Mississippi College

Web Guidelines

Code Standards

The preferred HTML document type for Mississippi College Web sites is  HTML5, though XHTML 1.0 Transitional, XHTML 1.0 Strict and HTML 4.01 (Transitional or Strict) may be used.  HTML code should be validated at

Browser Compatibility

Official University pages and sites should be checked for compatibility in the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 7.0+
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Google Chrome


All official university websites must fall under the domain as a subdirectory as a subdomain of  Appropriate examples include:


New domain names should not be registered or used for official university websites.


All official university websites must utilize analytics software such as Google Analytics.

External Links

Any links to sites not hosted on the domain must be related to the University's vision of academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ and must not imply endorsement by the University. 

Downloadable Documents

Unless documents should need to be edited, they should not be posted in proprietary, editable formats, such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, etc. unless the file must remain editable to the end-user. Documents should Web-optimized PDF.


MP3 is the recommended format for audio files posted on University sites.  44Khz, 16 bit encoding is recommended in order to maintain quality while keeping the file size as small as possible. Audio files should never be played on a Web page unless action is taken by a user to do so.

Flash video is the recommended format for video posted on University Web pages, though a video service such as YouTube or Vimeo is recommended. Downloadable videos may be provided in QuickTime or Windows Media format.

Outside of videos, Flash should not be used.