When you need a brand new website, or are converting a site from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7, a site will be created for you on the university's staging server.
This server is not accessible to the public and the pages you create are not live.
This gives you an environment where you can try out different options, layouts etc. and take your time developing your site without worrying about people accessing the information.
When you have completed your site and have all the information you want displayed in the way you want you place a request for your site to go live.
IT Services will move your site from the staging server to the normal production server and your pages will then be live to the public. The URL for your site will change from staging.uwindsor.ca/yoursitename to www.uwindsor.ca/yoursitename.
The technical process of making your site live will normally take 24-48 hours.
However, please note that before the technical process of going live can take place, PAC must conduct a site audit. Your site will be checked against a variety of guidelines and legislation that university websites must meet. The audit process can take multiple days depending on the size of your site and how many corrections are needed.
Your site cannot go live until it passes a site audit.