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Improve Your Site in 3 Easy Steps

Do You Want to Improve Your Site?

What would you do if you found out that an important link on your site was not only broken but had been clicked on over 100 times? Most likely, you’d log into WordPress and take care of the issue ASAP. Most of us (myself included) simply don’t have the time to go onto the sites we manage and click every link to make sure nothing is broken. In fact, on larger sites, such a thing could be a full-time job.

Likely you’ve heard the term “accessibility” or been told that we have to assure our websites are “accessible,” and that it’s a legal requirement. But how is that accomplished and where should you begin?

Enter, Siteimprove.

If you’ve visited the Single Sign-On Portal lately, you may have noticed a new dashboard tile, Siteimprove. In case you haven’t guessed it the Siteimprove tool will help you, well, improve your site! With fully automated checks for things like broken links, misspellings, and accessibility issues, Siteimprove is a content manager’s best friend.

If you are a key administrator or content manager on any of Palomar’s WordPress sites, please keep reading. The simple step-by-step guide below will help you start improving your site!

Getting Started

Step 1: Visit the Palomar College Portal and Login to Siteimprove

Click here to visit the Palomar College Portal and authenticate with your Palomar email username and password.

Siteimprove Step 1

Siteimprove Step 1

The dashboard tiles listed alphabetically and the Siteimprove tile is near the end of the page. If you are a Palomar faculty or staff member, the Siteimprove tile should be visible.

Siteimprove Step 2

Siteimprove Step 2

Next, click the Siteimprove dashboard tile to login to the tool. When you arrive at the Siteimprove dashboard, it will be empty.  That’s normal. Please proceed to the next step to populate your dashboard with the data for your specific site(s).

Siteimprove Step 3

Siteimprove Step 3

Step 2: Contact ATRC Support to Request Group Access

Click here to visit the Palomar College Portal again and authenticate with your Palomar email username and password if needed. Next, click the Academic Technology Support tile to get to the ATRC Support site.

Siteimprove Step 4

Siteimprove Step 4

At the first Academic Technology Support screen, choose the “Submit a Ticket” button. On the next screen, choose Websites > Siteimprove for the department and click “Next.”

Siteimprove Step 5

Siteimprove Step 5

Finish composing your message on the following screen, then click “Submit.”

IMPORTANT!! Please provide the web address(es) for the site(s) you manage in the message field.

Siteimprove Step 6

Siteimprove Step 6

Step 3: Log into Siteimprove and View Your Group Dashboard

After ATRC Support staff notify you that your group access has been updated, log into Siteimprove just as you did in step 1. This time, however, you should see a dashboard with several scores and opportunities for interaction with those scores.

Siteimprove Step 7

Siteimprove Step 7

Congratulations!

You are now officially on board with Siteimprove and can get started. For further training opportunities, please see the PD Portal and search for “Siteimprove,” or contact atrc@palomar.edu to request one-on-one training or information on other training resources.

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