Your One-Stop Shop for UCSF Websites
This is a resource for anyone who creates, manages or supports a UCSF website. Learn how to get started, how to optimize your site, and important things to consider on this powerful platform.

Websites are one of our most powerful and versatile communications platforms. They offer an opportunity to reach your broadest audience, and they're often a chance to make a first impression to them. To be effective, they need to be intuitive, engaging and accessible.

Here are a few things to consider when creating your own website:

Build it into your budget: A custom website can cost in the tens of thousands to design and build, in addition to the ongoing costs of code maintenance and feature improvements.

Inclusion extends to digital: Public institutions are legally required to be digitally accessible, meaning all websites must accommodate visual, auditory, physical and other disabilities.

You get what you pay for: The quality of how your website was built impacts your search rankings. Poorly built or maintained websites may be flagged as spam by Google's algorithm.

Add style to substance: Strong, user-centered design is critical to a successful site - 38% of people will stop engaging with a website if the content or general layout is unattractive.

 

UCSF provides many resources to help you create and manage a high-quality website. Here you'll find:

 


screenshot of neurograd.ucsf.edu homepageUCSF Site Builder

The UCSF Site Builder is a Drupal-based turnkey template built and maintained by UCSF. It comes with a host of attractive features, including the ability to integrate with UCSF's events calendar, faculty and researcher profiles and news content. Best of all, it's free to use for anyone starting a UCSF site.

In fact, this entire site was made with the UCSF Site Builder. If you're looking for other examples, visit our showcase.

Learn more about the UCSF Site Builder »