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Getting Started with the Durham Webspace Platform

Getting Started

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What is WordPress?

Webspace is a multi-site WordPress platform which has been customised for Durham University. 

WordPress is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) written in PHP that uses a MySQL database. WordPress is the easiest and most powerful blogging and website builder in existence today. 39% of all websites in the world are built on WordPress and all types of websites, from personal blogs to corporate websites and ecommerce sites, can be built on WordPress. WordPress is widely used and there is a plethora of information and learning resources online. The community behind WordPress is what helps to make it so powerful. WordPress offers extensive documentation for both site owners and developers. is a great place to start for all questions regarding the platform. 

Requesting a new site

To request a new site on the Webspace platform, fill in the form on the Webspace Governance site.

Logging On

At Durham University, we use Single Sign On (SSO) with a Durham University email address to log into Webspace. Once you have been assigned access to the Webspace platform, you will be provided with a login link to your site. Click on this link to be redirected to your Webspace login screen. Use your usual CIS/Microsoft login details. 

People without a University email address can also be set up to use the Webspace site – in this situation you enter your Webspace address into your browser to access the site. The Webspace address is:


Once you are logged in, you will be directed to the front page of your Webspace site.

The Webspace interface has been designed to be fully responsive, which means it can be used on a desktop, laptop, tablet, and/or mobile device.