Types of Websites Offered

The YCCD Web Hosting Server offers three website configurations to faculty, staff, and offices. These three configurations offer users the opportunity to develop and operate their website using tools that most closely match their skill level and the desired style of the completed site. The three offered website configurations are "Custom Hosted" websites, "Omniupdate OUCampus CMS" websites, or "WordPress Blog" sites. Click the links or scroll down to learn more about each of the website types.

 

Custom Hosted Websites

Inteendd for advanced and power users, the Custom Hosted website option is similar to that offered by many ISP's, or offered on previous YCCD web hosting servers. Custom Hosted website owners are provided with 150Mb of disk space (upgradeable upon request), a folder, and access to their folder location using FTP or WebDAV. Custom Hosted website owners may make use of third party website development tools including Adobe DreamWeaver, Apple iWeb, or Microsoft Expression to create and publish a website with a custom design of their choosing. Website publishers can make use of a wide variety of supported languages and technologies to accomplish their website development goals, and may install third party commercial applications on their websites as well.  This configuration option is suggested only for advanced or experienced website editors who already posess the knowledge needed to create and deploy a website from scratch.

 

OmniUpdate OUCampus CMS

OUCampus ScreenshotUsed by more colleges and universities than any other web CMS, OU Campus provides a simple and fast way for both experienced and non-technical users to maintain a website. Requiring no client-side tools or third party utilities, OUCampus allows faculty and staff to create webpages, update existing web content, and upload files through a simple web browser based interface. The OU Campus option requires only minimal training, and has been widely praised as being one of the "easiest to use" website editing utilities on the market today. The Yosemite Community College District has used OU Campus as our base web editing platform on campus and district since 2004, and has been widely and successfully utilized by hundreds of faculty and staff over the years.

The core reason for the success of the OU Campus platform at YCCD has been its simplicity. When editing an existing webpage, site owners simply log in, click the portion of the page they wish to edit, and type their text changes directly into a simple browser based content editor. If you can use simple word processing tools such as Microsoft Word, then you already have the skills needed to navigate the OU Campus editor. The process of creating new webpages is equally simple. Simply choose a page layout from our pre-configured list, enter a couple of simple informational items, and you're done. No design skills requried!

The OmniUpdate OUCampus CMS configuration option is available to all faculty, staff, and offices, and is recommended for both advanced and introductory users. OUCampus websites also share all editing capabilities and access methods available to Custom Hosted Websites, allowing the development of "hybrid" websites for power-editors.

WordPress Blog

WordPress is a browser based content management system blog publishing application. It has many features including a plugin architecture and a templating system. As specialized content management systems, weblog applications support the authoring, editing, and publishing of blog posts and comments, with special functions for image management, web syndication, and moderation of posts and comments. WordPress is the most popular blog software in use today.

Most blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via widgets on the blogs and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (Art blog), photographs (photoblog), videos (Video blogging), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcasting).  YCCD staff, faculty and offices are encouraged to establish and maintain blogs that support their areas of interest or educational focus. The WordPress blogging platform hosted on this server may be used to syndicate almost any type of content. Web publishers should be aware, however, that blogs are published chronologically as a semi-interactive medium, and are best suited for topics and users who will be publishing updates regularly and on an ongoing basis. Blogs are not well suited for static, informational websites.

Using WordPress is simple, and requires little practice. Blog owners simply log in and click a button to add new content to their site. They are presented with a simple form where the new text is entered, and the changes are instantly published. Site themes and designs are selected from a simple dropdown menu. Blogging requires no web design skill, making it a good solution for both new web editors and skilled veterans.