Requesting a Site
If you're new to the CMS please schedule an initial consult with the CMS team. We will meet with you to learn more about your website goals and expectations. If it has been determined that the CMS is a good fit for your website needs, you will be provided with the official site request form requiring the information outlined below. Note: Existing CMS users may request the official site request form directly.
1. Site Ownership
The Project Lead is the primary person responsible for building and maintaining the site. The Project Lead is usually a faculty or staff member of the university, however a student may assume the role with the understanding that a replacement will be designated once the student leaves.
Both the Project Sponsor and the Project Lead may authorize requests to add or remove users from the site.
2. Site Information
The intended purpose of the site:
- Academic Department
- Administrative Department
- Research Group
- Center Lab
The name of the site as it will appear in the upper left corner of every page.
The desired URL for the site. URLs must follow the General Rules for URL Assignment and are subject to approval. Note: all CMS sites begin with www.cmu.edu.
Affiliations & Interdisciplinary
Affiliation with an officially recognized university unit, such as an academic or administrative department, and if interdisciplinary (i.e., it is affiliated with more than one academic department).
Specify if any of the content of the site will be related to any of the following:
- University policies
- Human Resources policies, practices, guidelines or procedures
- Student admission, registration, or financial information
3. Content Outline
The content outline is a list of the items you plan to place in the Primary, Secondary, and Header navigation as shown in the example below (you do not need to include the individual pages that will exist within each item).
Having a content outline prepared will make building your website easier. If you need help with this, please see Planning Your Website.