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Research projects, lab groups, academic websites

When a website is required for a research project, a lab group or for an individual academic, these are recommended available options:


The University has WordPress on a server that staff can use to set up their own simple websites or blogs. This option is free. The Digital Team can provide guidance and advice but cannot help with the build or ongoing maintenance.


We have developed a standard University template with options to customise, to enable staff to easily build and manage their own sites.


These sites have the url If you want a bespoke url there will be an additonal charge.


Some examples of sites built using this include:

Multimedia Design Studio

The in-house multimedia design studio can design and build bespoke websites (not in standard University T4 templates). There will be a cost and you would be expected to manage the ongoing maintenance of the website. Contact the Design Studio for more information.

Free website builders

There are a number of companies that will allow you to build your own website using a variety of templates. The service is free but usually the company will have their name in your URL and have a link in the footer. You can usually pay a fee to remove this advertising and use your own URL. Some examples include:

Low cost website builders

There are also a number of companies that offer a low cost solution to building a website. Some examples are below but there are lots of other companies.

You can read a good article by PC mag rating a number of options.