Web Hosting

AIT provides Web hosting for individuals and groups.

AIT-hosted Web sites are served from PASS. See the Web FAQ for answers to common questions about AIT Web hosting services, including instructions on getting started and accessing your Web space.

See the Features section for descriptions of the optional features that can be added to AIT Web hosting services and the Services section for descriptions of the available services.

Features

HTTPS

Most AIT-provided Web services are also available via secure HTTP (HTTPS). For non-virtual host customers, this support is automatically provided. Virtual host customers must purchase a certificate; contact ITS Computer Account Services <accounts@psu.edu> for more information.

Scripts

The PHP scripts Web host is a platform for providing dynamic content.

The test scripts Web host is a platform for running Common Gateway Interface (CGI) executables. Due to the CGI security model, users may not install their own scripts; instead, a user should request that scripts be installed. When a request is received, the script must undergo a successful review before installation.

PHP scripting is available on all AIT-provided Web hosting services; non-virtual host services will automatically redirect requests for PHP pages to the scripts service. To request PHP script support for your virtual host, please send your request to the IT Service Desk; for other PHP requests, please contact AIT; to request installation of a CGI script, please contact the Webmaster.

Server-Side Includes

Server-Side Includes (SSI) is a mechanism for simple dynamic content, such as variable substitution and page transclusion.

By default, all files named with a ".shtml" suffix will be served with SSI processing enabled. Users can enable processing for additional suffixes; see Apache Tutorial: Introduction to Server Side Includes for a practical introduction.

SSI is available on all AIT-provided Web services.

WebAccess

Penn State WebAccess support is available on all AIT-provided Web services accessed via HTTPS. To request WebAccess support on an existing AIT-hosted Web site, please contact the IT Service Desk <itservicedesk@psu.edu>.

Blogging

The Blogs at Penn State uses the Movable Type template engine for management of content in blogs and Web sites. Blogging is available with any personal Web space; see Blogging for more information.

Services

Personal Web Hosting

Personal Web hosting is provided to Penn State students, faculty, and staff with an Access Account for no charge. Personal Web hosting comprises two spaces: a public space and a protected space. Access to a user's public space is available to anyone on the Web. A user can restrict access to their protected space to Access Accounts or Friends of Penn State accounts. Public personal Web sites are hosted at <www.personal.psu.edu>; protected personal Web sites are hosted at <protected.personal.psu.edu>.

To request personal Web hosting, please complete the online Application for a personal Web Space Account.

Department Web Hosting

Department Web hosting is available to Penn State colleges, campuses, and departments for a one-time set up charge and monthly maintenance changes based on requested disk space. By default, department Web space is public but access may be restricted via WebAccess. Department Web sites are hosted at <www.dept.psu.edu>.

To request department Web hosting, please submit a completed ITS For-Fee Services form to ITS Computer Account Services.

Student Organization Web Hosting

AIT, in conjunction with the Division of Student Affairs, provides Web hosting to student organizations for no charge. Student organization Web sites are hosted at <www.clubs.psu.edu>.

To request student organization Web hosting, please contact the Student Affairs office for your campus.

Course Web Hosting

AIT provides Course On-Line Account (COLA) Web hosting to instructors for no charge to publish course materials on the Web. Course Web sites are hosted at <www.courses.psu.edu>.

To request course Web hosting, please submit a completed ITS Academic Computing Services Request Form to ITS Computer Account Services.

Virtual Web Hosting

A virtual Web host is an extension to departmental Web space which grants a URL such as http://www.department-name.psu.edu/ (where department-name is either the name of the department or some name chosen by the department to reflect the purpose of the site, subject to availability). Normally, departmental Web space uses a URL such as http://www.dept.psu.edu/department-name/. Virtual Web hosts are available for department Web hosting services and require a one-time installation fee, in addition to the monthly file storage service charges.

A "secure" virtual Web host is a virtual Web host which uses the https URL scheme and protects data in transit between the Web server and the Web browser over a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption tunnel. A secure virtual Web host requires a one-time installation fee plus the costs for the certificate registration, in addition to the monthly file storage service charges.

To request a virtual Web host, please submit a completed ITS For-Fee Services form to ITS Computer Account Services.

Web Application Hosting

In addition to Web sites, AIT hosts several Web applications, including, but not limited to: