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Welcome to the Stanford Sites 4.0 User Guide. 

Build and Design

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Whether you're an experienced editor or new to website creation, you can find documentation for how to use Stanford Sites basics in this section.

This user guide assumes you are logged on as a Site Manager. Please note that some features may not be available, or may have a slightly different appearance if you are a Site Editor or Contributor.

We use the following typographic and symbolic conventions throughout this site.

Example of Convention Explanation

Boldface type

Refers to something you can select or click-on such as a menu link.


Provides quick and easy access to cross-referenced topics. Hyperlinks are highlighted in blue and may be underlined.

[item 1] > [item 2]

(>) Indicates you are navigating a menu structure.


[ ] Indicates a replacement item

Our glossary is another great source for more information on terminology and conventions.

In this section

desk step with different typography elements

Text Area Paragraph

Learn about the most flexible tool you have with the Text Area Paragraph.
different size pictures displayed on a wall


Information about image sizes and how to upload to the media library.

Special content types

Stanford Sites provides content types designed to be used with different types of common website content. In some cases, these content types can be populated by an importer, designed to work with centrally-provided information sources. Learn more about using these content types by exploring the links below.

News Content Type

Create articles for your site using a content type structured to support common news features like a byline, date, featured image, and more.

Event Content Type

With Events for Stanford Sites, you have the power to build and present your events with detailed schedule information.

Person Profile Page

Person profiles can be added locally to your website, or can be configured to integrate with your organization’s Stanford Profiles

Publications Content Type

With Publications for Stanford Sites, you can list books, journal articles, news and magazine articles, and thesis dissertations using APA or Chicago citation styles.


Taxonomy provide a way to group similar types of information together, which can be leveraged to categorize content and improve your site's flow.