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Roundup: Getting Started on Sites

Need to build and manage a website for university work? Want responsive and accessible themes that work well on phones, tablets, and desktop browsers? Looking for a self-service tool that requires little technical expertise and has all patches and upgrades handled at no cost? Stanford Sites is for you!

Post updated on May 20, 2015.

The Stanford Sites Drupal hosting service has many of the most popular Drupal modules and unique Stanford themes pre-installed. It’s customized for our academic environment and is available to current faculty, staff, and students free of charge, so you can use it to build your personal and department or group website. 

As of fall 2014, there are more than 1,400 websites hosted on Stanford Sites, and all are monitored and securely maintained by University IT. Training and support are available as well.

How to get started

Our Stanford Web Services team developed a "Getting Started on Sites" series. We're always adding more awesomely helpful tips to our blog, so add it to your favorite browser’s bookmark toolbar.

While the series can be read and studied in any order as needed, we’ve constructed the following list in the most sequential way to help guide you through getting started on Stanford Sites. 

  1. How to Request a new Drupal Site
  2. Configuring Your Personal Drupal Site
  3. How to Attach Documents to Your Content
  4. How to Add Images to Your Content
  5. Inserting Images in Your Content
  6. How to Add a Google Map to Your Website
  7. Image Styles
  8. Adding New Fields to Your Content Type
  9. What’s this “No front page content” about?
  10. Creating a New Content Type
  11. Improving the Node Edit Form
  12. How do I remove the “authoring information” on my page?
  13. Taxonomy
  14. Taxonomy Manager
  15. Adding a new user to your Stanford Drupal site
  16. Remove Users Account Privileges
  17. Creating a New View Mode
  18. Adding Google Analytics to your site
  19. Why you might want to request a development site
  20. Linking to a Profile on
  21. Creating a Personal Webpage: Just like the Jane Smith preview!