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This is a summary of points to consider as you author a site in CMS, and to review during the go-live process.

Note: If your site is to be located at, the address to enter in your browser address bar for all previews mentioned below will be You must update the yoursite URL segment appropriately.


NDSU CMS site go-live checklist

Critical priority

  • Publish site pages/content
  • Confirm content was published

    • Click the Workspaces module
    • Visually confirm no draft versions are listed for contents you want to be available to visitors
    • If present, publish any remaining drafts you want site visitors to see

Essential priority

  • Verify the home page at has content. This page must not be blank! (1) Home page, (2) Shortcut to home page, contact page, and search page by default
  • Verify the home page shortcut exists and takes visitors to the home page when clicked.
    This is a large, dark green link at the top of the navigation menu. When clicked, it should take visitors to your home page and it should remain green after it is clicked
  • Verify footer contents contain site information, per University Relations guidelines - how to update footer contents
  • Verify the contact page exists and has been updated with relevant content. Confirm by visiting
  • Verify spelling and grammar errors have been removed
  • Verify there are no links to the organization's old Web site--these will no longer work after go-live.
    Click all links in the site to confirm the old site does not appear

Recommended priority

  • Verify headings have been used only as page/document headings, not for "making text green" or arbitrarily changing text size of the page -- see accessibility of headings
  • Verify content has been organized to fit the needs of visitors and uses their vocabulary, not the needs and vocabulary of the organization/site authors
  • Verify that no blank pages exist in the site (these are pages without any content).  Blank pages confuse visitors
  • Verify the home page does not contain only "Welcome to our site ... " Instead, it contains important, relevant content that you will keep up-to-date
  • View pages with different Web browser widths.  It is possible that pasted-in text was designed with line-breaks that "look right" in your default browser size, but if the window is re-sized larger/smaller, the text no longer flows as expected.  Images might also take on a different character in larger/smaller browser windows
  • View pages with different text sizes (use the text size buttons )
  • Shorten page titles, removing unnecessary text, and/or provide "Speaking URL segments" to keep URLs short -- how to shorten URLs

Above and beyond

If you want to go above and beyond, consider using other on-line resources to improve the site, for example

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