Lab and Faculty Websites
Note: CostsThe school fully subsidizes lab website building at no cost. However, exceptionally large sites or sites that require extensive edits, the Web Group may be required to charge for its services. See more
Like department and organization sites, lab and personal faculty websites are hosted in Tridion. However, lab websites utilize an alternate template with more options for customization than organization sites.
Lab sites cannot be used for programs or centers or for organizations focused on patient care. They are intended for individual faculty to promote their research and help them recruit well-qualified graduate students and post doctoral fellows.
To request a lab website, please complete and submit the form on the right side of this page. It generally takes 2-4 weeks for the initial build of a lab website, depending on the amount of content to be included in the site.
Lab website features
Because the lab website template utilizes the same content management system as the YSM departmental websites, lab websites can take advantage of all functionality available for departmental websites, including:
- Photo and video galleries
- Google Maps
- Linkages to social media apps
- Forms (approved to collect PHI)
- Use of integrated applications
- Various content layout options
- Regularly updated functionality
In addition, there are a number of applications that are available in the lab template that will update automatically and/or do not require any significant expertise to use. Using these tools should allow most labs to keep their site current. The features that we expect most editors of lab sites to be interested in are:
Frequently Asked Questions
- How changes and modifications can be made to my lab website?
There are two ways to make updates:
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- We can train you or a member of your staff to make updates to the content on the site using the school's content management system and web applications. There are some parts of the site where the content will be automatically updated (e.g. People profiles when updated through profile.yale.edu and publications when updated in PubMed).
- The other way to make updates to the non-automated sections of the site is to work with our group to make the updates as needed. We will provide two updates to the static pages of your site per year. If you do not think two updates per year will be sufficient to keep your site up to date, please let us know and we can work with you to find an alternative solution.
- What scope of changes are possible?
There are two different parts to the design of the website:
- The website template, which covers the basic design of the site including navigation layout, site title area, left column footer, colors, and
- The content area on each page (center white area on the screen below the navigation bar).
In the website template, you can choose from different color schemes (see http://medicine.yale.edu/lab/examples/index.aspx for the options). In the content area there are many different layouts available. If you look through the "Design Examples" section of our website, most of the content templates in the main content area of the pages are also available in the lab templates (on our site they are shown in the main departmental template, but these are also available in the lab template). If you have a specific layout in mind, let us know and we can give you options.
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- Who is responsible for making changes?
You or a member of your staff is responsible for generating and maintaining content on the website. Similar to how your previous website was updated, we could give access to your departmental website editor to make the updates, we could train a member of your staff, or we could help you make updates.
For the content coming from the automated systems (profiles and publications), we would teach you or a member of your staff how to easily make updates. For example, whenever you update your profile on profile.yale.edu, within 24 hours it will automatically update any YSM website that displays your profile (e.g. your lab website, main departmental website, etc.).
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- Who is responsible for maintenance of hosting and Infrastructure?
The school's Web Group is responsible for maintaining all of the web systems (servers, content management system, applications, etc.), the website design and functionality, and making updates to these systems. You and your staff are responsible for the content on the website.collapse