Stanford Sites is a free, self-service tool for building and managing websites for university work. It offers design flexibility, integration with Stanford systems, and substantial functionality through Drupal. Websites are hosted in the cloud on a system designed for fast performance and high availability.
The latest version of Drupal is now available on the Stanford Sites platform. The feature set for this version is ideal for public websites with Stanford University branding. Starting in spring 2020, SWS will add functionality for more integrations, and all websites hosted on the latest version of the service will receive these new features every 8-10 weeks. Visit the Release Notes page for information on recent and planned updates.
If you are interested in building on Stanford Sites Drupal Platform, follow this guide to get started.
|Feature||Group Websites||Personal Websites|
|Simple web interface — knowledge of HTML is not required||✓||✓|
|Responsive themes that work well on all devices||✓||✓|
|Accessible themes that offer assistive technologies for people with disabilities||✓||✓|
|Drupal modules that offer added features||✓||✓|
|Integration with SAML 2.0 for access control
*Note: Drupal 8 is not available yet for intranets or content behind Stanford authentication.
|Number of websites allowed||Unlimited||Limited to one|
|URL options||Choose a unique website name and vanity URL (website name must comply with the university's Name Assignment Policy)||URL includes SUNet ID username (e.g., sunetid.people.stanford.edu)|
|Yearly renewals (you will receive an email when the time comes)||✓||✓|
|Archiving and retirement of un-renewed sites||✓||✓|
- Stanford groups, such as departments, centers, research groups, conferences, programs, labs, and student groups
- Individual faculty, students, and staff
A full-service SUNet ID
According to Stanford data risk classifications, this service is not rated for high-risk data.
The Stanford Sites platform follows the minimal security standards for applications and platform of the service outlined here:
- Stanford Security Standards for Applications
- Stanford Security Standards for Softwares as a Service (SAAS)
Please refer to these policies for additional guidance:
Automated scanning tools
The use of automated scanning tools (Qualys, Accessibility Scanners, Link Checkers, etc.) are not permitted on production websites on Stanford Sites. If you are interested in utilizing these tools in a test/dev version of your site, please contact us for assistance.
Free of charge
If you need help setting up your site, request assistance from Stanford Web Services. This support is available at below-market rates.
Knowledge articles and user guide
Community of Practice
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