Requesting a Site
If you're new to using the CMS please schedule an initial consult. 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 site request form to submit the information outlined below.
Note: Existing CMS users may request another site by filling out the initial consult form; please specify on the form that you are an existing CMS user. You will then be provided a link to the full site request form.
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. You may designate multiple Project Leads if desired.
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
The name of the site as it will appear in the upper left corner of every page.
All CMS site URLs will begin with www.cmu.edu/ and should reflect an affiliation to the parent site. For example:
URLs are subject to approval and should follow the General Rules for URL Assignment.
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.