Best Practices

Campus Suite genuinely considers our best practices guidance "intellectual capital". Our years of experience, technical research, as well as our familiarity developing a wide variety of websites (large, small, educational, non-profit and the occasional corporate organization) has enabled us to build an extensive knowledge base. All plausible standards are built into our sites, wherever possible.

Our designers are constantly testing our sites in multiple environments and on various stationary and mobile devices. Although standards can be stretched quite far, we always recommend erring on the side of compatibility and proven techniques that work in the most popular and common platforms. We’ll know right away whether or not a particular function request will perform consistently (i.e. we’ll ensure compatibility everywhere).

Whenever Campus Suite is asked to use technology not yet fully adopted by industry "standards" (such as the “flaming logo” scooting across the screen) we’ll deter members from incorporating it. Instead we’ll guide them to an alternative solution that likely achieves their goal but works safely in a wider spectrum of environments.

The nature of design and function is subjective at best. Clients occasionally see something new they like on another site. That function may be using a leading edge technology not yet built or tested across the board. Here again, if the criteria of broad usage and industry acceptance is not met, we’ll strongly discourage its use.

Our process always seeks to follow best practices. Whenever Campus Suite is resistant to requests, please understand that we're trying to help you sidestep trouble. Some requests are known to lead to functional outcomes that can’t be controlled. Informing a client that we can’t break from our discipline is always a challenge, especially whenever they have seen it work elsewhere (albeit in a limited environment). We strongly caution members not to jeopardize their long term results. Following our lead will leave you with little to worry about.

Deviating from widely accepted standards, often results in devastating consequences. Simple as that. Most best practices are tried and true, while others are somewhat subjective. Having built every kind of educational site imaginable, solid, predictable functionality never falls out of favor, only the style and look of a design fades.

The Campus Suite "playbook" that is referenced often, helps governs our best practices. Clients can rest assured that we have their overall best interests at heart and we intend to reward those who rely on our dedication to serve them best.