Web Publishing @ UMHS
This page provides guidelines and resources for UMHS staff developing or maintaining Web sites for their departments, programs or projects on the web server run by MCIT (internal site) at www.med.umich.edu (known as MedInfo on the internal Novell network).
- Review UMHS Web Publishing Guidelines and Standards for Use of the Med-Info Server and Web Publishing Space (PDF)
- www.med.umich.edu is an Apache webserver, running on a Linux server.
- www.med.umich.edu does not support Microsoft's IIS/FrontPage/Office 2000 extensions or ASP
- User-written CGI scripts are not supported on www.med.umich.edu.
- Note that www.med.umich.edu is not the only web server in use at UMHS. Several departments such as Pathology and Surgery run their own webservers. If they provide an internal publishing environment, it may be defined differently than the www.med.umich.edu/i/ environment.
- An internal page is any page with an address that starts with http://www.med.umich.edu/i/. These sites are on the www.med.umich.edu but only available from workstations located on the UMHS network, which includes any machines operating outside the physical network that are equipped with VPN software.
- If you need your site to be internal but accessible to the broader U-M community, it should be a "u" site, which means you should build it in the U folder. Ex: http://www.med.umich.edu/u/evpma.
- Logo use guidelines - Downloads of UMHS logos and how to use them to retain the impact and integrity of the brand.
To protect the integrity of our brand, our non-profit status and our position as a leading academic medical center, the UMHS Department of Public Relations & Marketing Communications does not recommend that Health System affiliated units, programs, services or departments use .com urls.
- Adobe Dreamweaver is a popular web-editing tool that produces standard HTML -- web pages that are compatible with the UMHS webserver MedInfo.
- Microsoft Frontpage and Office 2000 publishing tools are NOT recommended or supported for publishing on the UMHS webserver. See the Web publishing FAQ.
- MCIT supports the Cold Fusion and ASP.NET environments for creating dynamic, database-driven Web sites.
- ITCS offers a variety of Internet and Web classes on campus, including classes on using Dreamweaver.
Personal/group Web pages/sites are not supported by MCIT and therefore not available on the UMHS Web server. For information on services available outside the MCIT system, visit the ITCS Web site.
Authentication: Technique by which access to Internet or intranet resources requires the user to enter a username and password as identification.
Bandwidth: Measure (in kilobytes of data transferred) of the traffic on a site.
Browser: A program used to locate and view HTML documents (Microsoft Internet Explorer for example.)
Click through rate (CTR): Percentage of users who click on a viewed advertisement. A good indication of an ad's effectiveness.
Client: The browser (see above) used by a visitor to a Web site.
Client Errors: An error occurring due to an invalid request by the visitor's browser. Client errors are in the 400-range. See "Return Code" definition.
Cookies: Persistent Client-State HTTP Cookies are files containing information about visitors to a web site (e.g. user name and preferences). This information is provided by the user during the first visit to a web server. The server records this information in a text file and stores this file on the visitor's hard drive. When the visitor accesses the same web site again the server looks for the cookie and configures itself based on the information provided.
Domain Name: The text name corresponding to the numeric IP address of a computer on the Internet (i.e. www.webtrends.com).
Domain Name Lookup: The process of converting a numeric IP address into a text name (for example 22.214.171.124 is converted to www.webtrends.com).
FTP: File Transfer Protocol is a standard method of sending files between computers over the Internet.
Filters: A means of narrowing the scope of a report or view by specifying ranges or types of data to include or exclude.
Form: An HTML page which passes variables back to the server. These pages are used to gather information from users. Also referred to as scripts.
GIF: Graphics Interchange Format is an image file format commonly used in HTML documents.
Hyper Text Markup Language is used to write documents for the World Wide Web to specify hypertext links between related objects and documents.
HTTP: Hyper Text Transfer Protocol is a standard method of transferring data between a web server and a web browser.
Hit: An action on a web site such as when a user views a page or downloads a file.
Home Page: The main page of a Web site. The home page provides visitors with an overview and links to the rest of the site. It often contains or links to a Table of Contents for the site.
Home Page URL
The local path or Internet URL to the default page of the web site
IP Address: Internet Protocol address identifying a computer connected to the Internet.
Log File: A file created by a web or proxy server which contains all of the access information regarding the activity on that server.
Page: Any document, dynamic page, or form. Documents are defined by the system administrator, but generally include all static content, such as complete html pages. Dynamic pages are created with variables and do not exist anywhere in a static form. Forms are scripted pages which get information from a visitor that gets passed back to the server.
Page Views: A hit to any file that is classified as a Page. Contrast with Hit, which counts files of every type.
Platform: The operating system (i.e. Windows 95 Windows NT etc.) used by a visitor to the site.
Protocol: An established method of exchanging data over the Internet. Referrer URL of an HTML page that refers to the site.
Return Code: The return status of the request which specifies whether the transfer was successful and why. Possible "Success" codes are:
200 = Success: OK
201 = Success: Created
202 = Success: Accepted
203 = Success: Partial Information
204 = Success: No Response
300 = Success: Redirected
301 = Success: Moved
302 = Success: Found
303 = Success: New Method
304 = Success: Not Modified
Possible "Failed" codes are:
400 = Failed: Bad Request
401 = Failed: Unauthorized
402 = Failed: Payment Required
403 = Failed: Forbidden
404 = Failed: Not Found
500 = Failed: Internal Error
501 = Failed: Not Implemented
502 = Failed: Overloaded Temporarily
503 = Failed: Gateway Timeout
Server: A computer that hosts information available to anyone accessing the Internet.
Server Error: An error occurring at the server. Web server errors have codes in the 500 range.
Spiders: An automated program which searches the Internet.
Suffix (Domain Name): The three digit suffix of a domain can be used to identify the type of organization. Possible "Suffixes" are: .com = Commercial .edu = Educational .int = International .gov = Government .mil = Military .net = Network .org = Organization
URL: Uniform Resource Locator is a means of identifying an exact location on the Internet. For example http://www.webtrends.com/html/info/default.htm is the URL which defines the use of HTTP to access the web page Default.htm in the /html/info/ directory on the WebTrends Corporation Web site). As the previous example shows a URL is comprised of four parts: Protocol Type (HTTP) Machine Name (webtrends.com) Directory Path (/html/info/) and File Name (default.htm). User Agent Fields in an extended web server log file identifying the browser and platform used by a visitor.
User Session: A session of activity (all hits) for one user of a web site. A unique user is determined by the IP address or cookie. By default a user session is terminated when a user is inactive for more than 30 minutes. Synonym: Visit.
View Page: See "Page View"
Visit: Commonly called User Session. All activity for one user of a web site. By default a user session is terminated when a user is inactive for more than 30 minutes.
- Confluence - A wiki designed to make it easy for UMHS staff and teams to share information on the web.
- SiteMaker - A web-based program designed to help U-M faculty, students and staff quickly create Web sites without having to know about a lot of technical details. The only tool you need is a web browser.
- U-M Coursetools - A customizable, web-based classroom assistance tool.
- M-Blog - A blogging service available to current students, faculty, and staff
- Qualtrics - Allows users to create simple or complex online surveys using a simple, straightforward interface.
- UMWeb - Web site for Umich webmasters, the part of ITCS responsible for the care and feeding of the University of Michigan's central web infrastructure. Includes services available to schools, colleges, and departments of the University of Michigan.
- WWW-SIG - The WWW Special Interest Group site is a place for UM web staff to share and find information and resources regarding web development at UM.
Still have questions?
Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions. If you still can't find what you are looking for, call 734-764-2220.