eTech offers a variety of web support services, including homepage hosting, website creation, and online application development. All web services offered by eTech are free of charge to units within the College of Arts and Sciences:
Website Creation & Support
For academic, research, and service units of A&S, we create websites, blogs, and wikis. We tailor our services to each project based on an assessment of the unit’s needs, audience, and resources, and the condition of the unit’s existing website (if any).
After a website launches, we provide WordPress training to the personnel who’ll be maintaining it, and we’re always happy to answer questions or provide refresher training.
Academic Departments’ Websites
Websites for academic departments are produced by eTech staff according to a schedule established with the approval of the Dean’s Office. Learn more about our process for academic department websites.
Sites for Sub-Units, Programs, and Projects (SUPPs)
eTech hosts and builds websites for many kinds of A&S units and projects, including
- academic programs such as interdisciplinary majors/minors/concentrations
- service centers and institutes
- research groups and labs
- research projects, such as grant-funded projects
- special programs of the Dean’s Office or A&S Student Services
The process for building SUPP sites varies considerably from site to site, but we offer three tiers of service to meet the diverse needs of A&S faculty and staff:
Build-to-launch sites are assembled by eTech staff using templates available within our existing themes. We provide assistance with organization, content development, photography, and occasionally, design of specific graphic elements.
BTL sites are produced in eight weeks, measured from the date the beta site (a nonpublic site we use to build websites) is opened. At or before the end of weeks two, four, and six, we’ll provide site components for review.
At the end of week eight, eTech will take the site live.
After launch, the site owner/s will receive WordPress training from eTech, and then we turn over the site to them.
eTech staff are available to provide content and technical support as needed, but responsibility for routine post-launch content changes rests with the site owner/s.
DIY sites are WordPress sites hosted by eTech but built entirely by the faculty and staff who own them. While we offer technical support and advice for DIY sites, we do not provide any design or editorial services.
For a DIY site, we secure the URL and open up a beta (nonpublic) site for development. The client then has six weeks, measured from the date the beta site is opened, to build the site to a launch-ready state. Should he or she fail to do so, we’ll shut down the beta site and start the process over again when the client is ready.
We check in on DIY sites in weeks one, three, and five to make sure there are no problems and development is occurring.
Before any DIY site launches, we scan the site for accessibility issues; these must be fixed by the client before the site goes live. The accessibility scan will be done during or before week 5.
For the small percentage of A&S faculty and staff who want to build their own sites from scratch, whether hand-coded or using a CMS, we offer bare-bones service: We’ll provide hosting space and cPanel access but no development, editorial, or design help. The client then has eight weeks to assemble the site to a launch-ready state. Should he or she fail to meet the eight-week deadline, the client’s cPanel access will be suspended. When the client is ready to finish the site, he or she can submit a new website request form.
We check in on MB sites in weeks one, four, and seven to make sure there are no problems and that active development is occurring. Before any MB site launches, we scan the site for accessibility issues; these must be fixed by the client before the site goes live. The accessibility scan will be done during or before week 7.
About Personal & Student Organization Websites
If you are a faculty member interested in obtaining web space for individual use, visit people.ua.edu.
Students seeking web space for student organizations or other purposes should contact The Source.
Web Application Development
The College offers web application development support for creating online processes and digital forms. Web applications developed by eTech are built in PHP and utilize MySQL for database processing.
Working with eTech
If you would like to redesign an academic department’s website, please read Web Services for Academic Departments.
If you would like to build any other type of website, including a course blog, start by completing our website request form. We will email you within one week after you submit the form to set up a meeting.
To start any other type of project, begin by completing our project initiation form. We will email you within one week after you submit the form to set up a meeting.