Legacy Website Platform
The USCG Auxiliary legacy platform offers the most flexibility to users. We offer two (2) designs, the DWT & XML formats. Below is more information on each topic. If you have questions, please review the website requirements checklist. We also strongly recommend you join our Legacy platform user group.
If you are not sure what system is better for you please review the system system comparison list before deciding which system you would like to go with.
Legacy Platform Support
If you find yourself in need of help or support there are a few options:
- We recommended that you test and try out the WOW II Pushbutton content management system. Any level of unit can now use this system along with the three level left menu. No Coding Required!
- If you feel the error is in the design on the download, please report it to the National Help Desk.
- Talk with your local CS officers via Parallel staffing.
We strongly recommend that you consider, and test the WOW II Pushbutton platform. Users who have transitioned to the platform agree, it is the way-to-go! Best of all, as there is no coding, simply place text in an online form (like a computer document). A Flotilla Commander and Vice Flotilla Commander can update their own site, without the need of a CS officer.
The DWT template is a legacy platform, and is designed for tools supporting the creation of pages from a Dynamic Web Template (DWT) webpage. Examples of tools supporting the DWT include; Visual Studio, Expression Web and Dreamweaver. The header and left hand navigation is customized and developed in the DWT webpage in an editable regions format and are identified as a DWT webpage. Any additional pages are created from a DWT webpage, then the unique content is added.
The XML template is a step up from DWT, but less than a WCMS or "Pushbutton" website. The platform is designed for sites that have or need a large number of pages (i.e. district websites).
This template supports two tier navigation, however, remember WOW II supports three (3) level left navigation! The system where the template uses a separate file to dynamically create the left hand navigation. The left hand side navigation file is attached to every page when previewed in a web browser, just like the header and footer. This template can be used in many standard web development tools, such as visual studio and expressions web.
There is a requirement to know basic XML to use this template and should onlye be used on large sites.
CS officers can download the XML Legacy Template and install all in one simple click.