U of G Launches Cloud-based Hosting for Faculty and Research Websites

Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

The CCS Web & Development Solutions team is providing a new method for hosting faculty and research-based websites on the U of G domain. CampusPress provides a WordPress website-as-a-service offering that is widely used in higher education. Using this service, the Web team offers cloud-based, modern, accessible, easy-to-update websites for faculty, research labs, and research projects at a very low cost.

In the past, faculty and researchers used a legacy service that made it difficult for researchers to keep up with U of G branding and web accessibility requirements. CampusPress offers an intuitive, modern solution for these websites instead. Benefits include:

  • Powered by WordPress
  • Quick to create and launch a simple website
  • Self-serve documentation and help always available
  • Sites are themed to increase AODA and University brand compliance
  • No design or web development skills required
  • Secure platform with updates and patches provided by CampusPress
  • Uses custom registered domains (e.g., yoursite.com) or University subdomains (e.g., yoursite.uoguelph.ca)

The process to develop the service was a very consultative one, with the Web team forming a joint committee with Faculty & Academic Staff Relations that included faculty from almost all seven colleges. This helped to ensure that faculty needs were understood, and that the CampusPress service would be an effective alternative. We also worked closely U of G’s Communications & Public Affairs group to design a new, eye-catching, and customizable template. Finally, we worked together with CampusPress to onboard the platform and to build and roll out the template, and we are thankful for their support along the way.

The first handful of sites launched during Summer 2019, including U of G’s new One Health Institute.

For more information on this service, please visit the Faculty, Lab and Research Websites (CampusPress) page in the CCS Service Catalogue.