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Themes on Stanford Sites

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Stanford Sites comes with a theme called Stanford Basic. It has branding options that are part of the Stanford Identity. It is appropriate for all academic units, official programs, institutes, centers, labs, and administrative units. 

Stanford Sites also has a Minimally Branded subtheme. This is appropriate for individuals, student and staff groups, or organizations with a looser affiliation to Stanford. 

The Stanford Sites environment also allows for campus organizations to create design customizations on top of the default Stanford Basic theme. These customizations are called "subthemes."

About the Minimally Branded subtheme

The Minimally Branded subtheme is the default look and feel for group and individual people sites. Sites with this subtheme have the same sitebuilding features as sites with the Stanford Basic theme, but with a simple, minimal design and no Stanford Brand Bar, Stanford Wordmark, or Stanford Global Footer.

Minimally branded sub-theme layout example


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to use the Minimally Branded subtheme?

If your site is a student group, staff group, or you have a personal website on Stanford Sites, you should consider switching to the Minimally Branded subtheme. You can also consider removing the Stanford Wordmark from your site. Learn more about managing your site logo and branding.

If your site is ineligible for heavy Stanford branding, you may be asked to change your theme or settings.

Who can request a Minimally Branded subtheme?

Any site manager who has an eligible site can request this be activated on their Stanford Site. This can include groups, individual, or sites that are more loosely affiliated with Stanford. Schools, institutes, departments, or administrative units wanting to use less Stanford branding should contact University Communications.

How do I request the Minimally Branded subtheme?

You can request the Minimally Branded subtheme by filling out a help request.

Custom subthemes

In addition to Stanford Basic and the Minimally Branded Subtheme, Stanford Web Services has created custom subthemes for organizations on campus. Below, there are examples of custom subthemes. If you are interested in a custom subtheme for your organization, you can reach out using our New Service Request form.

Stanford Alumni Association Subtheme

Example site:

Undergrad Subtheme

Example site:

ChEM-H Subtheme

Example site:

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