I Want to Make a Website

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Options for Web Hosting 

Google Sites

Google sites are easy to construct and associated with your PSU Google account.  The can be shared and edited by multiple users, much like Google Docs.  They can be made mobile-friendly.  This is the best option for users who do not wish to do any programming or manual installation of website files.

OIT administers PSU’s Google Sites. Details can be found in their documentation.



  • Little to no web expertise needed
  • Various templates available to use as a starting point
  • Complex URL and no easy mechanism to hide it if you want a custom domain assigned to it

User Account-Based Web Hosting (public_html)

Every MCECS user has the option to build their web.cecs.pdx.edu/~USERNAME webpage by editing the files in the public_html directory, located in the home directory.  This option requires the user to be comfortable with programming.  User web pages are self-managed – you will have to do your own updates.

More information can be found here.


  • User needs understanding of html, file transfer, and file paths/permissions to get started
    • Static web pages or use php/other scripting languages, call databases
  • URL is https://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~USERNAME
  • Customizable for web applications (programs/scripting)

Caution: Must maintain security

User Maintained WordPress Site

User will need to discuss this option with the CAT for approval and set up.

Users familiar with WordPress setup and maintenance can ask the CAT for a WordPress site.  The CAT can provide a custom cecs domain.  The site is user maintained.


  • CAT install base WordPress and gives access to user for setup/config/themes
  • User must understand how to manage WordPress.
  • URL is custom { custom.cecs.pdx.edu } where cecs can be ece, cs, mme, etc.

Caution: Must maintain security

Campus Drupal (PSU Enterprise)

This option is mainly for departments and/or official groups.

Departments and research groups may ask to join the campus drupal site.  This site is maintained by University Communications, which requires training before setting up a page.

More information and upcoming trainings can be found here.


  • Easy to set up
  • Consistent with other PSU sites

Custom Web Hosting for MCECS Projects

The user must be an experienced web developer/maintainer.  The user will also need to meet  with the CAT for feasibility, configuration, and setup; including the following:

  • Custom domain (ex. cecs.pdx.edu, or a custom domain the user has bought.
  • Storage needs
  • Host/Virtual host
  • Software installs
  • Linux-based

Please note:

  • The CAT does NOT write or maintain the site itself

Custom Web Hosting on a Tier 3 Virtual Machine

This option would be for project/research groups.  A discussion with the CAT will be needed to cover the following:

  • Limited CPU, RAM, disk resources
  • Linux OS (which version?)
  • The user will be responsible for set up, software installs, run services, manage the OS/website

Please note:

  • The CAT does NOT write or maintain the site itself
  • The user will need to install any packages they will need to get a site up
  • The user will also be responsible for any updates the VM will need