resources needed to develop the website. This document will then be reviewed by the appropriate Associate Dean, who must approve the project before production can begin.

The request to prepare a requirements document should be made at the earliest stages of project planning. If appropriate, the Associate Dean may ask the researcher to incorporate the cost of website creation into their grant request.

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Q: Where can I learn more about the CMS (Content Management System)?
A: The content management system is a new University-wide service that provides a software framework for database-driven websites that are easy to update, manage, and control, even for non-technical users.

The UITS web team maintains a site that explains the new CSM system and tracks the progress of its rollout. You can learn about the rollout at the CMS Info Page, or read about how to prepare for using the CMS and more about the benefits of the new system at the CMS FAQ Page.

UITS also offers CMS short courses; to check the schedule for the next training course, please visit the UITS Short Courses Calendar. If you'd prefer to learn on your own time, documentation for a variety of CMS tasks is also available on the UITS Training Resources page.

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Q: How do I log into the CMS?
A: You can log into the CMS through any existing CMS page. Just add "/login.cfm" at the end of the URL for a school or departments. For example, if you wanted to log in to the business school site, you would navigate to http://www4.uwm.edu/business/login.cfm and enter your ePantherID and password.

You will, of course, need to have access to the CMS and the page you are trying to edit before you can log in. If you need access to the CMS or a specific subpage, contact your department's administration.

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Q: How can I create a UWM-hosted personal or professional website?
A: With the decommissioning of UWM’s alpha servers, UITS has devised a method of using your PantherFile space to host personal websites. To view the documentation, please visit the UITS Personal Web Space page.

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Q: What technologies are available for application development?
A: Currently the UWM web servers support Coldfusion MX7.

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Q: Whom do I contact to migrate or redesign my existing UWM website?
A: If your department, program, or center wishes to migrate to the Content Management System or if you would like a "redesign" of you current website, please fill out the Request Web Development Support form on our website.

If you would like to talk about what is involved in redesigning a website or migrating to the CMS, please contact Homer Hruby at thhruby@uwm.edu or 229-6883.

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Q: How can I receive assistance with creating a conference or event website?
A: Please fill out the Request Web Development Support form on our website. The L&S Web Development team will initially schedule a short meeting to determine the requirements for developing the website. A short one-page requirements document will then be prepared on the scope of the website and the roles of the individuals involved in its production.

For simple conference websites, there will be no charge for development and maintenance. If credit card processing is integrated into the conference website, there may be a charge for developing the technology needed to support credit card processing.

Please allow at least six months to schedule and plan your event website. If you wish to talk about your conference before making a formal request, please contact Homer Hruby at thhruby@uwm.edu or 229-6883.

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Q: What graphic design services do you offer?
A: Requests for graphic design assistance are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Diane Pfister-Drews at pfister@uwm.edu.

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