General WebSite GO Information

  1. I need assistance updating our existing website. The person who created the our school site is no longer at our school and the dates read 2014. Please provide assistance.Thank you.
  2. What is the purpose of WebSite GO?
  3. What is a Webpublisher?
  4. Is Webpublisher the new term for a school or office Webmaster? If so, why was the name changed?
  5. How do I select the best Webpublisher for my school or office?
  6. Can my school or office have multiple Webpublishers?
  7. How can I become the Authorized Webpublisher for my School or Office?
  8. What is the difference between the old WebDav process and the new WebSite GO process?
  9. What is the difference between the SDP’s Instructional Management System (IMS)and WebSite GO?
  1. I need assistance updating our existing website. The person who created the our school site is no longer at our school and the dates read 2014. Please provide assistance.Thank you.
  2. What is the purpose of WebSite GO?

    The purpose of WebSite GO is to provide a content management software solution, WebGUI (pronounced web-gooey), which allows School District of Philadelphia schools and offices to easily create, publish and update their websites through a web browser.

    The initiative provides training, website templates and ongoing support to authorized school and office Webpublishers.

  3. What is a Webpublisher?

    A Webpublisher is a designated person within a school or office who is responsible for creating and maintaining his/her school or office website.

    The SDP Webpublishers, along with the Principal or Office Administrator, own the school or office website. They are accountable and responsible for:

    • Knowing the content on their site
    • Knowing the SDP website policies and procedures
    • Knowing the content does not violate those P&Ps
    • Ensuring their website is user-friendly
    • Ensuring a Commitment to Quality
  4. Is Webpublisher the new term for a school or office Webmaster? If so, why was the name changed?
    The SDP use of the term for a school or office Webmaster was changed to Webpublisher to help clarify what the role requires.  The term Webmaster implies a highly technical skillset.  With the implementation of WebSite GO, it is no longer necessary to possess highly technical skills to create a user friendly website.  After attending a training course, you will be prepared to create and maintain your school or office website easily from a Firefox web browser.
  5. How do I select the best Webpublisher for my school or office?

    Here’s a list of skills and responsibilities we think are needed for a good Webpublisher:

    • Keep Website up to date and accurate
    • Ensure Website meets needs of SDP staff, parents, students, faculty, and community
    • Gather content
    • Modify content that is wordy or unsuitable for the Web to be short and scannable for readability on the Web
    • Have finger on the pulse of what is going on in the school
    • Attend key meetings
    • Are well-connected
    • Take initiative to find information
    • Establish a relationship of trust with content contributors and manager
    • Understand the importance and value of the school’s or office’s Website to school district personnel and families
    • Keep ear to the ground to understand what people want and translate that to the Web
    • Are curious, approachable, competent, direct, extroverted, full of initiative
    • Have a way with people to get the right info
  6. Can my school or office have multiple Webpublishers?
    The WebSite GO Team recommends having one Primary designated school or office Webpublisher assigned and one Backup, if needed.  If a Backup is assigned, they should have an open communication with the Primary and vice-versa.  The reason for this is that once the WebGUI site is “launched” (made viewable by all Web users), all changes made to the site are immediately published on the Web.  Minimizing the number of people who have edit rights to your site will help properly manage the web content provided and assist with version control.
  7. How can I become the Authorized Webpublisher for my School or Office?
    • Be appointed by your Principal or Director as the official school or office Webpublisher
    • Fill out a Webpublisher Authorization Form
    • Have your Principal or Director sign the form to
      authorize and approve you as the person responsible for the school or office website.
    • Fax the form to 215-400-4411, Attention WebSite GO
    • Once the WebSite GO team receives your form, you will
      be placed on the waiting list and will be contacted when a training opportunity
      becomes available.
  8. What is the difference between the old WebDav process and the new WebSite GO process?

    WebDav

    • Old process
    • For schools and offices/departments that used the SDP server to host their sites
    • Need to be logged into SDP network to access
    • Need to use 3rd party editing tool (e.g., Dreamweaver) or have HTML skills
    • Need knowledge of file structures

    WebSite GO

    • New process
    • New templates
    • Standardized content required for all school and office/department websites
    • New technology – WebGUI
    • For schools and office/departments that want to use the SDP servers to host their sites
    • Can access anytime, anywhere
    • No 3rd party tool needed, everything done through web browser
    • Less steps to post a page
    • No knowledge of file structures needed
    • Uses SDP email and password
    • Can create pages and other components quickly and easily
  9. What is the difference between the SDP’s Instructional Management System (IMS)and WebSite GO?

    The School District of Philadelphia’s Instructional Management System (IMS) has a module called Online Classroom, under the Outreach Tab, which is a web based communications module.Online Classroom offers teachers the ability to create their own web pages to post homework, class announcements, polls and other web based functions. This web page feature, delivered through the IMS, is specifically for teachers throughout the School District of Philadelphia. You do not have to be logged into Schoolnet to view the contents. Teachers must give the URL address to students in order for them to have access to their web page.

    WebSite GO allows for the creation of school and office websites, which are accessible to all users via the World Wide Web. The websites provide users with information regarding the specific school or office.