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.
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.
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.
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). For more information on Approved Web Hosting Providers, see the Knowledge Base article.
Other Important Considerations
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.
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.
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.
NetFile and www3
In 2017, OIT deprecated the www3 hosting platform where faculty, staff, and students previously hosted simple, static websites. New www3 accounts are not being created and existing www3 websites should consider moving to an alternate hosting platform to meet their changing needs.
Having trouble with an existing website? Need advice on next steps? Our team is always happy to answer questions.