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Before Requesting a Site

Please complete the following steps before requesting a site in the WCMS.

1. Accessing the WCMS requires users to be on an IU network or connected to the IU VPN. Learn more about the IU VPN on the IU Knowledge Base. Confirm you are using an IU network or can connect to the IU VPN.

2. Request a group account.

2. Establish an account with a website hosting environment such as IU's Linux hosting (IU Sitehosting) or IU's Windows hosting (WHE).

3. Direct a virtual hostname to your hosting environment. Learn more about IU virtual hostnames.

4. Obtain the IU Network username of an Administrative Sponsor (full-time faculty or staff) who will assume responsibility for the content published to the web and all activities within the WCMS. The Administrative Sponsor is ultimately responsible for the account and its use but is not necessarily the main contact or the primary webmaster.

Note: Student groups can use the WCMS to manage and publish university-related web content as long as their Administrative Sponsor is a full-time faculty or staff member and assumes responsibility for the account and its use.

5. Obtain the IU Network username of the Site Manager. The Site Manager must be different than the Administrative Sponsor and is often the main contact or primary webmaster. One exception would include faculty requesting an account and site for personal university use.

6. Review the WCMS Policies.

Please note only Public and University-internal data are suitable to be stored in the WCMS. Restricted and Critical data cannot be stored in the WCMS. For definitions of Public, University-internal, Restricted, and Critical data, see Types of data. Federal and state protected data, human subjects research data, and passwords cannot be stored in the WCMS. For more about data classifications, see About sensitive data at IU.

Determine the Type of Site

WCMS user accounts are associated with WCMS Sites. Each WCMS Site has an Administrative Sponsor and a Site Manager. Contact the Site Manager of a specific site for access to their Site. Contact for help identifying a specific Site's Site Manager.

There are three types of Sites you can request:

1. A blank or empty Site where you can create content from scratch.

2. A copy of an existing Site where you can build on previous work or use a unique framework.

3. An IU Web Framework Site using branding and assets provided by IU Communications.