Templated Website FAQs

Is documentation available that demonstrates the process of creating a web site using the template or is a sample or demo-site available for us to look at?

One of the sites that makes use of our template is http://studaff.caltech.edu . Documentation for setting up your site is provided within the admin section of your new site.

Can the templated web site support multiple pages? For example, if we would like to have separate pages for Home, Audit, IT Audit, Compliance, and so on.

Yes, the content management system (CMS) allows you to add multiple pages and automatically adds them to your site navigation. If you want to change the order of those pages, there is a page that allows you to rearrange the order and nesting of these items. There is a limit to how deeply you can nest items - but if your site is larger than average, it is possible for us to change that limit.


Can the templated web site support the use of web forms? For example, if we would like to have a text box where visitors can write information into and submit contents to a designated list of e-mail addresses.


Yes. You can use the same Metafeedback email system you would use onyour personal account to create web forms that email the informationto you.


Can we upload documents (i.e. PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, JPEG) to the web site?




How much storage space is available for the website?


While total storage space limits are still being determined, the size limit per document is currently set at 10 Mb.


What if I require more complex templated hosting services?


IMSS will determine the appropriate charge for customized hosting depending on the services requested. Contact us at templates@caltech.edu for more information.


Can we have more than one designated administrator for the website?


We ask for a main administrator when you sign up for the service but after that, you are free to add other people to help maintain content. The current permissions system allows an editor to be able to edit any of the site's content (text, images, and uploaded files). The administrator can do all the editing plus create users and configure the main site options (such as contact info in the footer and home page images).


Do I need any special knowledge or skills to develop the web pages?


No more than you need to run Microsoft Word. We use TinyMCE as the WYSIWYG editor and have extended it with a couple of custom plugins - including an interface to an online photo editing service (pixlr.com) so you can resize, crop, and tweak images for your site. It doesn't completely replace Adobe Photoshop but is simple to use.

It is possible to keep the old site functioning and then transfer over to the new website at a specified date?

Yes. We'll set up staging.xxx.caltech.edu while you transfer your content. When you are ready, we'll change the DNS entry to transition to the new website.

Can we create pages that are access restricted?

Yes. Any page or section of the site can be restricted to be availableonly on campus OR available only to logged in users.

Will the web site will be hosted on a shared virtual server?


For further questions about template hosting, please contact templates@caltech.edu.