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Getting Started on Sites: How to Request a Personal Drupal Site

This blog post is the first in a series on setting up your personal Drupal site on Stanford Sites.

The Stanford Sites Drupal hosting service is a free service for the Stanford community that provides centrally-maintained and supported Drupal modules pre-installed. These modules are hand-selected to support website needs found in our academic environment, so you easily could use it to build your department, group, or personal website. Stanford Sites is available to all Stanford faculty, staff, and students with SUNetID.

  1. To get started, request a Stanford Sites website by visiting
  2. Select "Create a new individual instance" for your own personal site which will reside at If you are requesting a site for your department or group, click "Create a new instance for a group or department" – you will need to already have an AFS webspace in order to do this.

    Create a new individual instance

  3. Once you have selected your option, in this example we have selected the individual instance, you will be taken to a new page to fill out and submit the request form.

    Drupal request form for an individual instance

    Tip: For the user account “admin” you must set a password. Mix upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters to create a strong one.

  4. After you click the "Submit" button, it takes up to an hour for your newly requested site to be installed. When the site is ready, you will receive an email from “Stanford Sites” with the subject " site ready".
  5. Follow the install link in the email message to complete the installation of your new Drupal site.

 Check back for the next blog post that will include easy to follow instructions on configuring your personal Drupal site.