Welcome new montclair.edu content editors! Hundreds of individuals across the University community contribute to the montclair.edu website. We’re excited to have you join us.
Here’s how to get started editing your website.
All new montclair.edu website content editors are required to complete two types of training. The first is a series of two online, on-demand digital accessibility training courses from our partner, Siteimprove. The two required courses for content editors are:
- WCAG 2.1 New & Improved
- Digital Accessibility for Content Contributors
For more details on individual courses and to request access to this training, email Sharif Akkara.
The second type of training required for all content editors is hands-on training on how to maintain your website on the WordPress platform. During this session, we’ll also introduce you to the montclair.edu Website Framework, a collection of pre-built templates and modules available for you to use within your montclair.edu website.
This one-on-one or small group training is held in-person with a member of the Web Services team and can be scheduled after you complete the two Siteimprove Academy courses listed in Step 1.
At the completion of this training, you will be provided with an introductory guide to using WordPress and Editor access to your website on montclair.edu.
To schedule in-person WordPress training with Web Services, email Matt Pierce.
Congratulations! If you’re on Step 3, you’ve completed your required training and have been granted access to edit your website. To help support your editing needs, Web Services has created a framework for montclair.edu content that is mobile-friendly and accessible for people with disabilities. Here are some links that may be helpful:
- montclair.edu Page Structure. Learn the parts of a montclair.edu web page, including how your site navigation is built, what page sections are editable by you, and what sections are part of the global template.
- montclair.edu Website Framework. The montclair.edu Website Framework is a toolkit provided to content editors across the University to support them in maintaining their websites.
- Frequently Asked Questions. (Coming soon!) Have questions? Check out this list of answers to frequently asked questions covering everything from best practices around page content structure to preparing your images for placement on your website.
As part of your content editor training, you’ve learned a lot about the importance of making website content accessible as well as some best practices to follow when editing your website.
Here are some additional resources that may be helpful.
- HTML Tips and Accessibility – Learn the proper way to structure your page content, links, lists, tables and documents to ensure your content is accessible to site visitors with disabilities.
- Montclair State Digital Accessibility Initiative – This University resource contains tutorials and checklists on creating accessible Word and PDF documents.
- Montclair State University’s Instructional Technology and Design Services (ITDS) division offers free on-campus classes for all faculty, staff and students on Creating Accessible Documents & Instructional Materials. Learn more and register at the ITDS Course Registration website.
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Overview – All montclair.edu websites must follow WCAG 2.0 Levels A/AA guidelines.
- Making charts, graphs and maps accessible – Great resource from Penn State for displaying data.
In addition, it can be helpful to try visiting your website while using screen reader software to ensure that individuals with disabilities who use a screen reader can effectively navigate your website. Both the Web Services and Information Technology departments at Montclair State University have dedicated laptops with JAWS (Job Access With Speech) software installed for content owners to use to get a better sense as to how their website content is experienced by individuals using screen readers. For access to a machine with this software, please email Sharif Akkara or Matt Pierce.