I Want to Make a Website

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I Want to Make a Website 2018-08-08T16:27:18+00:00

Options for Web Hosting 

Easiest from top to bottom

Google Sites

Google sites are easy to construct and associated with your pdx google account.  The can be shared and edited by multiple users, like Google Docs.  By default, they are mobile-friendly.  This is the best option for users who do not wish to do any programming.

More information can be found here.


  • Little to no web expertise needed
  • Fixed url (pretty long url)

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.  Otherwise, 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.
  • User must be careful about security.
  • URL is custom { custome.cecs.pdx.edu } where cecs can be ece, cs, mme, etc.

Campus Drupal (PSU Enterprise)

This option is mainly for departments and/or 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.

Custom Web Hosting for MCECS Projects

The user will need to discuss 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


  • The CAT does NOT write or maintain the site itself
  • The user must be an experienced web developer/maintainer

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