Separate from our work on academic department websites, we host and build websites for many other kinds of A&S units and projects. Collectively, we refer to these as sub-units, programs, and projects, or SUPPs.

SUPPs include a wide range of non-department entities, including the following:

  • academic programs such as interdisciplinary majors/minors/concentrations
  • service centers and institutes
  • research groups and labs
  • facilities that provide services to A&S departments, such as the Map Library and Mass Spectrometry Facility
  • research projects, such as grant-funded projects
  • special programs of the Dean’s Office or A&S Student Services

We also provide course blogs for faculty members; complete the website request form if you are interested in starting one.

We do not provide personal websites for faculty or staff members; people.ua.edu is the University’s resource for that service.

Students seeking web space for student organizations or other purposes should contact The Source.

Services Provided

We offer three tiers of service to meet the diverse needs of A&S faculty and staff:

Build-to-Launch (BTL)

Build-to-launch sites are assembled by eTech staff using templates available within our existing themes. We provide assistance with organization, content development, photography, and occasionally, design of specific graphic elements.

BTL sites are produced in six weeks, measured from the date the beta site (a nonpublic site we use to build websites) is opened. The beta site will be opened only after we receive certain basic content; these requirements are covered in detail on “Content Requirements for SUPPs Sites.”

At or before the end of weeks two and four, we’ll provide site components for review. Depending on how the project flows, we may send you links to review at other points in the process, too.

At the end of week six, eTech will take the site live.

After launch, the site owner/s will receive WordPress training from eTech, and then we turn over the site to them.

eTech staff are available to provide content and technical support as needed, but responsibility for routine post-launch content changes rests with the site owner/s.

Do-It-Yourself (DIY)

DIY sites are WordPress sites hosted by eTech but built entirely by the faculty and staff who own them. While we offer technical support and advice for DIY sites, we do not provide any design or editorial services.

For a DIY site, we secure the URL and open up a beta (nonpublic) site for development. The beta site will be opened only after we receive certain basic content; these requirements are covered in detail on “Content Requirements for SUPPs Sites.”

The client then has six weeks, measured from the date the beta site is opened, to build the site to a launch-ready state. Should he or she fail to do so, we’ll shut down the beta site and start the process over again when the client is ready.

We check in on DIY sites in weeks two and four to make sure there are no problems and development is occurring.

Before any DIY site launches, we scan the site for accessibility issues; these must be fixed by the client before the site goes live. The accessibility scan will be done during or before week 5.

All Assembly Required (AAR)

For the small percentage of A&S faculty and staff who want to build their own sites from scratch, whether hand-coded or using a CMS, we offer bare-bones service: We’ll provide hosting space and cPanel access but no development, editorial, or design help. The client then has six weeks to assemble the site to a launch-ready state. Should he or she fail to meet the six-week deadline, the client’s cPanel access will be suspended. When the client is ready to finish the site, he or she can submit a new website request form.

We check in on AAR sites in weeks one, three, and five to make sure there are no problems and that active development is occurring. Before any AAR site launches, we review the site for accessibility and usability issues; these must be fixed by the client before the site goes live. The review will be done during or before week five.

Where to Start

If you are an A&S faculty or staff member looking to build a non-department website, including a course blog, start by completing our website request form. We will email you within one week after you submit the form to set up a meeting. Before the meeting, please read “Content Requirements for SUPPs Sites.”