Answer to the MFAQ:

When your page says "Coming Back Soon: Down for maintenance," it IS functional. I supply your developmental pages in Maintenance Mode to avoid confusion with your live sites. Tutorial 7 has a page about it.

Read the paragraphs below for more essential information

What you need to know from the beginning:


There is a philosophy behind IMCOM Enterprise Web that explains why we work the way we do. It's contained in our White Paper.

Follow the Tiered Menu Layout. If you don't have a copy, contact IMCOM HQ PAO.

There are three areas on the front page: Menu/Header, body and footer. The menu is to be the same across all installations -- that is, if you have a page on a subject, look it up in the Tiered Menu Layout, place it where it belongs and use the name in the TML. If you have a page that doesn't fit, it falls below the other pages in the category. More on the categories later.

The second area is the body. Each installation is free to adjust the content of the body to fit the mission. We provide a basic layout to get you started, but if you don't want to run a large rotator at the top of the page, you are free to replace it. Do not change the basic color scheme or fonts -- it's designed to fit the Army standard.

Finally, the footer is divided into four columns. The top of column 1 contains Army-mandated links. Column 2 contains mandatory logo links - ACS, ICE, SHARP, etc. - followed by garrison logos. Column 3 is for garrison links. Column 4 is reserved for IMCOM. 

The four main menus are About, Contact, My Fort..., and Units/Tenants.

The About menu DESCRIBES the installation. Who are the leaders, What is the mission, Where is it located, What is its history. The Garrison submenu lists the offices and directorates -- a description of the garrison.

The Contact menu gathers all the ways for our communities (audiences) to get in touch and get the information they need in as few clicks as possible. They shouldn't have to drill down if they know what they're looking for.

My Fort is the SERVICES portal. It is actually a set of portals directed at the various communities (or audiences) we serve: Soldiers, Families, Civilians (Employees), with a special page for Newcomers and optional portals for Mobilization, Training and Veterans services. Since "portal" is a jargon word, we call these Guides. Each guide has space for local programs and links to service pages most useful to them. Any service the garrison offers (and you can see the list in the TML) should have a Service page and be linked to the Guide pages for the communities they support.

Fortunately, that can be done by checking a box on the page. Services and Guides are one of several automated processes available in IMCOM Enterprise Web. Please get familiar with how they work before moving forward (Read Tutorials 2a and 7:

  • Leadership and Leader Bio pages
  • Garrison and Directorate pages
  • My Fort, Guides and Services pages
  • Phonebook and Service Data Boxes (coming)
  • The top-level pages: About, Contact, My Fort, Units & Tenants
  • Calendar (in version 8.3)

We have an active community building IEW and solving problems. Get on our mailing list by contacting Neal Snyder (Neely.A.Snyder.civ on the Global), dial in to our Thursday meetings and join our forum.

There's more information to come. For now, please read the tutorials and feel free to contact us.

This page serves as a reference and training portal for IMCOM developers and editors. You will find:

  • Examples of blocks and their use
  • Tutorial documents
  • Links to more help
  • Quotes from Moby Dick used as filler. Really.

Text Block:

This is how a headline link appears

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago -inline link never mind how long precisely - (a bold link) having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.

Notice how you can wrap text around a photo

Simply use the image tool in the edit bar and place the photo in text. Then click the photo. You can drag to resize, then click the black box in the center to change wrapping preferences and make a link out of the image.

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off - then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.