Below is a list of general web services. Further detail about each service is listed below the initial list.

For all Howard entities, we offer:

  • General web consultation and advising on matters such as vendor support, web solution options, etc.
  • Pre-launch site review for functionality and branding guideline compliance (note: all newly launched sites must meet these guidelines to be assigned a Howard subdomain)
  • Howard subdomain approval
  • Content management access
  • URL redirects
  • University photo and logo files access

For Drupal web sites that are hosted in the Web Services Hosting environment, we offer:

  • Back end code updates
  • Content management access and training
  • Analytics report access
  • Free hosting and SSL support
  • Security Audits
  • Connection to Howard content feeds (such as calendar events, people profiles (coming soon), or newsroom articles)

 

General Web Consulting

While the Web Services team offers general web consultation and advising for all Howard entities.  Advisory matters can include hosting, vendor support for web development, as well as general web advice.

A Note About 3rd Party Vendor Support

Preferred vendor partners: The Web Services Team maintains a list of preferred partner vendors that are familiar with the Web Services' style and general web requirements.  Vendors that have worked with the University in the past might more easily be able to take advantage of existing university web assets, which could reduce some of the site development time and cost that other vendors would require.  If you make a request to receive assistance obtaining vendor estimates, you will be connected with one of our partner vendors that can provide a prospective website's development time and cost estimate, which is based on your specific needs and amount of content.  Please note that until a thorough inquiry into your office/department's site needs is conducted, an accurate estimate cannot be provided. 

Other 3rd Party Vendors: While we recommend using a preferred vendor partner, Howard entities may also solicit the support of other vendors. However, the the site they build must meet the Web Services'style and general web requirements.  Also, if you choose this path, we highly recommend that you read our 3rd party vendor recommendations.

 

Pre-launch site review

If you have already begun to develop your site and want to be sure that it meets the University's Webs Guidelines, you can make a request for us to review. Please note that you will not be allowed to launch a new Howard website under a Howard subdomain name without our team's approvalA site review can take up to 7-10 business days to complete after a request is received, so please make the request early enough to meet your timeline.  Extra time should be considered because it might take the developing party time to implement the changes requested as a result of the site review.

 

Howard subdomain approval

Upon request and approval, we can create a Howard subdomain for your site.  As noted above in the "pre-launch site review" section, subdomain use will be accorded to sites that pass a pre-launch site review, which asesses a site's compliance with the University's Web Guidelines.  Additionally, a security audit conducted by Howard's Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) must be passed.  A security audit evaluates a site's code, as well as the hosting server for security compliance.

Note: A Howard subdomain is a website address that makes a site easily identifiable as officially part of Howard University. It uses the pattern "NameOfSite.howard.edu".  Existing examples include studentaffairs.howard.edu, and webservices.howard.edu.

 

Content Management Access

If you would like to be able to perform content updates to your site, you can request to be given access.  This may or may not be possible based on several factors: the hosting environment of a particular site and whether the Web Services team has access to that environment, the skill set of the person for which you are requesting access, and the website platform being used.  Approval from the leadership of a requestee's office or department is required.

 

URL Redirects

If deemed necessary, we can configure a Howard URL to point to another Howard URL or external site.  If you are in need of an easily identifable and memorable URL, or have migrated web content from one webpage to another, it might be a good reason to create a redirect from the old URL to the new location so that the new location is easily found.  Redirects also help remove old webpages from search engine results, and help search engines discover the new pages that you have created.

 

University Photo and Logo File Access

Upon request from a Howard department or office, Howard logo files, as well as access to Howard University photos for use on a Howard website, can be provided.  To request photos/images, please contact the Office of Communication at ouc@howard.edu. Note: We cannot format your photos to meet specific size or resolution requirements; this must be done from within the requesting office.

 

Back End Code Updates

For Drupal sites hosted within the Web Services hosting environment, the team maintains back-end security and functional code updates to ensure the site's is secure and functions as expected.

Note: This service is only available to Howard Drupal web sites that are hosted in the Web Services Hosting environment

 

Content Management Access & Training

For Drupal sites hosted within the Web Services hosting environment, the team can give access and training for content management for representatives of a site's owning office/department.

Note: This service is only available to Howard Drupal web sites that are hosted in the Web Services Hosting environment

 

Analytics Report Access

We maintain analytics for some of the sites that we host, and can provide analytics report access upon request from a site's owning office/department.

Note: This service is only available to Howard Drupal web sites that are hosted in the Web Services Hosting environment

 

Connection to Howard content feeds (such as Calendar events, People Profiles (coming soon), or Newsroom articles)

We can configure content "feeds" or lists of select content from one of our enterprise sites to appear within a office/department's website.  For example, if a website's office would like to host a page within their site that displays listings of their office's events, we can create a calendar that pulls just that particualr office/department's events from the main university calendar.  An example of this is the Graduate School's calendar page, the events of which also exist within the main university calendar.

Note: This service is only available to Howard Drupal web sites that are hosted in the Web Services Hosting environment