Build a Website

UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff have a few options for building websites, including both campus-supported and self-service, DIY offerings. The table below can help you decide which option may work best for your needs.

Questions to Consider

  • Want to leverage the power of the Berkeley Brand on a fully-supported platform? Then use Open Berkeley.

  • Do you have web development experience, or can you afford to hire someone who does? If yes, the DIY WordPress or Drupal option should meet your needs. If not, explore what Open Berkeley or Google Sites offer.

  • Will your website need to be hosted as a top level domain, e.g. If so, you will need to choose between Open Berkeley and DIY Drupal/WordPress.

Website Building Options

Open Berkeley

Do-It-Yourself Drupal or WordPress Sites

Google Sites

Service Description

Open Berkeley is a turnkey web platform solution for UC Berkeley campus websites.

Hosting-only service for self-supported Drupal and WordPress sites.

Google Sites allows you to create a simple personal website, wiki, or project site without any prior programming or design skills.

Target Audience

Campus departments; those without prior web experience or anyone wanting built-in features.

Campus departments; those familiar with WordPress or Drupal site building and development.

Individuals or teams using G Suite; those without prior programming or design skills.

Best Uses

Creating Berkeley branded departmental websites.

Creating departmental websites.

Portfolios, simple websites, wikis, team or project sites.


UC Berkeley branding built into platform;

Ability to host domain at;

Built in security monitoring and updates;

Built in accessibility;

Training and support provided by Berkeley IT team (Web Platform Services).

Regular releases of new features.

Fully self-service;

Ability to host domain at

Intuitive drag and drop interface;

Collaborate with others to build your website in a short amount of time;

Fully integrated with Google Drive;

Website can be public or private.


Requires setup, and monthly maintenance fees. Contact Service Provider for rates.

Requires paid hosting fees and any third-party developer costs.

No direct user costs; funded through IT Productivity Suite fees.

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