This page describes the options available to those persons who want to develop a web site, whether for school-related individual purposes, or school-related group purposes such as a lab web site.

Setting up a web site can be a little confusing because there are several options with a mix of pros and cons. The options available are listed below. Click on an option title for additional information:

Web Site Hosting Option   Available For
Basic hosting Suitable for those who need to do their own HTML coding. Faculty, graduate students
Profile bio page Best choice for professors, graduate students, and staff if web needs can fit on a single page. Easy to use, and integrates with department and school themes.
Faculty, graduate students
UCI campus Web Files service A spartan option for web sites. Faculty and graduate students
UCI campus web site service

 

Best choice for graduate students needing a multi-page site that is easy to maintain.
Graduate students
UCI campus faculty web site service

 

Best choice for a professor's personal academic web site that requires multiple pages, or for lab sites. Faculty

Basic Web Site Hosting

This option involves getting an account in the school's Windows network. This gives users access to file storage in the school's file system which can include a folder (a directory) called public_html in which web files can be placed. The school's web server can display pages from that public_html directory. This provides the capability for users to create web pages using HTML programming through a platform like Dreamweaver, etc. For sake of illustration, assume your account is called "someone." The the default web address of this would be www.socsci.uci.edu/~someone. (Please note that it is easy to create an alias for that web site, such as someone.ss.uci.edu).

Pros:

* You can design anything you want depending on your level of HTML and CSS expertise.
* Social Sciences Computing Services manages the server.

Cons:

* Creation of everything needed for your site is up to you, which can mean much more work.
* No web-based access to managing your site.
* Social Sciences Computing Services provides only web site hosting services and does not provide site creation or maintenance services.

For more on this option, please contact contact Social Sciences Computing Services at 949-824-5476 or sscs@uci.edu.

 

Profile Bio Page

Most faculty and graduate students use just one page for individual web sites. On that page, information provided usually pertains to research interests, contact and degree information, a CV link, and a variable number of lnks to some sample papers or additional information. Given this use-case, the profile bio page has been implemented as a web-based option for faculty and graduate students to create and manage a single page "web site." Also, this option is integrated into individual department web sites and can be viewed in multiple school departments sites, if faculty have multiple affiliations.

This is the best choice for professors and graduate students whose web needs can fit on a single page.  This option is not suitable for lab web sites.

Pros:

* Quick.
* Web-based management of content, via the school's web portal.
* Basic structure and functional design of the site is built for you.
* Web page is part of home department's web site and may be viewed in other department sites if you have multiple department affiliations.
* Social sciences manages server.
* No HTML knowledge needed.
* Basic features only (could be a good thing if a single page is adequate).
* Is integrated with your social sciences profile.
* Single page, therefore focused presentation of information.

Cons:

* Only a single page.
* No PHP or other scripting capabilities.
* Basic features only (might be a negative if you have complex requirements).

  

Campus WebFiles

This option is provided by the UCI Office of Information Technology (OIT).  It is intended mostly for file storage and sharing, but web pages can be built in this service. For example, if your UCInetID was again "someone," your site URL may look something like http://webfiles.uci.edu/someone/www/index.html

Pros:

* Quick.
* Fairly easy to use and web-based.

Cons:

* Limited capabilities.
* A little "clunky."
* Not well suited for "full featured" web site needs.

 For more on this option, please visit http://webfiles.uci.edu.

 

Campus Blog and Site Service
 

This service is provided by the UCI Office of Information Technology (OIT), built using WordPress. Initially this service was structured for providing a web site blogging service. However, OIT has modified the service to provide generic web site capabilities.

This is the best choice for graduate students who want a site that is easy to access and maintain, contains multiple pages and is housed outside of social sciences.

Pros:

* Quick.
* Easy to manage content..
* Web-based management of content.
* Basic structure and functional design of the site is built for you.
* Content versioning.
* Automatic backups.
* OIT manages server.
* No HTML knowledge needed.
* Basic features (could be a good thing if not a lot is needed).

Cons:

* Cannot directly share content with school.
* Limited to themes provide by OIT (but some customization can be done).
* No PHP or other scripting capabilities.
* Basic features (might be a negative if you have complex requirements).

For more on this option, please visit http://sites.uci.edu.

 

Campus Faculty Web Site Service

This service is provided by the UCI Office of Information Technology (OIT), built using WordPress. It is intended only for individual professor or lab web sites.

This option is the best choice for a professor's academic web site that requires multiple pages, or for lab sites.

Pros:

* Quick.
* Easy to manage content.
* Web-based management of content.
*Site may be set up using pre-designed departmental themes (will appear to look as though it is part of your home department's site).
* Basic structure and functional design of the site is built for you.
* Content versioning.
* OIT manages server.
* No HTML knowledge needed.
* Fairly basic features (could be a good thing if not a lot is needed).

Cons:

* Cannot directly share content with your department or social sciences.
* Not integrated with home department's web site.
* