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New website requests

This page provides guidance on how to request a new website and provides the different options available to UCL departments.

There are three options for new websites:

  1. A UCL-branded website on www.ucl.ac.uk built in the central Drupal content management platform. See the Digital Experience SharePoint for more information on our content management transformation programme and rationalisation of the digital estate: Content Management Transformation (UCL login required)
  2. A UCL-branded website that cannot be hosted in Drupal or on www.ucl.ac.uk may be a candidate for UCL's new site builder service. This is coming later this year. If your content cannot be hosted in the Drupal CMS, please contact: webhosting-support@ucl.ac.uk
  3. A non-UCL branded website or non-Drupal site such as Wordpress, for example to support a multi-partner initiative where UCL is not the lead partner or where the site needs functionality not supported by Drupal.

Website for a multi-partner project:

  • If the UCL is the lead partner, follow the steps for 1. a UCL branded website built on Drupal.
  • If UCL is not the lead partner, follow the steps for 3. a non-UCL branded website.

1. I'd like a UCL branded website, built on Drupal

This process is to request a new, top level UCL branded website on the ucl.ac.uk domain built on Drupal, the university's centrally-managed content management system.

The UCL Domain and URL Eligibility Committee have the final approval on new top level website requests. Follow the steps listed on the Digital Experience Sharepoint site

2. I'd like to explore the site builder service for a non-Drupal site

If you require a website that cannot be on Drupal you may be eligible to use UCL's new site builder service. This is coming later this year.

  • Discuss your request with your departmental Computer Representative. 
  • If your Computer Representative approves the request, you should then contact webhosting-support@ucl.ac.uk to register your interest.

Find out more about the rationalisation of UCL's legacy webhosting platform

3. I'd like a non-UCL branded website outside the ucl.ac.uk domain

You will need to follow the procurement process for:

  • non-UCL branded websites, for example, to support a multi-partner initiative where UCL is not the lead partner
  • websites which require functionality that is not available in Drupal such as member login for non-UCL users
  • web hosting for sites built on a content management system such as Wordpress

No web training or support is available for this option but Procurement Services can advise on the procurement process.

  • You will need to follow the procurement process. This includes sourcing your own suppliers and web hosting companies. These sites will not have UCL branding or a ucl.ac.uk URL