While each department on campus will generally have their own Drupal host (ie, its.unca.edu and housing.unca.edu), we sometimes need to create new sites for special programs, projects, and topics. Below are the guidelines we use to determine whether a site needs its own host, or should live as a page on an existing site.
Do you have enough content?
Perhaps the most important criteria: New sites must have a minimum of 5-10 webpages worth of content. Note that PDFs don't count towards this minimum.
Will the website represent an official UNC Asheville program?
Hosting content on a university server lends it an air of authority and officiality. Certain centers, student organizations, and clubs have a relationship with campus, but do not necessarily speak for the campus. These sites should typically be built and hosted using Google Sites or another third-party vendor.
Is the content distinct from all the sites we currently have?
New sites need to have unique content that should logically stand separate from all other sites. If it's related to a department, project, or program already in place, consider adding your content to an existing site. It's important that we not duplicate content on our websites. Content should only be maintained by the authoritative source of that information.
Will your website have permanent staff or faculty dedicated maintaining it?
Each website must have someone responsible for keeping it up to date. That person must be a permanent staff or faculty member. If not, you'll need to identify someone who will be responsible for maintaining the site once it's live.
Will the website need to be maintained indefinitely?
New hosts generally should not be created for temporary or transient content. Guest speakers, conventions, and other short-term or one-time events can be advertised through news services. Informational pages can be added to the department sponsoring the event.
If you have a permanant need for a distinct site, and have a series of content-rich set of pages, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have your new site created. If your content doesn't meet these criteria, we can usually find an existing website to host your pages.