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Web Standards

University Communications and Marketing collaborates with OIT Web Services to create websites for University departments. If you need a new Web page, visit www.ohio.edu/web/help/request-a-web-site.cfm to review your options and submit a request to OIT Web Services.


Outside Vendors

You may choose to work with an outside Web design firm to create your website. Departments are strongly encouraged to choose one of the preferred vendors listed at www.ohio.edu/finance/purchasing/preferred-suppliers. Most of these vendors have worked with the University in the past and are familiar with our technical and creative standards. In addition, the Division of Finance has standing agreements with many of them to provide services to University units at a discounted rate.


Required Page Elements

Every Ohio University Web page must include several standard elements. Sites built within CommonSpot, the University’s official content management system, will already include the standard elements. HTML and graphic files of the elements are available for third-party vendors creating sites or pages for University departments from Web Services.

The University logo in the top left corner must always be coded as a link back to the main site. The only exemptions are Web pages clearly marked as archived and all pages and sites of Ohio University Athletics.


Note: As of 2018, University Communications and Marketing, in partnership with OHIO Web Services, is working to establish new website guidelines that align with branding efforts of Ohio University. These new specifications will be announced and posted here once they are finalized. In the interim, you may direct questions to UCM.