Web Site Hosting

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Use our file space, servers and support to develop and publish your site. ITS provides the secure and reliable environment, you provide your web expertise and content.

Self-managed Personal Web Pages are also available through this service.

This service is for you if:

  • You manage your own site but need a hosting environment
  • You have the technical skill to support your HTML or PHP environment
  • You want a high availability server environment with nightly back-ups
  • You want a UCSC hosted personal website that you can manage

How to Request

To request a new webspace, change the configuration (quota, permissions, etc) of your existing website, or request a unique URL (CNAME), please fill out the online Web Hosting Form.

To request help with the services on this page, please submit a ticket in IT Request. TIP: For quicker response, use the "Web Services" Request Type.


Web services are partially funded through the Information User Assessment and there are no other charges for these services. For more information on the IU Assessment, please see the Information User Assessment information page.

Unit or Department Web Hosting Features and Functions

We provide web space, free of charge, for any UCSC department, unit, or research site. We provide a secure and reliable environment, you provide your web expertise and content. For step-by-step instructions on how to set up a website, see Unit Web Site Setup Tutorial

  • Highly available (24 x 7), secure and reliable server environment
  • Separate development and production environments
  • Immediate access to nightly backup of files
  • 200MB default file storage quota
  • PHP and Perl runtime engine support (some functions may not be available)
  • Centrally supported tools & libraries
  • MySQL DB access
  • Web log reports
  • Secure pages (SSL) available
  • SSH and SFTP access to file space
  • Ability to manage user and group permissions
  • Campus policy on Custom Website names
  • Nightly backups and restoration services
  • 24 x 7 server monitoring
  • See Web Training and DIY Resources for self-help tools

Personal Web Pages Features and Functions

We provide personal website space, free of charge, for any UCSC faculty, student or staff member. This is a self-supported service: we provide a secure and reliable environment, you provide your web expertise and content. For step-by-step instructions on how to set up a personal web page, see Personal Web Page Tutorial.

A personal Web site tells your readers about your interests, research, ideas, and hobbies. Personal web pages may not be used for political or commercial purposes and may not include copyrighted material.

  • 100 MB of server space for personal content
  • Option to publish website to the UCSC directory of individual websites
  • Robust server environment
  • Nightly backups
  • Search engine functionality
  • Weblog reports
  • Server-side includes (but not executables)
  • Option to request PHP
  • Page management tools including Mailform, and Weblog_report
  • Weblog reports to track how often your pages are visited
  • Support for additional MIME types including PDF, DWF, RA, RAM, RPM, DCR, DIR, DXR, SWA, and WRL

Third Party Applications Policy

At present, ITS does not allow installation of third-party software like WordPress, Drupal or other web applications on centrally-supported ITS web infrastructure, and may restrict custom PHP applications that are determined to introduce risk. Web admins with websites on ITS web infrastructure are responsible for keeping their code patched and secure.

ITS reserves the right to remove code and/or disable websites that pose a security or stability risk to the web infrastructure. Our current efforts, as directed by campus priorities, are dedicated to the development of new content management services. This policy will be reviewed periodically as service capacity evolves.