Using the "Go" URL System to Create Custom URLs

Overview

In may situations, you might want to create a simple, easy-to-remember URL to use when directing users to a specific page within your website.   The “GO URL” system allows you to create custom URLs on demand for campus web resources.

Details

When visiting the Go URL homepage you will be presented with a simple, two box form asking you for information about the URL you want to customize.

The first box, labeled simply “URL”, is where you enter the URL that you want to customize.    The second box, labeled “Optional custom keyword” is where you can enter a word to be used as part of the URL you are creating.   If you leave the custom keyword field blank, a randomly generated URL will be created for you.

Example

Imagine that I have a page within my website that I want to easily be able to direct users to, but which has a cumbersome URL.   In this example, imagine that the URL is http://www.marshall.edu/mysite/mydirectory/mypage.html

Visiting the Go URL site I can enter this long URL in the box labeled “URL”.    For the “Optional custom keyword”, in this case I’ll chose the word “raptor”.

Once I’ve submitted the form, I’ll be notified that a new URL has been created for me.    That URL, based on my requested custom keyword will be http://www.marshall.edu/go/raptor

Visitors to this page will be directed to the original, longer URL that I placed in the URL box.

Remember

The “Go URL” system works because the application expects all custom URLs will be prepended with the /go/ directory alias.    In most cases, creating a “go” URL is a fine self-service solution.   If, however, you require that the /go/ directory alias NOT be a part of your custom URL path, you will require a special server side URL alias.   To request this type of custom URL, please open a ticket with the IT Service Desk.

Determining the Overseer of a Marshall University Web Page

Overview

In certain situations, it’s useful to be able to find out who is responsible for the content on a Marshall University website, as well as how to contact that person to report a problem or error.

Details

Each website on the Marshall University web server requires that a faculty or staff member agree to serve as overseer for that site.    Being a site overseer means that you have agreed to be responsible for the content of the site, and to serve as point of contact if problems with your site are encountered.

There are two easy methods for determining the overseer of a site on the Marshall web server.   Sites using the Marshall University template and shared footer will display a small green envelope icon in the bottom right hand corner of the pages on the site.   See image below:

Clicking on this envelope will take you to the Overseer detail page for that particular site.   On the overseer detail page, you’ll be given the name and email address of the faculty or staff member responsible for site content.   An example overseer detail report is displayed in the image below:

If the site isn’t using the shared footer, you can visit the Overseer lookup page directly, and enter the site name in the form on the page to obtain the same information.