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Silva and Indigo

Indigo is the design pattern library that works with our CMS Silva and makes UCL websites responsive. This means they are usable, accessible and look good on all devices and screen sizes.


Moving your site to Indigo has the following benefits:

  • Responsive: works well on all devices
  • Accessible: helps us meet our legal obligations
  • On-brand: helps us create sites that reflect the UCL brand and allow individuality of content to shine through
  • Process of moving is fully supported by Digital Presence
  • Essential for migration to Drupal


If your site is not yet using Indigo, please ask the Chief Editor of the website to contact web-support@ucl.ac.uk requesting migration to Indigo.

The migration involves the following:

  1. You contact us and we agree with you on a good time to migrate the content.
  2. We email you the new address where you will find your site now using the Indigo Template.
  3. You spend time adjusting the site to Indigo: resizing images, moving things around, improving the layout - be aware that a change freeze is necessary so don't spend ages!
  4. How long will it take me? This will depend entirely on how well-organised your site was before it was migrated, how large the site it, if you want to make many changes to the structure etc.
  5. We do recommend you do it as fast as you can because your new site will soon be out of sync with the live site... !
  6. You contact us telling us the site is ready and we make the site - now in Indigo - live at the next available weekend.
  7. We expect the Chief Editor to do the work and be familiar with Silva and have done the Silva Plus with Indigo course.

From July 2015 all our new sites have been built using the Indigo pattern library.

Indigo resources

All you need to know about Indigo including menu and palette choices, images, UCL sites that use Indigo and more:

Detailed how-to information on building an Indigo site on our service pages:

Indigo latest news and service updates on the blog:

Read our FAQs on Indigo:

Why do I have to migrate to Indigo Silva before migrating to Drupal?
How easy is it to move my Silva site to Indigo Silva templates?
Do I need training before being able to use Indigo Silva templates?
Where do I start?
Should I move to Indigo sooner rather than later?
When can I move my site to Drupal?
What happens if our site doesn't migrate to Indigo?
We haven't got the resources to migrate our site to Indigo. Could you help?
Can I move a non-Silva site to Indigo?

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