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Welcome to the IIHR Multisite System!

Screen shot of an IIHR multisite.Using WordPress’ multisite capability, IIHR can offer our faculty, staff, and students a quick and easy way to get a website up and running. WordPress is user friendly and intuitive, and our system allows users to build an attractive and functional site in a relatively short time. Here are a few examples of IIHR multisites already up and running:

Here are a few things to be aware of about your new IIHR multisite:

  1. The multisite system was built to provide a professional website design that maintains an “IIHR family” look among all the multisites. This creates a sense of professionalism and promotes the strong IIHR brand. The multisites have a look that is similar, but not identical to, the IIHR site, and they are built to be efficient and functional. The basic design and layout is set, as are the fonts and the type sizes. Users can quickly get started styling type using the simple text editor, and there are seven color schemes to choose from.
  2. IIHR websites and multisites should adhere to all University of Iowa computer use policies. A few of these are of particular note for the multisites:
    • Accessibility: This means websites must be accessible to the blind and otherwise disabled. Luckily, this is pretty easy. To make sure your photos and graphics are accessible to screen readers, always enter a caption or alternative text for any media you upload. The goal is to provide a text alternative to the image, which the caption alone may satisfy (unless you need to augment it with alt text specific to the image). Here’s a nice alt text decision tree.
    • More on Accessibility: Photos with text placed in the image don’t work for screen readers, so please use captions or alt text instead.
    • Still More on Accessibility: Rotating or sliding photos that use an animated gif do not meet the accessibility standards set by ADA. We are in the process of building a tool that will meet all ADA requirements and provide the desired effect. In the meantime, please don’t use animated gif sliders.
    • For more information about accessibility, read the University of Iowa WCAG 2.0 standards (see here and here). Read the full university policy here: http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/
  3. Class Materials: The College of Engineering encourages all instructors to use ICON, the course-management system in use across campus, to help administer courses and for FERPA compliance in posting grades. IIHR recommends that instructors use ICON, rather than a multisite, to provide class materials to students.
  4. Faculty, staff, and students who are interested can use a multisite as a blog/news site.
  5. To read the University of Iowa’s full Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources policy, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~our/opmanual/ii/19.htm.
  6. Need help? Please feel free to contact one of IIHR’s WordPress users with questions:

We will do our best to locate a solution to your problem quickly!

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Last modified on June 25th, 2015
Posted on February 12th, 2013

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