Department Websites

In today's "online" world, it's necessary for departments on campus to have a presence on the internet. The University offers two options for setting up a departmental website:

NOTE: Owners and editors of all University websites are required to complete Basic Web Accessibility training before a request for a website can be submitted. Sign up for training on the TLT website.

Content Management System

The University maintains a Content Management System (CMS) that makes managing websites easier. The CMS allows you to use templates to build and edit websites quickly. The system is managed by the Office of Marketing & Communications.

To use the CMS, you will need to make a request to your division leader (Dean or Vice President) who will then take the request to the Executive Director of Marketing & Communications.

This OIT website is developed on the CMS.

Self-Managed Hosting

If you would like to design your website from scratch, OIT offers space on our Windows web servers. These servers allow for websites coded with HTML, CSS, and ASP. For security reasons, PHP is not supported as a programming language on these servers.

Please note, the OIT department is unable to provide training on how to develop a website. Many departments who chose this option for their website employ an in-house web developer. If you would like to set up a department website using this method, please contact us.

Instructions for connecting to your departmental site, can be found here:

The only instance of WordPress that IT is able to support is located at WordPress is a content management/blogging system ideal for department groups that want to share news and events - although WordPress has much greater capabilities. The OIT blog is built on the University WordPress instance.

Faculty and Staff may request a blog by following this process:

  1. Contact OIT Support to request the new blog site. You will need to tell them:
    1. Your NetID
    2. Your preferred blog site address (which must be in the form of
  2. The blogs administrator will then create the site and assign the necessary permissions.

Please note: For security purposes, is not as open as a regular installation of WordPress. For this reason, any custom themes or plugins must be installed by the blogs administrator after they have been checked for any potential exploits or vulnerabilities.