The Pennsylvania State University - Administrative Information Services, a unit of Information Technology Services

Web Hosting

Web hosting services are available for individuals and groups, utilizing PASS space to store web site content. See the web FAQ for answers to common questions about AIS Web Hosting Services, including instructions on getting started and accessing your web space.

Service Rates

For virtual hosting, there is a one-time setup fee of $130.00. For virtual hosting with SSL encryption, there is a one-time setup fee of $195.00.

For PASS storage rates, please go to the PASS service page.

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Personal Web Hosting

Personal Web Hosting is provided to Penn State students, faculty, and staff with an Access Account for no charge. Personal Web Hosting comprises two spaces: a public space and a protected space. Access to a user's public space is available to anyone on the web. A user can restrict access to their protected space to Access Accounts or Friends of Penn State accounts. Public personal web sites are hosted at www.personal.psu.edu; protected personal web sites are hosted at protected.personal.psu.edu.

To request personal Web hosting, please complete the online Application for a personal Web Space Account.

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Department Web Hosting

Department Web Hosting is available to Penn State colleges, campuses, and departments for a one-time set up charge and monthly maintenance changes based on requested disk space. By default, department web space is public but access may be restricted via WebAccess. Department web sites are hosted at www.dept.psu.edu.

To request Department Web Hosting, please submit a completed ITS for Fee Services Request Form to ITS Computer Account Services.

ITS for Fee Services Request Form

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Last Updated or Reviewed: 7/11/2014

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Student Organization Web Hosting

In conjunction with the Division of Student Affairs, AIS provides web hosting to student organizations for no charge. Student organization web sites are hosted at www.clubs.psu.edu.

To request student organization web hosting, please contact the Student Affairs office for your campus.

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Course Web Hosting

Course On-Line Account (COLA) web hosting is offered to instructors for no charge to publish course materials on the web. Course web sites are hosted at www.courses.psu.edu.

To request course web hosting, please submit a completed ITS Academic Computing Services Request Form to ITS Computer Account Services.

ITS Academic Computing Services Request Form

File Size: 586.29 KB

Last Updated or Reviewed: 10/8/2014

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Virtual Web Hosts

A virtual web host is an extension to departmental web space which grants a URL such as http://www.department-name.psu.edu/ (where department-name is either the name of the department or some name chosen by the department to reflect the purpose of the site, subject to availability). Normally, departmental web space uses a URL such as http://www.dept.psu.edu/department-name/. Virtual web hosts are available for department Web Hosting Services and require a one-time installation fee, in addition to the monthly file storage service charges.

A "secure" virtual web host is a virtual web host which uses the https URL scheme and protects data in transit between the web server and the web browser over a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption tunnel. A secure virtual eb host requires a one-time installation fee plus the costs for the certificate registration, in addition to the monthly file storage service charges.

To request a virtual web host, please submit a completed ITS for Fee Services Request Form to ITS Computer Account Services.

ITS for Fee Services Request Form

File Size: 123.04 KB

Last Updated or Reviewed: 7/11/2014

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Web Application Hosting

In addition to web sites, AIS hosts several web applications, including, but not limited to:

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Database Course-Related Service

The Database course-related service allows faculty to request database services for each student in a course. This type of service is available if students will need to use databases for course assignments. Space allocations for this service no longer apply due to PASS users being allocated at least 500 MB by default. Please see the "Directory Quotas" section of the ITS Secure Server for details. More information about PASS is found on the PASS information page.

Course-related database space is available for one semester.

Requirements: To apply for the database course-related service, you must:

  1. Be an Instructor of a Penn State class.
  2. Have a Penn State Access Account.

To request the database course-related service, faculty need to fill out the ITS Academic Computing Services Request Form and select the "Database" option from the "Course-Related Services" section of the form. On the back of the form, please specify course information to include an entire class roster along with any additional authorized users needing the database service.

This form is in PDF format and requires the free software Adobe Acrobat Reader. Please submit the completed form to the ITS Computer Accounts Office, 204 Wagner Building, University Park or fax to 814-865-9289.

NOTE: Faculty or staff members can request that students, who need a database account for project work, have access to this service by adding student information under the "Users" section of the "Academic Services" form.

If you have questions or need assistance with your application, contact the ITS Computer Accounts Office via e-mail at accounts@psu.edu or by phone at 814-865-4772.

ITS Academic Computing Services Request Form

File Size: 586.29 KB

Last Updated or Reviewed: 10/8/2014

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Additional Information

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Page Last Updated or Reviewed: Tuesday, October 28, 2014