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Scope

This page describes the web hosting options available to members of the School of Informatics and Computing.  The services presented here include IU/UITS offerings available to all members of the IU community as well as those provided by the School of Informatics and Computing for use by members of our school. This includes provisions for personal homepages as well as 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 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 SoIC, 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 SoIC 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.soic.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?
SoIC CGI/PHP Server (for Homepages)
  • http://homes.soic.indiana.edu/username
  • http://cgi.soic.indiana.edu/~username
Personal HomepagesSoIC
  • No cost web hosting
  • Available to SoIC faculty, staff, and students
  • Support for PHP and arbitrary CGI programming (python, perl, etc)
  • Shared storage space with your SoIC Linux account home directory so limited to disk quota
  • Cannot be used for sensitive data
  • Disappears when you leave IU
SoIC Wordpress Homepages
  • http://wphomes.soic.indiana.edu/username
  • http://homes.soic.indiana.edu/username
Personal HomepagesSoIC
  • No cost web hosting
  • Available to SoIC faculty, staff, and graduate students
  • Popular Wordpress Content Management System
  • Wordpress installation SoIC Managed
How do I ask for help with a technology or facilities issue?
SoIC Course Homepages and Syllabus Hosting
  • http://homes.soic.indiana.edu/courses/...course designation...
  • Links automatically included on the SoIC Graduate and Undergraduate course pages
Course Homepages and Syllabus UploadsSoIC
  • No cost web hosting
  • Available to SoIC course instructors
  • Allows for the upload of course syllabi for automatic inclusion into the SoIC Graduate and Undergraduate course pages
  • Provides historic record of course information
How do I upload information about classes I'm teaching?
IU Webserve
  • http://www.indiana.edu/~groupname
  • http://projectname.soic.indiana.edu
  • http://projectname.indiana.edu
  • http://projectname.iu.edu
Research and Project PagesUITS
  • Not for personal homepages
  • Minimal cost for storage space > 1GB (school may cover costs for approved use)
Webserve Quick Start Guide
IU Common Hosting Environment (CHE)
  • http://projectname.webhost.iu.edu
  • http://projectname.soic.indiana.edu
  • http://projectname.indiana.edu
  • http://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)
Consolidated Hosting Environment (CHE) Quick Start Guide
IU Enterprise Confluence
  • https://uisapp2.iu.edu/confluence-prd/display/projectname
  • http://projectname.soic.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?
Wordpress Hosting
  • http://projectname.soic.indiana.edu/
Research and Project PagesSoIC
  • Popular Wordpress Content Management System
  • Wordpress installation SoIC Managed
How do I ask for help with a technology or facilities issue?
SoIC CGI/PHP Server (for project pages)
  • http://projectname.soic.indiana.edu/
Research and Project PagesSoIC
  • No cost web hosting
  • Available to SoIC faculty, staff, and students (with faculty or staff sponsor)
  • Support for PHP and arbitrary CGI programming (python, perl, etc)
Dedicated Virtual MachinesVariousResearch and Project PagesSoIC
  • 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 SoIC
  • 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 PagesSoIC
  • 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 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, SoIC controls the soic.indiana.edu domain so we can assign domains names of the form projectname.soic.indiana.edu.  Here are the common domains you are likely to want to use and some considerations and rules regarding each.

  • soic.indiana.edu -This domain is controlled by the School of Informatics and Computing so getting domain names of the form something.soic.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 School of Informatics and Computing and URLs using these domains only require approval by the head of the corresponding division.
  • indiana.edu - Sites within the top level indiana.edu domain (as opposed to the soic.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 SoIC will normally be created within the soic.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 SoIC will normally be created within the soic.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?