Web Hosting

LSA IT, in conjunction with the LSA DMC Web Services Team, provides several web hosting services to students, faculty, and staff in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts:

In addition to these services, ITS offers several additional website services, including but not limited to Drupal Hosting, MediaWiki, and Web Application Hosting, though any of these may be discontinued at some point in the future. Please note that we only provide these links for your information and that LSA IT cannot provide assistance with these services. The collapsible section below discusses why you might choose which service.

Choosing a Web Hosting Solution

Because of the breadth of web services offered both at the college level (by LSA IT) and the university level (by ITS), we developed some thoughts on why you might choose one service versus another.

Unless otherwise specified:

  • These services are free to faculty, post-docs, and graduate students (if not also staff and undergraduate students). If they choose to use an external (that is, non-umich.edu) domain name they will be responsible for any associated costs; those are beyond the scope of this document.
  • Regulated sensitive data is generally not allowed on any of these web services, but unregulated sensitive data may be allowed. Please refer to the Safe Computing web site for definitions and additional information.
  • Private or confidential data is allowed on these web services provided that access to the data requires some level of authentication (the user is who they say they are) and authorization (the user is allowed access), such as Cosign, MToken/2FA, or Shibboleth.

Note
With one exception, services offered by the college are prefixed with "LSA" and services offered by the university are not. SharePoint is a university-wide service administered by LSA.

Drupal Hosting

What: An advanced web content management system that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage, and organize a wide variety of content on a web site. With Drupal one can develop and maintain their site using only a web browser, eliminating the need to learn additional software or languages.

Why: Choose this if they need the benefits (and corresponding overhead) of a content management system but are not an LSA center, department, institute, program, or unit.

Sensitive data: Sensitive data may or may not be allowed; contact IIA or their Advocate for assistance.

Cost: This service is not free and requires a short code. Rates are not published.

Administrative contact: ITS 4-HELP.

Google Sites

What: An easy way for anyone to create secure web pages for projects, classes, events, organizations, and many other collaborative purposes. Google Sites works across operating systems and is available on the web from anywhere.

Why: Choose this if they need a basic website for their project, class, event, or organization, but don't have any expertise in or need for either content management or editing HTML. However, be advised that Google Sites is still not fully accessible for the visually-impaired.

Sensitive data: Some categories of sensitive data are allowed and other categories are not. Refer to the Safe Computing web site's Google Sites page for details.>

Administrative contact: ITS 4-HELP.

LSA Departmental Websites

What: Department-local web services.

Why: Choose this if and only if their department has its own web site independent of the other services listed here. Note that only a few of the hard-science departments in LSA still have departmental sites; most of their data has been moved into the LSA Unit Websites service; see below.

Administrative contact: Their local department or neighborhood IT team or their Advocate.

LSA Faculty, Lab, and Research Websites (FLR)

What: A WordPress-based service. Available to all faculty, labs, or research projects or teams.

Why: Choose this if they are faculty and want to showcase their biography, CV, lab, or research, or if they are a researcher and want to showcase their lab or research. Most new faculty are only interested in this service and none of the others.

Administrative contact: LSA Web Services.

LSA Unit Websites

What:A formal content management system, either OpenText (old) or Adobe Experience Manager (new). We are actively transitioning from the old system to the new.

Why: Choose this if they want to showcase a center, department, institute, program, or unit in or affiliated with the college.

Administrative contact: LSA Web Services.

LSA Web Hosting Environment (WHE)

What: A cPanel-based service. We provide a dedicated slice of a server to run their own custom code in such a way as to not impinge on others.

Why: Choose this if they already have version-specific software needs, or a custom code base, but they don't need or want to pay for a dedicated server, and have no need for sensitive data (be it regulated or unregulated).

Administrative contact: LSA Web Services.

LSA Windows Web Application Hosting (WWAH)

What: An IIS-based service managed by LSA Web Services. Availability is limited; please work with their Advocate.

Why: Choose this if they have specific Windows application needs, or need to run ASP or .NET on their site, and have no need for sensitive data (be it regulated or unregulated). This service should rarely be used.

Administrative contact: LSA Web Services.

MediaWiki

What: An open source wiki package that allows users to develop their own wiki, a collaborative web publishing space that requires no knowledge of HTML. MediaWiki provides an easy to use collaboration tool for web publishing to create, communicate, preserve, and apply knowledge and academic values in a user-friendly and secure environment.

Why: Choose this if they want a wiki with restricted (group-based) access for editing, reading, or both.

Cost: This service has no published rate information and may or may not incur a charge to their department.

Administrative contact: ITS 4-HELP.

SharePoint

What: A way to facilitate collaboration on administrative tasks through easy and convenient sharing of documentation, calendar information, and tasks.

Why: They need the benefits of Nintex Workflows to automate tasks, or their data fits into a SharePoint list.

Administrative contact: SharePoint Support.

U-M Personal Websites

What: An AFS-hosted web site.

Why: Choose this if they want to provide information in the form of documents (e.g., PDF) or text, are willing to code their own HTML to make it happen, and have no need for sensitive data (be it regulated or unregulated).

Sensitive data: Sensitive data may or may not be allowed; contact IIA or their Advocate for assistance.

Administrative contact: ITS 4-HELP.