Accessibility statement

Web authoring and development

You can publish content using several platforms. To help you choose the best one, consider your audience, their expectations, and how you’ll maintain the content. Here's an overview of what's available.

  • Web Content Management System (CMS) – for official University content, published on the University website. Pages are generally public but can be restricted to specific groups if needed. Trained staff can create and edit content. Alternatively, staff can request a web edit.
  • Wiki – intended for departmental, internal or informal staff content, but it can also be used for students on a smaller scale. Pages can be restricted to specific groups or shared more widely. All staff can create and edit content.
  • Google Sites – for hosting other content, eg web pages for a conference with an external audience. All staff can create and edit content. You can also share sites and editing access with people outside the University.

Web spaces versus documents

Sometimes, an online document is the best option rather than a web space.

Google Docs are great for creating and sharing traditionally formatted documents. You can collaborate and co-author with others in real time or restrict editing altogether. Documents are self-contained but can be linked through hyperlinking or by storing them in a shared Google Drive.

Alternative tools

If none of these systems meets your needs and you wish to write or deploy custom systems, please contact IT Services. We can provide or broker a wide variety of options including external hosting for PHP, R/Shiny and other languages or virtual server hosting on campus (Linux or Windows).