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Web Development FAQs

  1. What is the .php at the end of the web address?
  2. What does PHP do?
  3. Will there be a template that I can use?
  4. How will webpages be updated?
  5. Do you have guidelines for creating Web pages?
  6. Who are the members of the Web Advisory Group?
  7. What does the WAG do?

What is the .php at the end of the web address?

'PHP' officially stands for 'PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor'. (The first 'p' is silent, like the 'p' at the beginning of pneumonia.) Instead of the web addresses ending in .htm, they will be ending in .php.

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What does PHP do?

PHP is a server-side HTML embedded scripting language. It provides webmasters with a full suite of tools for building dynamic websites. Among other things, a PHP script can display the date on a webpage that indicates when that page was last the date at the bottom of this (and every) webpage at Las Positas College!

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Will there be a template that I can use?

All institutional programs and organizations at the college will be using a single web page template that will ensure accessibility for persons with disabilities and a consistent visual and user experience.

An instructional template for faculty and their personal websites is currently being developed.

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How will webpages be updated?

In the past, Las Positas College web pages have been updated using Adobe Dreamweaver. This is an incredibly powerful, professional tool that can do many advanced tasks, and can be overwhelming to non-technical users. It's like driving a Hummer to buy a gallon of milk at the corner store. To simplify the process, Las Positas plans to introduce a new web content management program called Adobe Contribute.

Adobe Contribute will enable a team of trained web page maintainers to follow a simple 3-step process to browse, edit and publish changes to web page content for different areas of the website. Allowing individual department “experts” access to their specific area of the site will streamline the process – edits don't have to be funneled through the Webmaster. We can also ensure that current, accurate information is posted on the website, while maintaining consistent design standards. Authorized users will edit web pages directly in Contribute and, in some cases, can even merge content from existing Microsoft Office documents into web pages.

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Do you have guidelines for creating Web pages?

Web Style Guidelines are currently being drafted by the Webmaster and Web Advisory Group and will be available to the college soon.

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Who are the members of the Web Advisory Group?

The nine members of the Web Advisory Group represent key areas of the college, including faculty, staff, library resources, marketing, information technology, and student services:

  • Donna Alaoen, Executive Assistant, President's Office
  • Deborah Bauer, Sociology Faculty
  • Kali Davis, Librarian
  • Timothy Druley, Webmaster
  • Greg Johns, Instructional Computer Laboratory Specialist
  • Don Miller, Dean of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences
  • Amy Rel, Student Services Specialist, Financial Aid

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What does the WAG do?

The Web Advisory Group is a committee aimed at updating and improving the website for Las Positas College. The group is concerned with the following issues:

  • Site navigation and hierarchy: How to organize web content, what to label it, what file structures and servers to use, and how to train individuals.
  • Content management: How faculty, staff, and Webmaster will update web pages; what web editors should be used, how faculty and staff will upload pages, target dates, consequences, infrastructure, for process, etc.
  • Regular maintenance and updates: How faculty and staff will be responsible for fresh content, accessibility, appropriate use; Role of District, IT, Webmaster, etc. in education and enforcement.

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Contact Information

Tim Druley

Email Webmaster