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Scope

This page describes the web hosting options available to members of the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.  The services presented here include IU/UITS offerings available to all members of the IU community as well as those provided by the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering for use by members of our school.

For a simple research group or other project site, we highly recommend using the IU Web Framework hosted on the IU Sitehosting systems.  This provides a simple way to get a site up quickly that is fully compliant with all IU web site guidelines and branding requirements.  Furthermore, as IU guidelines change your site will automatically remain compliant with the ever-evolving guidelines.

There are also provisions for personal homepages as well as other options for project, course, and research group pages. You can create your own homepage using several of the web hosting options described below using the Homepage Management Page. Please contact the Luddy systems staff if you need help setting up any of these options. In your request, please include the URL and hosting option you prefer.

Hosting Options Matrix

There are a lot of web hosting options at your disposal, including Luddy, IU/UITS, and non-IU options.  The table below attempts to summarize the available options and give the highlights of the advantages and disadvantages of each service.  Note that some are appropriate for what are commonly called personal homepages and some are geared toward non-personal Luddy School and/or research group pages.


ServiceURLUsageContactAdvantagesDisadvantagesGetting Started
Non-IU HostingArbitraryArbitraryISP
  • Wide variety of hosting options
  • Not tied to your IU account so is not removed when you leave IU.
  • May not be free but costs are generally modest, depending on your needs
  • Cannot be used for sensitive data

Contact the ISP managing the desired service.  There are literally thousands of web hosting options out there supporting wordpress, drupal, joomla, php, ASP.NET, Ruby on Rails, etc.

Once you have a non-IU web page, you can register it so you also have a http://homes.sice.indiana.edu/username url via the Homepage Management Page

IU Blogs
  • http://blogs.iu.edu/something
BlogUITS
  • No cost blog hosting
  • Familiar Wordpress hosting
Getting Started with IU Blogs
IU Pages
  • http://pages.iu.edu/~username
Personal HomepagesUITS
  • No cost web hosting
  • Available to anyone at IU
  • Only 1GB of storage space
  • Disappears when you leave IU
  • HTML Hosting only, no PHP/CGI
  • Cannot be used for sensitive data
At IU, what is Pages and how can I publish a web page here?
IU Sitehosting
  • https://groupname.sitehost.iu.edu
  • https://projectname.luddy.indiana.edu
  • https://projectname.indiana.edu
  • https://projectname.iu.edu
Research and Project PagesUITS
  • Not for personal homepages
  • Minimal cost for storage space > 1GB (school may cover costs for approved use)
IU Windows Hosting Environment (WHE)
  • https://projectname.webhost.iu.edu
  • https://projectname.luddy.indiana.edu
  • https://projectname.indiana.edu
  • https://projectname.iu.edu
Research and Project PagesUITS
  • Supports ASP.NET in an IIS environment
  • Can be used for approved sensitive data applications
  • Not for personal homepages
  • Minimal cost for storage space > 1GB (school may cover costs for approved use)
Windows Hosting Environment (WHE) Quick Start Guide
IU Enterprise Confluence
  • https://uisapp2.iu.edu/confluence-prd/display/projectname
  • http://projectname.luddy.indiana.edu/ (redirect)
Research and Project PagesUITS
  • Easy to use Collaborative/Wiki environment
  • Confluence installation manged by UITS
  • Not for personal homepages
  • Cannot be used for sensitive data
  • Requires faculty or staff sponsor
What is the IU Enterprise Confluence?
SICE CGI/PHP Server (for Homepages)
  • http://homes.luddy.indiana.edu/username
  • http://cgi.sice.indiana.edu/~username
Personal HomepagesLuddy
  • No cost web hosting
  • Available to SICE faculty, staff, and students
  • Support for PHP and arbitrary CGI programming (python, perl, etc)
  • Shared storage space with your SICE Linux account home directory so limited to disk quota
  • Cannot be used for sensitive data
  • Disappears when you leave IU
SICE Wordpress Homepages
  • http://wphomes.soic.indiana.edu/username
  • http://homes.soic.indiana.edu/username
Personal HomepagesLuddy
  • No cost web hosting
  • Available to Luddy faculty, staff, and graduate students
  • Popular Wordpress Content Management System
  • Wordpress installation Luddy Managed

How do I ask for help with a Luddy School technology or facilities issue?

