- Be approachable. Our content isn’t designed to be a one-way street; we want visitors to engage in conversation with us. Don’t adopt a haughty or distant tone that will turn them off from connecting with us further. Avoid jargon and buzzwords. Users are turned off by content that talks at them instead of with them. Use a more conversational tone.
- Use active voice: Writing in the active voice is more clear, conversational, and engaging than the passive voice. In the active voice, the subject of the sentence performs the action. In the passive voice, the subject is acted upon.
- Active voice: Professor Woods gave a great lecture in class this morning.
- Passive voice: A great lecture was given by Professor Woods in class this morning.
- Create once, publish everywhere. Do not duplicate content that exists elsewhere on the university website. Duplicate content can appear in search engine results and cause confusion for users regarding which content is the right source. It can also negatively impact search engine result rankings. Additionally, duplicate content becomes a risk for misinformation if one page is updated and the other is not. It's easy for duplicate content to become out-of-sync and outdated. Common examples of duplicate content include tuition information, course descriptions, faculty profiles, etc.
Steps to avoid duplicate content:
When logged into Drupal, on the content page, click on the tab for “Search and Replace Scanner.”)
Search the wpi.edu website for the content in question using the search box in the upper right corner.
If the content you’d like to include already exists, link directly to the original source rather than duplicating it.
Also, please be mindful of plagiarism, whether it’s intentional or unintentional. Plagiarism and copying someone else's intellectual property is not only unethical, but is also a copyright violation.