Publishing on the UMass Website

Who can publish?

All schools, departments, programs, centers, and organizations (other than student groups) are encouraged to publish and share information on the UMass Website. Brochures, catalogs, handbooks, and other types of publications and handouts are all good candidates for web publication.

How do I set up my own entity webspace?

  1. Read the UMass World-Wide Web Guidelines
  2. Complete the 'Web Entity Information' Online Form. UMass Medical School Network Authorization Required We will not be able to set up a web account until this form is filled out and submitted to us.
  3. After your account is created we will send you instructions on how to publish your html files to our web server.
  4. Learn how to create and edit web pages by:
    1. Borrowing the source code - view and save the source code with your browser and make adjustments to it. If you are borrowing the informational content make sure to get permission from the author first.
    2. Use an HTML converter such MS Word to translate the document into a web viewable document.
    3. Learn HTML. Read on to find out more.

How do I set up an entity/department group email address?

Send an email to the Help Desk.

After my entity/department group email address is setup, how do I mount it?

Click here for instructions.

Can I get some help building my web pages?

Yes, we do offer consultation and advice to help you build and maintain your website. To set up an appointment just send an email to the Help Desk.

What is Adobe Acrobat and PDF? Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

Portable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for electronic distribution of documents because it's the best way to keep the look and feel you created intact. PDF files are compact, cross platform and can be viewed by anyone with a free Acrobat Reader. And you can create PDF files from any application using Adobe Acrobat - even directly from paper with a scanning device! In addition:

Acrobat lets you do much more than just view. Distribute your document by e-mail, and your colleagues can efficiently share comments, make edits, and give approvals directly on your PDF file using Acrobat. Key reviewers can even sign off with secure digital signature capabilities.

Convert documents to PDF: it's fast and easy. Within Microsoft Office choose 'Create Adobe PDF'. Anyone anywhere can open your document with Acrobat Reader. The results looks just like the original.

Quickly publish the PDF files you create and enhance in any medium - print, the Web, e-mail, your network server, CD-ROM. No matter what applications, fonts, or systems they have installed, recipients will experience your documents just as you created them.

To find out more about this and other helper applications/plugins click here.

How can I learn more about Web Development and the Internet?

A good place to start is the WEB itself. There are many sites that are devoted to online tutorials. For example, the following two links are not bad:

Also, some great books are available on the subject itself, such as: very basic, extremely helpful, with short and easy to understand examples More comprehensive and wide-ranging topics on the subject.

Ordering books online from: going to your local discount bookstore is a good bet too.

As far as Web Tools to use, you could start with a simple text-editing program like Notepad(PC) or Simpletext(Mac) to create HTML code and a Web Browser (preferably, Internet Explorer because it is much more forgiving when it comes to interpreting and displaying HTML code, although if you want to make sure your code is being displayed properly, viewing each of your web pages with the latest Netscape Browser might also be a good idea.

A nicer and more advanced tool you could also use is a program from MACROMEDIA Inc. called Dreamweaver/Ultradev. It is a WYSIWIG (what you see is what you get) editor with a lot of neat features and capabilites - see for a feature list.

Finally, there are also a lot of Adult/Continuing Education courses that are offerred in many communities that teach basic HTML and Web Design.

For more information about the Web/Internet visit our web resources page.