This document will walk you through WiscWeb's recommendations for building faculty profile pages (either academic or personal). It will also touch on the benefits of each and other important considerations.
WiscWeb is currently not funded to support personal websites for faculty. If a departmental website exists in WiscWeb, faculty may integrate their bio content within that larger site. However, we will not be able to host whole sites that are dedicated to personal profile/biographical content for faculty members.
Before you get started, it is important for you to ask yourself (or the faculty member) the following questions:
Tenured faculty, those that plan on staying at UW-Madison, those with limited technical knowledge or limited time to manage their own content
Most groups have a primary website where they advertise information relating to their department. Some of these websites exist in WiscWeb and others are hosted separately. Most, however, are probably using some variation of the UW Theme. In the UW Theme, users have an option to add faculty/staff bio pages (WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Using Faculty/Staff Members). This is where a professional photo, contact information, and a text-based biography can be displayed (UW Theme website example). For those in WiscWeb, you can also integrate publication content on this page (WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Using the Publications Plugin).
WiscWeb identifies a personal website as one that is tied to personal accomplishments, data, and content. The site is named after the individual and the domain/URL will often refer specifically to that individual, as well. The content of these sites may relate to work performed at the University (research, courses taught), but could include other professional (publications, accomplishments) and personal (blog, hobbies, interests) information.
Faculty that want to retain their web presence regardless of their current University affiliation, more technical users who want to maintain their own content or have more control, those that want to include several pages of biographical content.
Personal websites aren’t supported by WiscWeb and therefore, interested parties should seek out an account in a 3rd party platform. There are many options available, but we recommend Google Sites as it is already in use on campus and you can create a new site with your NetID credentials. Campus support for Google Sites is limited, but there are some getting started (UW-Madison Google Workspace - Getting Started With Google Sites) and FAQ (UW-Madison Google Workspace - FAQ) docs available. There is also documentation on how to map a custom wisc.edu domain to the account (UW-Madison Google Workspace - Sites Web Address Mappings).