Support for APS DDP Course (RTP 6020) - November 2011
This short course is intended to demonstrate to you how to design and construct a small academic website. Because I have limited space in my office, I will work with you in small groups of two or three students per session. As your website will be specific to you and to your topic of interest, I will try to give you general guidance that will ensure that your website will run successfully on the University Web Server.
Link to Dr Phil Warren's General Website Information
It is essential that you build your website using software that is compatible with the existing APS website structure and also with the University C-Panel web server.
There are two main web servers currently in use in the University:
The CMS Web Server - This is an acronym for 'Content Management System'. This web server is used for the main University website and for main Departmental websites - including the APS website.
The C-Panel Web Server - This web server is used for specific interest groups, for example, specific research groups and some personal academic and student websites. On completion your web site will be uploaded to the C-Panel web server
For the purpose of the APS Module 6020 you are required to construct a small website of three to six pages of information, using a simple site navigation system to link each subject area. The individual pages should be both visually attractive, and easy to read and print. Your website should include:
• brief biographical details
• a description of your project
• who you are supervised and funded by
• links to other web sites.
You should include a photograph of yourself
and other images, e.g. of your study organism. The scientific content
of your website will be determined by you and your supervisor. However
it is anticipated that the design of the site will change and develop
during the course of your 3 years at Sheffield.
Glyn Woods is responsible for maintaining and construction of the departmental websites. He maintains a library of graphics, photographic images, the University crest and logo, etc should you wish to use them. Glyn will also upload your web page on to the University C-Panel Server for you once you are happy with its content.
There are numerous web site design and construction programs available commercially. Very few of them are particularly easy to use or well suited to the construction of small academic and scientific web sites. For these reasons I strongly recommend that you construct your web site using the 'Kompozer' Software Program. This software has many advantages,
This software is reasonably easy to use, there are versions for the Apple Mac, PC or Linux platform, and is very compatible with the University Web Servers. The program is now available on computers within the University Managed Network, on the computers in room D 211 or, if you wish to install it on your own personal computer, it may be downloaded (without charge) from this link KompoZer Download. The software is open source, which means that it is being continuously developed by the community that use it. KompoZer has a good help file accessed from the Help menu. KompoZer is a development of the Nvu program and is almost identical to Nvu. You can download and print the Nvu Guide here: Download the Nvu Guide (Adobe Acrobat .pdf file)
Please note that this file is 46 A4 pages and is 1.8Mb in size. The file may take about a minute or more to download. You need to save the file to your hard disk to be able to access it more quickly. Alternatively, you may wish to print the file and bind the printed pages in some way for ease of reference.
Adobe Dreamweaver is also compatible with the University web servers but is considerably more demanding to use than Kompozer.
Please do not use Microsoft Front Page, this program is not very compatible with the University Web Servers. Front Page inserts many non standard elements into the html code that it creates.