Administrative Suggestions

Before initiating a project, contact the team or individual responsible for communications within your college, school, or administrative unit. There may be resources or assistance available to help complete the project. This also ensures consistency in design, technology, and approach within subsections of the University and aids with administrative oversight.

Campus Communicators Directory

On Campus Options

Custom websites, from Marketing Communications

Utilizing Conductor, the University’s proprietary content management system (CMS), the Marketing Communications Web Team develops the University’s highest profile websites. Intended for colleges and schools, departments, administration, offices, institutes, and centers, the Marketing Communications team works with campus communicators to establish tailored strategy, design, and development for each project. Training and support are provided by the Web Team, and hosting is provided by the University.

Learn more about Conductor

Templated websites and blogs, on the sites.nd.edu network

Utilizing WordPress, the Marketing Communications Web Team offers straightforward, templated websites and blogs for the do-it-yourself-er. Intended for faculty, students, and groups with simple requirements, these sites are provided with University branded themes and templates, and are offered at no cost to the user. Hosting is provided by the University, but no custom design or development is currently offered on campus. The Office of Information Technologies offers basic Wordpress training for users that prefer this avenue.

Learn more about Sites.nd.edu

Comparing Options

  Conductor Sites.nd.edu Network (Wordpress)
Get started conductor.nd.edu sites.nd.edu
Description Web-based content management system with 550+ Notre Dame department and faculty websites Web-based content management and blogging with many themes and plugins
Samples uses
  • Departmental website
  • School or College website
  • Center or Institute website
  • Faculty site
  • Student clubs and organizations
  • Class site
Fees Depends on the website Free
Easy, web-based content editor Yes Yes
Built-in Notre Dame themes Yes Yes
Custom design and development Yes No
Programming experience needed No No
On Campus Training Yes, provided by Marketing Communications on a website-by-website basis. Yes, provided by OIT. Additional online training resources available.
On Campus Support Yes, provided by Marketing Communications. Minimal, provided by Marketing Communications.

Which web publishing platform is right for me?

Sites.nd.edu is a free WordPress website platform managed by Marketing Communications. Learn more about Sites.nd.edu

Do you want to use existing templates or create something unique to your website?

External Hosting Options

Custom Hosting

Depending on your needs, there are several options for hosting your website with selected vendors. Please contact your local IT staff to discuss hosting needs.

WP Engine

Most websites will use a content management system to help you manage your content, and the most popular system is WordPress. If you cannot use sites.nd.edu to develop your WordPress site, you may purchase an account with WPEngine. They specialize in WordPress hosting, offer 24/7 support, and are approved for University websites.

Who will create the website?

Conductor

Conductor is the University’s proprietary content management system (CMS) and hosts the University’s highest profile websites. Intended for colleges and schools, departments, administration, offices, institutes, and centers, the Marketing Communications team works with campus communicators to establish tailored strategy, design and development for each project. Training and support are provided by the Web Team, and hosting is provided by the University.

Sites.nd.edu

Utilizing Wordpress, the Marketing Communications Web Team offers straightforward, templated websites and blogs for the do-it-yourself-er. Intended for faculty, students, and groups with simple requirements, these sites are provided with University branded themes and templates, and are offered at no cost to the user. Hosting is provided by the University, but no custom design or development is currently offered on campus. The Office of Information Technologies offers basic Wordpress training for users that prefer this avenue.

Outside Web Development

Site owners are welcome to work with outside agencies (or on their own) to develop websites.

It is recommended that parties who choose to work outside the University contact Marketing Communications to discuss related implications. All websites must adhere to brand standards and meet certain hosting and technology specifications to qualify for University subdomains (example.nd.edu).

Other Important Considerations

Hosting

Hosting for Conductor-based websites and Wordpress-based sites on the sites.nd.edu network is provided by the University. For users that explore other solutions, hosting is available through Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technologies and third-party providers.

Contact OIT about Hosting 

Subdomains

All Conductor-based websites are assigned an nd.edu subdomain (example.nd.edu). Sites within the Wordpress-based sites.nd.edu network are automatically assigned an associated subdirectory (sites.nd.edu/example). Users who develop their work outside the University can apply for a subdomain. Approval of all subdomains is subject to University Brand Standards and other business considerations.

Learn about nd.edu subdomains

Brand Standards

All websites are subject to University brand standards for websites. Parties looking to develop a website should review brand standards before having any work completed. Adherence to web brand standards is required for subdomain approvals.

University Web Standards

NetFile

OIT is retiring the NetFile web space (www folder) where faculty, staff, and students previously hosted simple, static websites. New NetFile web accounts are not being created and existing NetFile websites should consider moving to Conductor, Sites.nd.edu, or a separate hosting environment.

Learn about the NetFile transition

Support

Having trouble with an existing website? Need advice on next steps? Our team is always happy to answer questions.

Contact the Marketing Communications Web Team