Best Practices

Beyond complying with the University’s web standards, here are suggested best practices to observe while developing your site.

  • Follow the Accessibility Policy for Connecticut State Government Websites
  • Test for accessibility:
  • Use descriptive ALT tags on all images
  • Style pages using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets):
  • Understand SEO (Search Engine Optimization):
  • Validate your code:
  • Name your files with lowercase letters only and never use spaces in the file name. You can use underscores or hyphens. The use of odd characters and spaces may result in broken links on your website.
  • Try not to change file names after your site has been launched. Related websites and blogs might link to your website and changes to your file names may result in broken links on the referring sites.
  • Don’t use tables for page layout. Tables should only be used to present data in a structured, tabular format. People with disabilities use alternative browsers such as screen readers and speech output browsers. Using alternative browsers on table-based websites can provide users with a problematic experience. Users of mobile devices (e.g., Blackberries, iPhones, Android phones) also benefit from tableless websites. Please use DIVs as an alternative.
  • Don’t use “Click here” for links. Whenever possible, work links into sentences naturally.