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Website Approvals

IU’s updated website approval process ensures that university sites are compliant, accessible, and strategic. Requests for websites will be evaluated at the outset to determine if proposed sites will align with IU’s long-term goals and objectives, will be informed by IU’s upcoming content strategy, and will be accessible and search engine optimized.

Site owners will be required to sign a form attesting to long-term commitment to maintenance and compliance. Forthcoming policy will outline more changes to requirements for website owners.

Your request may not be approved if the evaluators determine that a website is not necessary or appropriate for your content.

What to expect when you request a website

  1. Submit the website request form

    If you believe your unit or organization needs a website, fill out and submit the website request form.

  2. Request is reviewed

    The request will be reviewed to determine if a website is necessary.

  3. Request is approved or denied

    If the request is approved, you will be allowed to proceed with requesting a virtual URL, hosting, and a Web Framework copy. If the request is denied, you will receive a message with that information and alternative options for your content.

  4. Test website is created

    You will be given access to a test site where you can add content.

  5. Test website is reviewed

    When your test site is complete, you’ll submit it for a required review for accessibility, content quality, and a privacy policy.

  6. Website is launched

    Once your site is approved, you can deploy it and make it public. Congratulations!

What will not be approved?

The following site requests will not be approved. Check the alternatives to standalone websites for other possibilities for your content.

  • Data for file storage only and not available for public access
  • Sites that will be live for less than three years
  • Sites for an individual degree program
  • Sites that host course materials
  • Sites for a conference or one-time event
  • Sites made primarily for a short, easy to read URL
  • Sites for a student organization
  • Sites intended to be a blog
  • Sites only for news and stories

Alternatives to standalone websites

If your website request is not approved, one of the following alternatives may be a good option for your content:

LiveWhale Storyteller for news and stories

LiveWhale Storyteller is a web-based application that helps you easily create, tell, and promote stories in any content management system. The IU Newsroom is built on this application.

Canvas for course materials

Canvas is the primary learning management system (LMS) for IU and the main tool for teaching courses. If you’re new to Canvas, check out Getting Started with Canvas as an Instructor. For more information, visit the Canvas Instructor Guide or the Canvas at IU page in the Knowledge Base.

Go.IU for a short, simple URL

IU faculty, staff, and students can use Go.IU to create a custom URL that’s short, easy to remember, and trackable for marketing purposes.

IU Blogs

The university provides IU Blogs for faculty, staff, and students who would like to publish a blog. All IU Blogs use an IU-branded WordPress template.

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Request a website

Is a website the right choice for your content? Complete the form to submit your request.
Fill out website request form


The review process takes about a week and you may be contacted with follow up questions. If your website ist approved, you’ll receive information about next steps. If your request is denied, your ServiceNow ticket will be updated with that information.

There are no costs associated with creating Sitehost or Sitehost Test accounts.

A virtual host is required for the framework — you should request an SSL certificate for security.

The WCMS Terms of Use can be found in the Knowledge Base.

For technical assistance, contact Tier 2 Support. For site development and coding support, contact University Communications and Marketing.