Who is eligible to participate in this blog?
All faculty and staff involved with University of Alabama web sites are invited to join the WebTide group. If you’re a member of WebTide and you’d like to contribute posts to the blog in the form of ideas, questions, articles to share, project updates, etc., just let us know and we’ll set you up as a contributor. Also, anyone from the general public can comment on posts without being members of WebTide or contributors.
What qualifies as an acceptable topic for creating an entry?
If it’s web design or development-related, it’s fair game. Anything you’re excited about, have questions about, have learned something new about, or just want to share is encouraged. This is your blog – the discussion is up to you.
So is there an approval process to post entries?
No, any WebTide member can become a contributor and post entries on WebTide. However, please note that posts are subject to review for appropriateness by administrators, in order to make sure the discussion remains on-target and properly representative of our web community. But we don’t anticipate this being an issue, given that this is a professional group’s representation of themselves and our institutional web presence as a whole.
What’s the point of this blog?
While web design and development activities on The University of Alabama campus are performed by many different people from many different areas, we all share similar challenges, hurdles and opportunities. And we all benefit from each other’s work as the overall institution’s web presence grows and becomes increasingly effective and representative of our campus as a whole. The goal here is to create a community of web designers and developers sharing their ideas, questions, breakthroughs, or innovations with the rest of the community. We hope as many people as possible will contribute to this blog to make it a richer, more meaningful experience for all of us.
OK, so I’m set up as a “contributor.” What now?
Feel free to begin posting right away. Log in to wordpress.com with the account you created, and click on “WebTide” on the home screen, which should appear under the welcome message. You’ll be taken to the admin panel, where you may click “Write” on the menu bar. Write a headline, select the appropriate categories for the post to be archived in, and then begin writing! If you need a hand in getting started posting with WordPress, please refer to a pretty good primer.