Web Analytics for Department or Faculty Websites
If you are interested in viewing data about who visits your departmental or faculty website, how many visits you receive, where visitors are located, which pages are most popular, etc. then you may contact Daphne Hunt to request a Google Analytics report. Just explain what type of data and time frame you are interested in.
Freeware and Web-Based Software
About Freeware Programs
Freeware and free web-based programs are a great way to achieve more with your web site. On this page we will tell you about some helpful programs that you can use to help manage and get the most from your website.
As we do not control the contents of these off-campus resources, we cannot guarantee what content may show up on their websites. We also cannot guarantee that these companies will continue to support the freeware/software, or that it will always be virus/spyware/malware free. Having said that, we do our best to make sure our list contains only software that we have tested and use ourselves frequently.
Google Analytics is a free and easy way to not only see how many hits your website receives, but get detailed analytics such as what pages get viewed the most, returning visitors, what areas of the country visitors reside in, and more. If you are a department, faculty member, or organization using Cascade Server, Web Services can provide an analytics report to you.
If you are a student and want to try Google Analytics on your student web account, all you need to do is create a Google account and sign in at www.google.com/analytics/. Once you set up your analytics account, they will provide a code snippet for you to embed in your HTML.
www.flickr.com is a free web-based photo storage utility. Once you create a free account, you can upload your photos into galleries that can be shared over email or as links on webpages. You can also create slideshows to post on your website. To see an example, view Dick Smith Library's Flickr page.
Need an easy way to resize single and groups of images, but can't afford Photoshop? Try the FastStone Photo Resizer. This program is free, has no adware or spyware, and even has a portable version. It allows you to resize and rename images in a BATCH mode, as well as crop, adjust, rotate, add watermarks, and much more. Download the portable version of this program to your T: drive or flash drive for ultimate portability. You can find the latest version of the program at http://www.faststone.org.
Using the FastStone Photo Resizer program is easy. Under the Source box, locate the folder of images you want to use, then choose Add or Add All to add them to your list. Choose the Output format (JPG is best for photos) and Output folder (this is where the new images will be saved). Then select the checkbox for "use advanced options", and select the Advanced Options button.
The Advanced Options window is where you can select image output sizes, among other options. When you select the checkmark box for Resize/Resample, you will see your options pop-up. Select "Resize based on one side" and choose a Width of around 450 pixels. Select OK at the bottom of the window, then Start on the main window. A new window will pop-up showing the program's progress in resizing your files. When it is done, your images will be saved in the Output folder that you specified. So easy!
This software will allow you to generate a PDF (Portable Document Format) from other programs such as Office, or Internet Explorer. Once installed, the program creates a printer in your windows printers list. When you are ready to create a PDF from any existing document, simply go to File > Print ... and then select the printer. It will ask you to choose where you would like to save your new PDF. Simple!
This program does have a couple of disadvantages. One is that you can't create "fillable forms", or PDFs that you can type data into and save it. It just creates a static PDF of your document, so if you are looking for one of those slick online application forms, you will need to look elsewhere. Try PDF Creator Here
Cascade Server (Content Management System)
Cascade Server is a content management system used for maintaining websites here at Tarleton. For more information about this system, visit the CMS Tutorial Web Site.
Active Data Calendar (Online Calendar System)
If you are interested in creating an online calendar for your department or organization's website, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wufoo (Online Web Forms)
Web Services can create online submission forms for use with your website. Contact email@example.com to request a web form.
Online Surveys (Qualtrics)
- U.S. Copyright Office Home Page » Everything you could want to know about copyright law straight from the government.
- 10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained » 10 things to be careful of when creating web pages.
Web Development References
- W3 Schools » Learn just about any web development language on this website.
- The Webmaster's Reference Library » Useful in keeping up with the latest developments in HTML design. Read articles or complete online "workshops" in the latest design specifications.
Web Development Tutorials and Guides
- Web Style Guide for www.tarleton.edu » Information about Tarleton-specific style and format requirements for the web
- Web Style Guide by Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton » Very thorough guide that covers all aspects of design from user interface to the use of graphics.
- NCSA – Beginner's Guide to HTML Home Page » Very good guide for the beginner with sections on basic tags and definitions of terms.
- How do they do that? » Seen something elsewhere and can't figure out how to do it? Look through this list of tips and tricks that can spice up your web page.
- Media College » All things multimedia. Sort of the "W3 Schools" of graphics.
- Tutorialized » Tutorials for many many different graphic endeavors.
Graphics and Photos
- Tarleton State University Logos »Tarleton logos for departmental use
- MorgueFile » Public image archive. Great place to find free stock photos.
- The Clipart Directory » Hundreds of links to sites on the World Wide Web that provide clip art and icons. Some are free and some are commercial sites.
- JQuery.com » Learn what JQuery is, how to use it, and download the latest version.