Setting Up a Website

  • All university websites and print materials should include a copyright line. You may use either the copyright symbol (©) or spell out the word “copyright.
  • Provide a standard link to all website content (including pages, images, videos, documents); links should be in HTML/XHTML format, rather than embedded in JavaScript or Flash.
  • Maintain stable URLs for particular content and redirect from old URLs to new URLs when necessary.
  • Follow accessibility standards to render the site usable by everyone and accessible to the Internet Archive’s Heritrix crawler. See the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) for more information. The University’ s website accessibility guidelines are also helpful to consult when designing accessible, archivable, websites.
  • Where feasible, ensure that objects (video, audio, etc.) are embedded within your site or page and not embedded in third-party websites; the Heritrix crawler is unable to crawl some content from certain third-party sites (Vimeo, among others).
  • Omit robots.txt exclusions or limit them to areas not needed for archiving (such as calendar functions and databases). Please note that web archiving requires crawling of stylesheets and images; please be sure that directories containing these files are not restricted.
  • Use descriptive metadata elements in the HTML headers of sites to provide documentation about the website (titles and descriptions are particularly helpful).