This service has been deprecated and is not available for new users.  Please see the IU Blogs Wordpress service listed above.

Luddy Course Homepages and Syllabus Hosting
  • http://homes.ludy.indiana.edu/courses/...course designation...
  • Links automatically included on the Luddy Course History Pages pages
Course Homepages and Syllabus UploadsLuddy
  • No cost web hosting
  • Available to Luddy course instructors
  • Allows for the upload of course syllabi for automatic inclusion into the Luddy Course History Pages pages
  • Provides historic record of course information
How do I upload information about classes I'm teaching?
Wordpress Hosting
  • http://projectname.sice.indiana.edu/
Research and Project PagesLuddy

  • Popular Wordpress Content Management System
  • Wordpress installation SICE Managed

How do I ask for help with a Luddy School technology or facilities issue?

Luddy CGI/PHP Server (for project pages)
  • http://projectname.luddy.indiana.edu/
Research and Project PagesLuddy
  • No cost web hosting
  • Available to Luddy faculty, staff, and students (with faculty or staff sponsor)
  • Support for PHP and arbitrary CGI programming (python, perl, etc)
Dedicated Virtual MachinesVariousResearch and Project PagesLuddy
  • Complete flexibility in configuration and services offered
  • Ideal for research projects needing custom web environments that do not fit into the standard services
  • Cost may be subsidized by Luddy
  • Requires funding source for larger or multiple VMs
  • Moderate maintenance overhead
  • Cannot be used for sensitive data without special approval
Virtual Machine Policy
Dedicated Research ServersVariousResearch and Project PagesLuddy
  • Complete flexibility in configuration and services offered
  • Ideal for research projects needing custom web environments, high computational needs, etc
  • Requires funding source to purchase server
  • High maintenance overhead
  • Cannot be used for sensitive data without special approval
How do I ask for help with a Luddy School technology or facilities issue?

URL/Domain Naming Convention Notes

URLs will include a domain name that will fall under one of several jurisdictions.  For example, Luddy controls the luddy.indiana.edu domain so we can assign domains names of the form projectname.luddy.indiana.edu.  Here are the common domains you are likely to want to use and some considerations and rules regarding each.

  • luddy.indiana.edu -This domain is controlled by the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering so getting domain names of the form something.luddy.indiana.edu is a relatively simple matter.  As noted in the matrix above, we can host sites in this domain using a number of different hosting services within IU.
  • cs.indiana.edu/ils.indiana.edu/informatics.indiana.edu/engineering.indiana.edu - These domains are also controlled by the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering and URLs using these domains only require approval by the head of the corresponding division.  Using the luddy.indiana.edu domain is preferred for uniform school branding.
  • indiana.edu - Sites within the top level indiana.edu domain (as opposed to the luddy.indiana.edu domain) are reserved for projects that span multiple schools, departments, or organizations on the Bloomington campus. A project that exists completely within the Luddy School will normally be created within the luddy.indiana.edu domain. To request a domain within indiana.edu, the sponsoring faculty member must write a short justification describing the inter-unit nature of the project.  We will submit this to UITS for approval.
  • iu.edu - Sites within the top level iu.edu domain are reserved for projects that span multiple IU campuses. A project that exists completely within the Luddy School will normally be created within the luddy.indiana.edu domain and projects that span multiple units on the Bloomington campus will normally be created within the indiana.edu domain. To request a domain within iu.edu, the sponsoring faculty member must write a short justification describing the inter-campus nature of the project.  We will submit this to UITS for approval.
  • .org - The .org namespace is not controlled by IU so you are free to get names within the .org domain using non-IU hosting services.  However, if you want to set up a .org and have the DNS and/or web pages hosted at IU then you have to get approval from IU Communications as detailed in the UITS KB page At IU, what are the DNS policies?
  • .com and other commercial domains - The hosting of commercial domains (eg. .com) at IU is generally not permitted but there are always exceptions.  For more information, see the UITS KB page At IU, what are the DNS policies?