WCMS sites and templates use a mobile-first approach to responsive design providing site visitors with an optimal viewing experience; whether browsing from a desktop, tablet or smartphone device, site content is clean, simple, and easy to navigate.

The WCMS 3 websites will be built in Drupal 8.

See the guidelines for use and how-to documents.

WCMS responsive sites

The WCMS supports websites for use by academic and academic support departments of the University.

See the guidelines for use and how-to documents.


WCMS Publications is a mobile-friendly, responsive template specifically designed for digital versions of University of Waterloo publications including newsletters, reports and magazines.

Publication websites are built using Drupal (WCMS), and while they look quite different, the content maintainer interface is similar to regular WCMS websites. 

See the guidelines for use and how-to documents.

Single page sites

A WCMS responsive template to support a marketing initiative or campaign, highlight initiatives, or be used for program promotion. Single page sites do not have a menu structure and are not meant to replace full WCMS sites.

See the guidelines for use and how-to documents.

Conference sites

This responsive template allows conference attendees to quickly and easily check everything from event locations and speakers to session times and descriptions across multiple devices.

See the guidelines for use and how-to documents.

Forms sites

Although it is generally recommended to avoid the collection of sensitive data, we recognize that there are some exceptions to this rule to facilitate business functions. In these cases we recommend the use of a Forms site. Forms sites live on the forms server, which has additional security hardening compared to regular WCMS responsive sites.

See the guidelines for use and how-to documents. If form creators are still unsure they are advised to contact the Information Security Services group of IST for assistance with collecting Highly Restricted Information.

UWaterloo Scholar

Personal websites for faculty and researchers account for a significant footprint of UW web. Development using the OpenScholar Drupal distribution developed by Harvard has begun. These sites will be offered as Software as a Service (SaaS).
See the how-to documents

Redesigned Home site

Working closely with UW Brand Refinement Project Team in 2016 to align new web design with new UW Brand Strategy.
Released November 22, 2016