Website Hosting

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

This service is for you if:

  • You want to manage/develop your own site but need a hosting environment
  • You have the technical skill to support your HTML or PHP environment

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 "Website Consulting and Hosting" 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 webspace, free of charge. We provide a secure and reliable environment, you provide your web expertise and content. 

  • Highly available (24 x 7), secure, and reliable server environment
  • Immediate access to a nightly backup of files
  • 200MB default file storage quota
  • PHP and Perl runtime engine support (some functions may not be available)
  • MySQL DB access
  • Secure pages (SSL) are available
  • SSH and SFTP access to file space
  • Ability to manage user and group permissions
  • Nightly backups and restoration services

Personal Web Pages Features and Functions

If our SlugSites WordPress service isn't a fit, we provide personal website space, free of charge, for any UCSC faculty, student, or staff member. This is a self-supported service: we provide the 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.

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.