ITS Web Resources
Creating a Website: Where to Put It
Choosing an Appropriate Server for Your Website
In order to create a website at the University of Virginia, you must have an account on a machine that acts as a Web server. Choosing the appropriate server for your site involves two primary steps:
- determining your affiliation (or the affiliation of your department/organization/academic class) with the University of Virginia, and
- determining if your site will use technology that is only available on certain Web servers.
Please note that all use of computers at the University of Virginia, including personal, departmental and organizational websites, is governed by University policies regarding appropriate use of University equipment. Information on design standards and branding for UVa sites is also available.
- Faculty at the University of Virginia who want a website that will continue from year-to-year for one or more classes and/or research project(s) should consider obtaining a website on the faculty.virginia.edu server. More information ».
- Staff at the University of Virginia who are creating Web pages for their
department should put those pages on the server appropriate for their
department. Some departments have their own servers that are used
for this purpose. Ask your department if it provides this capability.
- Health System departments should consider locating their pages on the hsc.virginia.edu server. Please contact: wdc-support@Virginia.edu for assistance and visit their website for more information.
- Other academic and administrative departments at the University of Virginia who do not have their own Web server can usually locate their pages on the www.virginia.edu server. Please email the University Webmaster for assistance.
- Some departments may wish to lease space on which to store a website. Should your department want to hire someone to create your page or to work with you to use a database with your website, please contact ITS's Departmental Application Development group.
- Student Organizations
- Most student organizations at the University of Virginia can have their Web pages on the www.student.virginia.edu server. See that site for further information.
- Other Organizations
- Other organizations at the University of Virginia may be eligible to have their Web pages on the independent organizations server (indorgs.virginia.edu). To request an account on the indorgs server, please visit the account request form.
- Individuals within the University of Virginia community who want a personal Web page can obtain an account to publish the page on the people.virginia.edu server. You must obtain a UNIX account on the blue.unix.Virginia.edu server if you don't already have one.
- The location of a website that does not match any of the above categories
(for example, a group that has affiliation with the University of
Virginia but is not an official part of the University) will vary.
Should you fall into this category, please contact the UVa
Help Desk and describe what your group's function is, how the group is related to
the University and what you need (a website, other assistance?).
The University's Hostmaster can provide information on policies regarding virtual host names. A virtual host name is created when a consortium of institutions have a Web page hosted at UVa.
- Cold Fusion MX, Active Server Pages
- See http://www.web.virginia.edu for information regarding server space for Cold Fusion MX and Active Server Pages. Note that there are restrictions on account availability and intended use of this server.
- MySQL, phpMyAdmin
- For information on MySQL and phpMyAdmin, please see our MySQL pages.
- php is currently available on various Web servers, including people.virginia.edu, its.virginia.edu, www.virginia.edu, faculty.virginia.edu, and indorgs.virginia.edu. If you would like to find out if php is available on your intended Web server, please contact the UVa Help Desk.