Resources to Assist CIOs in Building an Organization Website


WordPress allows you to quickly and easily create interactive, collaborative and rich media websites for a variety of purposes, including CIO websites. It is easy to use and is best for small-scale projects. Themes, plugins and widgets are plentiful, easy to install, and, therefore, highly customizable.

Although available as a service on the open Web, UVa maintains its own customized WordPress server (called SHANTI Pages) and makes this service available for all members of the university community, including faculty, staff and students. Our installation of WordPress comes with dozens of themes with loads of plug-ins, but its simple interface allows for simple creation, customization and editing. Go from idea to publication in no time at all!

Note that there is a distinction between and the Wordpress platform offered through the University (UVAwordpress, for short).  There are pros and cons to using both platforms:

  • allows for increased customization when compared to the UVAwordpress, but increased customization comes with a cost. allows for cleaner, simpler URLs when compared to UVAwordpress. At the same time, UVAwordpress allows CIOs to create a domain name that includes “”. (SHANTI pages begin with
  • can present access/administrative rights issues for student leaders. For example, if the owner of the website graduates from UVA and does not transfer ownership of the website, maintenance and access can become challenging in Adding administrative users in the UVAwordpress platform is more easily done (and maintained) as users can assign roles via a Collab site.

Information and resources on creating a new website using Wordpress is available here.

SHANTI also offers an online Worpress tutorial which can be accessed here.



atUVA is the system of record for Contracted Independent Organizations and serves as the portal through which CIOs renew the CIO agreement. The portal also allows users to submit Hooview advertisements, maintain a roster of members, store documents, run election polls, create online forms, and document service hours. atUVA pages can be customized for each CIO and provide an easy to use interface for maintaining an online presence. 

To get started creating a page in atUVA, please visit:



Drupal is a flexible, feature-rich and powerful open source platform for building content-driven websites and user communities. Drupal is ideal for content-based projects that seek to organize and connect a variety of media and data. With its fine grained system of permissions and ability to create and link arbitrary content types, Drupal is ideal for projects where the goal is to link as many things as possible, and to discover, in the process, the patterns that connect them. Drupal is search engine friendly, and may be your best choice if you are planning to develop a large web-site especially if you want to highlight complex relationships between different types of content.

Information and resources on creating a new website using Drupal is accessible at:

Important Note about Creating a new Website for a CIO

The CIO agreement outlines how the organization should explain its relationship with the University. Specifically, in developing new web based content or communications, the CIO must identify itself as XYZ Club at the University.  “The University of Virginia XYZ Club” or any similar use of other University marks (e.g., “UVA Club” is not acceptable and can never be used in any form as part of a top level domain name.
Further, CIO website must prominently display a statement of non-affiliation on the “Home” page of any CIO website and any other pages that describe the structure of the CIO or its relationship to the University:

Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.



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