Getting Started

Learn about the process to get a new website or upgrade your existing site, as well as what you need to consider when planning your website project. 

Do You Need a Website?

Before you decide to start any website project, it is important to make sure that a website is the best solution for your need. It is important to understand that a website on its own is not a communications strategy, but rather it is a vehicle for delivering an existing strategy. It represents just one of the ways your audience should be engaged.

You need to consider:

  • Does your department/unit/group have a communications strategy in place?
  • How will your website help deliver this strategy?
  • Does your website have its own defined goals and purpose?
  • Is your audience primarily external to SFU?
  • Is there a long-term need for a website, or does your project or initiative have an end date?
  • Do you have a team to create content & build pages?
  • Are you able to update your website regularly?

If you aren’t able to answer these questions, then maybe a website isn’t the best option right now.

You can consider:

  • MS Teams for engaging with a primarily internal audience
  • Leveraging an existing website (such as your department or faculty site) if your content has an end goal or is lacking a defined goal
  • Revisiting a website project in the future.

If you are still unsure if a website is the best plan for you, the Communications & Marketing team would be happy to discuss some options with you / your team. Please submit a ticket to request support.