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Setting Up a Website

Templated Websites

Templated websites are an affordable web publishing solution that allows Caltech departments and groups to easily build websites based on an existing template that shares the general look of the Caltech website and adheres to the Institute’s identity guidelines.

Creating and updating text and imagery on templated sites is simple. The content management system requires few skills beyond those necessary to edit documents using Microsoft Word.

The website you are currently viewing is a templated website. Some other examples include Human Resources, the Caltech Fund, and Dining Services.

All of these sites are hosted and managed on a shared virtual IMSS server and require no special software or licensing fees. The cost for hosting a templated website is $15 per month, and there is a $50 setup fee.

If you have questions about this service, please email

If you are a web developer who wishes to build your own website with the same look as the templated sites, please email to request the static HTML files.

Custom Web Development

If the templated websites do not offer the functionality you are looking for, IMSS’s Academic Development Services can create a more sophisticated, Caltech-branded, and mobile-ready website in Drupal 7. Examples of such websites are Caltech, Humanities and Social Sciences, Biology and Biological Engineering, Geological and Planetary Sciences, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and TEDxCaltech. If you are interested in these services, please email to request an estimate.