ANU web environment

Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the ANU web environment and join the Web Publishers Group.

The ANU 'website' is composed of hundreds of individual websites built and maintained by staff across the Colleges and Divisions. There is no central website building team, and different areas have different approaches to building and managing websites in their area. Web publishers at ANU also vary widely: some are experienced full-time web publishers, many others do web work as only a small part of their role and some are very new to the field.

All web publishers at ANU should join the Web Publishers Group, to help you connect with your peers and receive support, and so that we can keep you up-to-date.

Sites, systems & styles

ANU web presence is spread across many types of sites, built using a variety of languages and content management systems (CMS). Common examples are listed below.

Types of sites

  • content sites (static, dynamic, intranet and collaborations)
  • applications
  • social media account sites (eg Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)

Languages & systems

  • PHP
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
  • Squiz CMS

» read more about available systems

The web style guide lists styles and principles for ANU sites to follow. The current version of the styles is version 4 and uses responsive design.

All new or substantially revised ANU-branded websites need to be registered and approved by the Marketing Office web team.

Browser compatibility

ANU web style is tested for compatibility with a set of the most popular browsers. This set is updated roughly every two months based on analytics for the past month, and includes browsers used in at least five per cent of visits to ANU websites which we track. To fully test responsive layouts and functionality, the set also includes the most popular mobile browsers.

As of August 2017, the browsers tested against are:

  • Internet Explorer 11 on Windows. 'Compatibility View' should be turned off.
  • Chrome 59 and 60 on Windows and Mac
  • Firefox 52 and 54 on Windows
  • Safari 10 on Mac
  • Safari 10 on iOS (iPhone and iPad)
  • Chrome 59 on Android (smartphone)

Note: From 2016, we do not support Internet Explorer 7 and 8, or compatibility view in other versions of IE.

Visits to the ANU websites in August 2017 consisted of 77 per cent desktop browsers, 18 per cent mobile and 5 per cent tablets.

Governance & support

Have you checked in with your local web manager or web team? Every College and most Divisions have a manager or team who oversee the websites in their area. The level of support they offer ranges from offering high level advice to building websites. As a general rule, you should keep the local web manager informed of any web activity you are involved in so that they can ensure it fits within the larger structure.

You might also find it useful to consult your local IT support staff, as they are often able to help with hosting and URLs, and can influence your choice of system.

While the Marketing Office web team aren't in a position to build sites for you, we are certainly here to offer help and suggestions and we encourage you to check in with us in the early stages of your web project so that we can provide you with the best support.

Updated:  20 September 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Director Marketing/ Page Contact:  Webstyle