New Site Process

The following process takes place for all new sites within the Drupal system. The current version is Drupal 7.
The individual steps cannot be skipped.

Step 1 - Open a Site

Request a site on the D7 staging server

The staging server is private and not available to the public. You can take your time building your site.

Step 2 - Build the Site

Construct your site by creating or transferring content, building pages, menus, blocks etc.

In the University system, site editors or owners are expected to build their own sites and perform their own maintenance.

Any person with a valid UWin ID can be assigned as an editor for a private, staging website.
However, this is the stage to make sure you have a trained editor to maintain your site once it is live.
Editing rights to live Drupal 7 websites are restricted.

Read the Website Editing Policy

Step 3 - Audit the Site

Request a site audit (using a Help Ticket)

Every staging site must be audited for compliance with internal and external guidelines, especially the provincial Disabilities Act.
Your site cannot skip the audit process and go live immediately, regardless of timelines.
You will be sent an audit report with the corrections required.

Step 4 - Correct the Site

Make any corrections listed on the audit report. Site editors are responsible for correcting their own errors.
It is normal to have some errors to correct so please allow time for the entire audit process to take place (1-2 weeks).

Step 5 - Site Goes Live

Request approval to go live (using a Help Ticket)

Once approved your site will "go live” meaning it moves from the staging server to the production server and is now available to the public.
The staging site and any older sites being replaced will be deleted.

Your site will only be approved to go live if you have a trained editor in place to maintain the site.