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We run a general purpose Web Content Management System (WCMS) based on Plone. It should be noted, however, that as of 2017 we are hoping to phase out this service and replace it with an EdWeb based equivalent.

  • Only Informatics Staff and research staff/students can request a new site, though anyone will then be able to use that site, depending on the access decided upon by the site manager (usually the person who requested the site).
  • Request a new site via the support form. Please include details about:
    • Who will be the site administrator.
    • A name and description of the site.
    • How long you expect it to be active for.
  • The URL for the site will default to<site_name>/ and can be setup quickly (providing it doesn't clash with an existing site). However, if necessary we can alias or proxy the site to almost any other URL, though this requires more effort and also depends on factors out with our control.
  • Authentication is via the Informatics Cosign service (, which means potentially anyone in the world could have access to your site unless suitable access restrictions have been applied. When applying for a site, say who your intended audience/collaborators are, and we can advise on how best to achieve this.
  • Users do not have file level access to the server.
  • We can't offer much advice on "skinning", but we can install add on Products if they are stable and potentially useful to other users of the site. Again, request these via the support form.
  • We have compiled some Basic instructions for Plone users.
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