Compare features, costs, and platforms to select the best option for your new website.
|What is it good for?|
|What is it good for?||Ideal for smaller websites with relatively simple content and functional needs, utilizes a pre-built UChicago template||Small to medium websites created with pre-built UChicago page templates to accommodate the most common content needs||Working with a preapproved vendor, provides ability to design a unique website from scratch while complying with UChicago web policies and brand guidelines|
|Voices platform powered by Wordpress CMS||Vita platform powered by ExpressionEngine CMS||may vary by vendor|
|Hosting||IT Services (free)||IT Services ($)||External Hosting Provider ($)|
|Who can build?|
|Who can build?||Self-Service||IT Services||Preapproved Vendor|
|Simple forms only||Embed choice of form builder, e.g., Wufoo, Google Forms, etc.||Unlimited options, may vary with vendor|
|Online support; TechBar in-person support||ITS, 3-year Service Level Agreement (SLA)||Negotiable with vendor|
|Learn More||Learn More||Learn More|
There are a number of options to choose from at all budget levels. The self-service option is free to use, while the cost for advanced sites and custom web development varies based on the size and complexity of the website project.
The technical management of custom websites varies, but it is recommended to work closely with the custom web development vendor to ensure the site is being maintained according to UChicago policies and standards. Self-service and advanced websites are managed and hosted by IT Services; custom websites are typically managed by the web development vendor. ITS does not assume responsibility for content—the authors of web pages are responsible for the content of their pages.
View the best practices for selecting a domain name and complete the domain request form.
The UChicago website registry is critical to ensure a secure environment, and protect from vulnerabilities and cyber attacks. ITS can also update on critical upgrades to make sure the website is secure and protected.