Stanford Domains can give instructors more creative and customizable options for developing a course site. This is particularly true for courses where students may be blogging, creating digital multimodal projects, and/or experimenting with web application and technologies. (Here is a handy table of all online platforms available to Stanford instructors.)

Please note that instructors wishing to use Stanford Domains as a course site should keep in mind that it is completely optional for students to display their work and assignments on a public site. Alternate forms of assignments should be offered if students wish not to post their content publicly.

There are a variety of applications to support your creative endeavors. To spark your imagination, here are some ideas that might help you get started:
Install a Web Application in Your Space

Domains.stanford.edu makes it very simple to install certain Web applications in your Web space. Web applications are just special software that run on a Web server. Usually they allow you to build and manage a Web site. The kind of site you can build depends upon the type of application you install. Here are some examples of applications that you can easily install within the domains.stanford.edu Web hosting interface:


WordPress LogoWordPress: Probably the most popular application among Stanford Domains users, WordPress is a blogging application. While it allows you to quickly and easily set up a blog, it also comes with features that really make it possible to set up any kind of basic Web site without much difficulty. We have resources available that are focused on installing and using WordPress.

MediaWikiMediaWiki: If you’ve ever browsed or edited Wikipedia, you’ve already used Mediawiki. It is the open-source wiki software that runs the online encyclopedia, and you can install it on your Web space. It’s a good choice if you’re interested in publishing documents and then collaborating with others on them.

ZenPhotoZenPhoto: This application is a good choice if you’re looking for a way to share images in your Web space. It’s also a quick install through Installatron in cPanel onto your domains.stanford.edu Web space.


owncloudOwnCloud: If you’ve used DropBox, the concept of OwnCloud will be familiar. It allows you to upload and access files from anywhere with Web access. You can also share those files and sync them to your devices. This Web application is another quick install through Installatron in cPanel.

These are just a FEW of the open-source applications that are available to you in your domains.stanford.edu Web space; you can find a list of all of the applications you can install automatically here. We encourage you to read more about what Web applications are and which ones are available to you through this project.

Here are a few WordPress templates can be used to build your CourseWork website:

  • https://demo.su.domains/optimizer-v1 ( coursework demo template)
  • https://demo.su.domains/lagunita (coursework demo template)
  • https://demo.su.domains/twenty17-v1 (coursework demo template)
  • https://demo.su.domains/hestia-v1 (coursework demo template)
  • https://demo.su.domains/formbuilder (WPress Form demo)