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Stanford Sites

A self-service tool to build and manage websites at Stanford

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.

Drupal 8 is the new framework for Stanford Sites and is now available. The feature set for this version is ideal for public websites with static content and Stanford University branding. Starting in spring 2020, SWS will add functionality for more integrations, e.g., news, events, Stanford Profiles, and other features to follow. Visit the D8 Release Notes page for regular updates.

If you are interested in building on Stanford Sites Drupal 8, 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.,
Yearly renewals (you will receive an email when the time comes)
Archiving and retirement of un-renewed sites

Designed For

  • Stanford groups, such as departments, centers, research groups, conferences, programs, labs, and student groups
  • Individual faculty, students, and staff


A full-service SUNet ID

Data Security

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:

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

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Get Help

If you need help setting up your site, request assistance from Stanford Web Services. This support is available at below-market rates.

Other options:

Learn More

Knowledge articles and user guide

Training opportunities

Community of Practice

See Also

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Last modified May 19, 2020