Three Steps to Create Your New Website

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Getting a new website going requires a few straightforward steps:

1) Site Address: You'll need to decide if you want site address to have it's own top-level domain e.g. (  vs. locating the address within an existing departmental domain (e.g. If you choose the former, your new domain request (example below) will need to be approved by the campus hostmaster. We typically coordinate this process for ETS Sites customers. The new domain request will require a brief couple of sentences explaining the purpose of each site (example below). Such requests are typically approved without too much trouble.

2) Hosting: Next you'll need a service to "host" your web site. The ETS Sites service provides such hosting using the Drupal content management system, as do a few other divisional services. Drupal hosting requires periodic software updates to keep the website running securely and periodic "fixes". OIST charges an annual fee for Drupal website hosting as this includes the up-keep of the software powering the website and the time spent working with a website developer to install whatever features they need, provide email and webform integration, etc.

3) Site Design & Development: Finally, you'll need someone to design the website layout and implement whichever features you'd like to use. We recommend Ocean O' Graphics -- which is part of the UCSB's Marine Science Institute -- for this purpose. Because they're on campus, the business relationship fairly straightforward; although, you can contracting with an outside design shop, coordinating with external vendors can be a difficult and time-consuming process.


Example Top-level Domain Request

You can use our form to request a UCSB top-level domain. Below is an example request:

UCSB Subdomain Registration Form          
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   UCSB Subdomain Name:			
    Represented entity:	ISBER - Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research
    Primary nameserver:
            IP address:

  Secondary nameserver: default                 []
            IP address: default                 [DEFAULT=]

  Secondary nameserver: default                 []
            IP address: default                 [DEFAULT=]

    Associated Subnets:


     Technical contact: CNT Name
            Department: ISBER
                 Phone: 805.893.5555

         Control point: MSO Name
                 Phone: 805.893.5555



Example Statement of Purpose

This website supports the California Dropout Research Project (CDRP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara that produces research to inform policymakers and the larger public about the nature of - and potential solutions to - the dropout problem in California.  The project is directed by Russell W. Rumberger, Professor of Education in the Gevirtz Gradute School of Education.