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Steps to Creating a New Web Site

Site Design Options

Auxiliary units have two (2) choices when contemplating building a new, or overhauling an obsolete, unit website. First is to create a classical HTML website using the Auxiliary web server, or space on a third party web server. Such a website, offers the highest level of creativity, control, size, and flexibility to the CS officer, but requires highly specialized web programming skills. Second is to create a CMS “pushbutton” site using the Auxiliaries WOW system. WOW allows units – even those without CS officers – to easily create basic sites.

Hosting & Storage

Units constructing a classic website may have it hosted wherever they wish - providing the resulting web site meets the national site requirements (e.g., no commercial advertising). However, any unit – flotilla, division or district – may have their site hosted at no charge on a National web server. Such sites, called “AIRS” sites (for Auxiliary Internet Resource Site), are configured on request via the National IT Group, following the procedure below, but are otherwise maintained by the individual units via a control panel. As with any other HTML site, the unit develops the site on a PC, and then uploads it to the server.

All AIRS sites and WOW sites are subject to storage limits of 15 megabytes (MB) for flotillas, 20 MB for divisions, and 25 MB for districts.

CS officers can find their official WOW site by clicking here.

The basic CS officer website creation process:

  1. The unit decides they need an Auxiliary Website. 

  2. A CS officer is appointed. The CS officer needs to be listed as such in AuxData in order to get edit rights to the site.

  3. If a CS officer chooses to use WOW for their website, then a CS officer can skip the next 3 steps. Any CS officer that intends to build an AIRS website MUST continue on to the next steps.   

  4. Then the CS officer notifies the DSO-CS**, by email requesting an AIRS web site and the DSO-CS will complete the online form requesting space on the national Web server which includes all the necessary information to complete the request (see the AIRS Site Request form.). Note: AIRS forms can only be completed and submitted by the DSO-CS.

  5. National staff will create space on the server and provide the access information to the Division or Flotilla CS officer.

  6. The CS officer builds the website. The site being built must meet all of the website requirements to be approved. WOW sites must also meet these requirements to be used. These requirements are specified on the checklists available on the IT Group home page.

  7. The CS officer presents the new website to the unit leadership. The elected unit leadership must approve the web site to allow it to be published.They also have final say of all content.

  8. The CS officer requests the DSO-CS to submit the site for national approval. The DSO-CS reviews the site to confirm that it meets all national requirements, and if it does, requests National to review and approve the site.

  9. The national staff reviews the Website and either approves it or asks for corrections. Once approved, national sends an email to the CS officer and adds this new site to the Flotilla Finder and the PE Course Database.