Style Guidebook: Web Standards

Our web standards for the technology we implement are just as important as our content brand standards. We have chosen specific software packages, methodologies, and programming languages due to their security choices, capabilities, and levels of adaptability.

Site Security and Content policies

All content hosted on servers through the College must adhere to standard legal, safety, and security laws and guidelines. We reserve the right to remove any content on our servers for any reason, at any time, and inappropriate misuse of any of our systems can lead to repercussions.

  • Content on any branded and/or hosted website must comply with all federal, state, and local laws. Content cannot be offensive, abusive, threatening, obscene, or intended to promote or commit an illegal act of any kind.
  • Content cannot misrepresent your affiliation with the College, University, another user, person, or entity, or is otherwise fraudulent or misleading.
  • Full content guidelines appear on the Writing page of this Guidebook here.
  • Content and/or software uploaded to our server cannot include malware, Trojan horses, or viruses, or any software that interferes with any part of our service. privacy, or data.
  • Software cannot be uploaded or used which transmits unsolicited mass mailings or other forms of spam.
  • Content and software cannot interfere with or in any way disrupt College or University systems, including system tampering, breaches, or attempts to probe, scan, or test for vulnerabilities.
  • All CSU domain names are the exclusive property of Colorado State University. WSCOE domain names are subject to this policy and other University policies even if the websites or other electronic services associated with them are contractually delegated to, or operated by, non-campus entities. Similarly, this policy and other University policies apply whether sites or services associated with WSCOE domain names are hosted on WSCOE servers or elsewhere.

New Websites and Pages

wordpress logoThe Web Operations group uses WordPress as the default website for most needs. We use a type of WordPress called a “multisite instance,” which allows us to control the security, plugins, and themes of a sub-site and still give control over to individual departments, staff and faculty members, student organizations, and other groups.

We also work with those who have specific needs, such as forms or other more complex web requirements. Each need is taken on a case by case basis, and for more information visit the web operations page at www.engr.colostate.edu/operations/web.