Warhawk Involvement Center

ORGANIZATION RESOURCES

Connection Center Office Hours

Mon-Thurs: 10am-6pm
Fri: 12pm-4pm
or by appointment

Connection Center Office Location

Univesity Center, Room 146

Creating Your Organization's Electronic Presence

Recognized student organizations have a web-based presence at UW-Whitewater.  Career & Leadership Development must verify that a student organization is active and officially recognized by the University BEFORE sites will be approved and made public.

Student Organization web sites will be phased out at UW-Whitewater.  There are several reasons for this including the following:

  • Roughly 75% of the organization web sites have not been updated in over a year
  • Many groups are unable to sustain a web master; with the turnover comes issues with passwords and limited knowledge of Dreamweaver (the web site building program used at UW-Whitewater)
  • Changeover in site ownership happens with the changing of advisors, which for some groups happens quite often
  • Due to the multiple steps to creating a campus web site for student organizations, the process can sometimes take several weeks which holds up groups trying to make edits to their sites

We're not leaving you without an opportunity to reach out to members and potential new members.  In fact, we have a few options for you to choose from, all of which we believe are more sustainable and easier to use!

Your organization has three options for replacing your current web site.  You may do 1 or all of them!

Choice One:  Focus your energy on your organization's Join! page.  Most activities you'd want to do on a web site you can do from your Join page.

Things to consider:

  • Your organization's logo, description, roster and calendar can be posted and updated here!
  • Join includes the ability to blog (publicly or with just your members), post photos and documents, and poll members or the general student population.
  • This is a site your organization is already responsible for keeping up to date – this streamlines your efforts!
  • Like facebook, you will send potential members the link to your page by sending them to uww.edu/join and having them search for your group's name

Choice Two:  IN ADDITION TO JOIN, create an organization blog at blogs.uww.edu.

Things to consider:

  • The system powering UW-W's blog environment is WordPress, a robust and full-featured content management system.
  • "What You See is What You Get" content editing – Users can write posts and update pages like typing in a word processor rather than editing HTML code.
  • A library of plugins and themes are available for users to choose from.
  • Commenting and RSS feeds are available for each site.
  • Users can automatically embed videos from popular hosting sites like YouTube.
  • Users can easily upload and create photo galleries and other multimedia content.

Getting Started:

Choice Three:  IN ADDITION TO JOIN, host a web site off-campus.

Things to consider:

  • Regardless of where your information is stored, the web site must abide by all campus policies.
  • How accessible can your site be?  Can those with sight impairments still navigate your site?
  • Do you have someone in your organization capable of upkeep on the web site?  Is it something you will always have access to?
  • Some sites charge for your url and hosting your site.  Do you have that in your budget?  If you don't, then consider that blogs.uww.edu may have everything you need that a free web-builder site can supply.