The Krieger Web Services Team hosts sites for Krieger School departments, programs, and faculty. All custom websites will have a url on the domain (i.e and be built in WordPress.

WordPress runs on a managed, shared environment with many themes and plugins pre-installed. Therefore, you don’t have to purchase any software or hosting. Maintenance is handled by the Communications Office. You simply need to manage the website through your browser.

All Web Services’ hosted websites are intended to be publicly available.

  • We do not build websites for events, conferences, or courses,
  • nor provide support for content that is classified as “restricted” or requires authentication or password-protection.

Users who are looking for a limited-access website or internal website should consider a Sharepoint communications (for disseminating to larger groups) or teams (for small groups) site. Otherwise, users should place sensitive and secure documents on a University IT-approved tool, set appropriate permissions therein, and link to it from the WordPress site.

Understanding what sites we support

  • KSAS Web Services manages websites for academic departments, programs, centers, and institutes (DPCI) that are classified as full-time, on-campus undergraduate and graduate programs (Homewood) under the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences in the Academic Catalog.  
    • We train and work with administrators in each DPCI to ensure content accuracy, quality assurance, and familiarity with our WordPress content management system.  
  • If requested, personal websites for faculty, faculty labs, or special department-related student groups are managed by the KSAS Web Services team. Any student group must be registered with the Office of Student Leadership and housed within a KSAS department.  
    • The team will work with users in each entity to ensure content accuracy and quality assurance but may not provide detailed training.  
    • The KSAS Web Services may recommend that these sites be managed elsewhere.
  • Websites for offices or entities that specifically serve KSAS students, faculty, and/or staff; and are organizationally within the Krieger School are usually managed by the KSAS Web Services team. 
    • The team will work with administrators to ensure content accuracy and quality assurance. 
    • Depending on the intended audience and project scope, the office or entity may be encouraged to manage their web presence themselves as a university Sharepoint site, or on the Universal WordPress theme managed by Central Communications and JHU’s Technology Innovation Center (TIC). 
  • Websites for offices or entities that are organizationally within either KSAS or WSE, but serve all undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and/or staff across the two schools on the Homewood campus will be reviewed by the KSAS Web Services team, who will advise about proper governance.  
    • The KSAS Web Services may decide to have these sites managed by the university’s Office 365/Sharepoint solution, WSE, or the universal WordPress theme and setup. 
  • Websites for offices or entities that may be organizationally housed in KSAS but serve students, faculty, and/or staff for the wider university community beyond the two schools on the Homewood campus will be managed by the TIC and their universal WordPress theme and setup, or by external vendors if the universal theme will not work for their site. 
    • These sites will not be the responsibility of the KSAS Web Services Team. 


  • Your website will have a url.
  • Due to increasing licensing costs, we do not build event or course websites.
  • We do not allow users to add their own plugins or themes due to security, accessibility, and maintenance reasons.
  • Websites that have no or very minimal content added to the skeleton within four months of creation date will be removed without notice.
  • Completed websites must contain at least 3 unique pages of content
  • Web Services forbids hosting sensitive/private files due to the public-facing nature of the web server.
    • We highly recommend using OneDrive or SharePoint to store sensitive files.
    • Web Services take no responsibility for data and/or files that are stored on Web Services websites, and any public exposure becomes the full responsibility of the website owner.
  • All websites should have at least one in-house person to edit and update the site. Find out more about editing on the Using Your Site page.

Request a Website

To start using WordPress to manage the website for your research center, institute, lab, or faculty profile, simply:

  1. Read through our policies on hosting and costs, domains, and themes
  2. Explore the theme options available to you
  3. Please fill out the new website creation request form. We will review your request and reply within 72 hours.