Our goal is to provide an easy way to create and maintain a basic website or blog using a web-based Content Management System (CMS). We have chosen WordPress as it has an easy-to-use interface and is scalable to accommodate many websites on campus.
- Free. No charge to use the service.
- Easy-to-use interface, no HTML expertise needed.
- Web-based editing, no desktop software needed
- Multi-user environment with role-based access which allows others to help manage the content on your website. (All users must have UCInetIDs.)
- Built-in version control
- Built-in Search
- RSS Feeds
- Embed images and video for a multi-media experience
- Drag-and-drop menu management
- Website is hosted for you
- Nightly system backups (Our retention policy is 4 months of backups.)
- *Custom Domain
* If you have another domain, we can map your sites.uci.edu address to your other domain if it is within UCI.EDU. We cannot do .org or .com URLs due to our authentication method. You may need to consult with your local computer support person for help. It does need to be a sub-domain or top level domain vs. a sub-directory. For example, johndoe.bio.uci.edu vs. bio.uci.edu/johndoe/.
- Only faculty, staff, and graduate students can create a site or blog. Undergraduates can be added to an existing site in any role by the site administrator.
- This is a shared host. Currently we host more than 2,000 small websites and blogs. We do not recommend this service for departments or other large websites.
- Limited to editing via the WYSIWYG toolbar (with some basic HTML allowed).
No programming access.
- No FTP access.
If you have a website created in Dreamweaver or another web development program, you will not be able to upload your HTML pages. All of your content (Posts and Pages) reside in a database. You can recreate the pages and copy and paste the content.
- All website contributors (authors, editors, etc.) must have a UCInetID to login.
- Limited to installed plugins.
We are very conservative in our approach to adding new plugins. Each new plugin has potential software conflicts, security risks, and may slow the down the system for all sites. In addition, as an open source product, there are thousands of possible plugins in the WordPress repository. These can and do get abandoned, making retiring them and replacing them an ongoing challenge. Requests for new plugins will be added to a list for evaluation and possible addition if the demand is great enough.
- Limited to installed themes.
We offer approximately 30 themes including the default UCI theme created by Strategic Communications which follows campus branding. Many of our themes are customizable, allowing you to make changes to better suit your needs. Styles (fonts, etc) are not editable unless you know CSS well. We do have a Custom CSS Manager plugin that allows you to override the themes styles using CSS.
- Limited Media Storage – As a shared service we limit media storage to 250MB. We recommend resizing images and documents before uploading to save space.
Faculty also have the option to use Faculty Websites. Faculty Websites are similar with the following differences.
- We create the site(s) for you upon request.
- Media Storage is 1 GB.
- We create a template website with sample pages to make getting started easier.
- Learn more about Faculty Websites
More Robust Needs?
You may find that your needs are more than we can accommodate with Sites.uci.edu. If that is the case, there are other options:
- Check with the local IT department in your school.
They may have web hosting or other services that can be more customized.
- OIT offers advanced web hosting for a fee.
If you have the funding, you can opt to pay for advanced web hosting in which you can install your own WordPress and customize it to suit your needs.