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Website Best Practices


To Do in Gato

Here is a brief list of best practices to follow when creating and publishing content on your website:

Inserting a link into text

When inserting a link into text, you may be tempted to state "click here" and only have the words "click here" a link.  For easier use, make the entire sentence or more than just a few words a link for users to click on.  By making more text the link you're making the link more visible and giving users more area to click on.

Linking to a document

Editors are allowed to link to documents in multiple ways, one of which is by using the Rich Editor content type.  Examples of this would be "Click here to download the document."  While this functionality works perfectly well, you may want to consider using the Documents content type.  By using the Documents content type you're providing the user with more information about the document they are about to click on such as the file type and how large it is.

Create a confirmation page for mail form submissions

When your site visitors complete and send a form submission to you, it is best to direct them to a confirmation page once they click submit.  If a confirmation page is not added, the information the user entered into the form disappears.  The user thinks that there was an error and completes and submits the form once more.  The end result is you end up receiving multiple form submissions from the user and the user is unsure if you've received their submission.

Hiding pages from navigation

Hiding pages from navigation hides the page from your site's menus and any site maps you may create.  You may want to consider doing this for form confirmation pages. Users should only see the confirmation page if they have successfully completed and submitted the form.


To Not Do in Gato

There are only a few things that users should not do in their sites.  This short list of site best practices will help you to continue to have a smooth running site.

Do not remove the 404 page

The 404 page is the page users will see if a link that you've added to your site is no longer working.  If you delete the 404 page, users are redirected to your homepage and never told that the link they are trying to visit does not work.  Feel free to edit the text that appears on the 404 page, but do not remove the page entirely.

Do not add spaces, punctuation, uppercase letters in Page column

The text in the Page column for each page within your website becomes part of the URL of the page.  If you add spaces, Gato will turn them into a hyphen (-) and the user must enter a hyphen if they try to visit your page directly.  The same is true for punctuation and uppercase letters. 

Do not modify anything in the page column for  the site's homepage

If information is modified in the page column for the site's homepage, like removing a hyphen or changing the name because your department's name has changed, will remove access for all site editors.  Gato's user permission structure is based off of the information in the page column of your site's homepage.  If it is modified in any way all editors of the site will lose access.  You must contact the ETC Training and Support Team in order to make corrections and restore editor access.  Changes to the page column of your homepage are allowed, but only by the ETC Training and Support team.