Web Section Navigation (Column 1)

Image with arrow pointing to section navigation in column 1.What we commonly refer to as a website at WMU (president's office website) is actually a section within a website, Western Michigan University. The distinction is important, especially in the context of an enterprise content management system.

Column one is used for links to pages within the section, and only to pages within the section. The section navigation should be replicated on every page in the section, so that visitors to the section can navigate to any part of the section from any page in the section.

Column one should contain no more than 12 text links and no images. Each link may have up to 12 sub-links. Each section is allowed a maximum of three levels (link, sub-link, sub-sub-link).

At the top of the column is the name of the section, which should match the H1 head in column two on the section's home page. The name of the section links to the section's home page.

The following applies to all sections representing offices and departments of the University.

  • All links use title case (cap all key words).
  • Do not use ampersands (&), and do not use ALL CAPS.
  • Two links—Name of Section (home) and Contact Us—are required. Name of Section is always the top (first) link in the column. Contact Us is always last (the bottom link). Directory, if used, should be next to last link, above Contact Us. All other links should be listed alphabetically below Name of Section.

Required links for academic departments
Name of Section
Contact Us

Standard links

Listed are common links for WMU Web sections. The list indicates the name of the link, where the link should be placed, and a recommended URL. No office or department is expected to include all of the information implied by the links, but if, as an example, a mission statement is included, the name of the link should be "Mission," and it should be under "About."

Name of Section (required on all pages) links to the home page of the unit site

About (required for academic units) </about/> is a description of the office, department and/or academic discipline.

--Accreditation </about/accreditation>
--Affiliations </about/affiliation>
--Committees </about/committee>
--Facilities </about/facility>
--Fast Facts </about/facts>
--History </about/history>
--Leadership </about/leaders>
--Mission </about/mission>
--Mission and Goals </about/mission>
--Mission and Vision </about/mission>
--Points of Pride </about/pride>
--Publications </about/publications>

Academics (required for academic units) </academics/> (contains program information or links to programs—undergraduate majors and minors, graduate programs—if there is more than one)

--Advising (required for academic units) </academics/advising/>
(preferably online) </academics/advising/appointments>
----General Information </academics/advising/info>
----Office Hours </academics/advising/hours>
----Staff </academics/advising/staff>
--Centers and Institutes
(related to the unit) </academics/centers>
--Departments (college pages only) </academics/departments>
--Apply (only if program specific) </academics/apply>
--Course Schedule </academics/schedule>
--Course Descriptions </academics/courses>
--Independent Study </academics/independent>
--Interdisciplinary Study </academics/interdisciplinary>
--Internships </academics/internship>
--Study Abroad </academics/abroad>

Advising (may be included under academics, required for academic units) </advising/>

--Appointments (preferably online) </advising/appointments>
--Office Hours </advising/hours>
--General Information </advising/info>
--Staff </advising/staff>

Alumni (unit specific alumni chapter or services) </alumni/>

Career Center (unit specific) </career/>
Also career guidance, career counseling

Certification (certification for students, graduates) </certification/>

Clinics (may be separate link or included under facilities) </clinics/>

Computer Labs (may be included under facilities, computing resources or technology resources) </labs/>

Computing Resources (may include Computer Labs and other computing services and resources) </computing/>

Ensembles (School of Music only) </ensembles/>

Events (unit specific events) </events/>

Exhibitions (may be included under events) </exhibits/>

Facilities (may be separate link or included under about) </facilities/>
May include auditoriums, buildings, clinics, galleries, labs, libraries, lecture halls, lounges, pilot plants, studios, and major equipment.

Galleries (may be included under facilities) </gallery/>

Giving (unit specific gift opportunities) </giving/>

Hours (required for campus services) </hours/>

Internships (may be included under academics) </internship/>

Research (unit-specific research, research facilities) </research/>

Resources (unit-specific resources) </resources/>

Scholarships </scholarships/> (strongly recommended for academic units with scholarships and awards specific to that unit.)

Services (unit-specific services) </services/>

Student Organizations </groups/>
(directly related associations, clubs, honor societies)

Technology Resources (if all technology resources are related to computers, use computing resources) </technology/>

Directory (required on all department and office pages) </directory/> Faculty and staff directory (standard format)

Contact Us (required on all pages) </contact/> (complete contact information, location and contact form in standard format)

Specify custom URLs for every page (in WMU CMS)

Generally speaking, you will want to enter a custom URL for every page in the site, except the home page—even if the system-generated URL is the same as what you would assign in the Unique URL field. This is to protect you in the event that the page title is changed. If, at any point in the future, the page title is changed, and you haven't assigned a custom URL, your URL will automatically change to reflect the new page title, and you'll be left with 404s throughout your section.

You should never enter a custom URL on the section home page.