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Sites 2.0 Vision and Strategy

Imagine a future state where all websites at Stanford are hosted in the cloud, and you can count on high performance, exceptional user experience, and seamless business continuity in the event of a regional natural disaster. This is exactly the vision for the Sites 2.0 project, led by two University IT teams: Stanford Web Services (SWS) and Central Infrastructure Applications (CIA). This project directly supports UIT’s Cloud Transformation Initiative.

The initial goal of the Sites 2.0 project focuses on migrating existing websites from the on-campus Stanford Sites platform to cloud-based, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions. Future phases will include developing new tools for building and managing websites in the cloud.


The Sites 2.0 project benefits you if:

  • You or your group or department currently maintain a website on Stanford Sites.
  • You are planning to launch a website at Stanford in the future.
  • You are a visitor to websites hosted on Stanford Sites.

Websites that load fast

Enjoy the benefits of optimal performance and speed with cloud-based hosting. Working on your site is faster for you, and leveraging your site is easier for visitors.

Flexible, scalable hosting

Trust that your website will be reliable because it — and the platform as a whole — will scale to meet demand when needed.

Improved business continuity and disaster recovery

Keep your website available for continued business operations in the event of a regional disaster, thanks to data centers distributed across the globe.

Compliance and integration with Stanford policies, guidelines, and tools

Stay compliant with campus web styles, accessibility policies, and Minimum Security Standards. Easily integrate with systems such as Stanford Events Calendar, Stanford Profiles, Explore Courses, SUNet authentication, and more.

Better web portfolio management

Be empowered by user-friendly dashboards, enabling you to see all the websites you manage in one place.

Power tools for SWS development partners

Develop Jumpstart products with SWS and gain tools to quickly clone, backup, and launch new websites designed specifically for your school or unit.

Project Roadmap

First Pilot: Fall Quarter 2017

Conduct a pilot phase with the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences to migrate approximately 10-30 websites to Acquia Cloud Site Factory (ACSF), a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for managing large numbers of Drupal 7 or 8 websites.

Scaling Service + Second Pilot: Winter and Spring Quarter 2018

Based on lessons from the initial pilot, revise the Acquia Cloud Site Factory (ACSF) configuration and migration process, undertaking efforts to operate the service at scale. Continue with a second pilot migration with the Graduate School of Education.

Full Migration: Starting Summer Quarter 2018

Migrate more than 2,000 Stanford Sites websites, leveraging ACSF. This platform will be used for hosting existing sites, deploying and hosting new sites, and enabling portfolio managers to support collections of sites.

View the What to Expect page for information about the migration process.


We’d love to hear your feedback on our plan and your desires for the future of web at Stanford. Contact the Sites 2.0 team.