Website Hosting

There are several options for web hosting, depending on the kind of site you need to create and the capabilities you need.  The IAC Web Developer's Office will assist units of the college in hosting their unit websites.  For other kinds of websites, there are a variety of options:

  1. Professional Web Presence is an ideal solution for faculty members' individual professional websites.  It is a multi-site WordPress server, giving you the familiar interface of WordPress without any of the administration hassles.

  2. OIT provides a robust web hosting service, similar to what you'd get from a commercial web hosting provider.  IAC uses this for most college/school sites, and it can also be used for research groups or even individual faculty member sites.  One of the advantages of the service is the Plesk control system, which allows installation of common web applications with just a few clicks; it also allows you to control mySQL databases very easily.  Sites generally have a name of the form, e.g., or

  3. OIT also provides a very basic personal hosting system called 'Prism'.  Unlike the OIT web hosting service mentioned above, Prism does not provide any database or scripting  (e.g., PHP) capabilities -- it's just a very basic web service.  However, it can be useful for simple sites or even just for sharing files with the world.  Files placed within the public_html directory of your Prism file storage become available through the web address

  4. The School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC) provides separate web hosting for faculty and students, in part to assist students with their creative and development work and with learning various kinds of multimedia programming.  More information on LMC web hosting is available on their IT support website.

  5. In many cases, we can offer specialized hosting for needs that cannot be addressed through the above services, e.g., specialized web applications.  Please contact the IAC Web Developer's Office for more information.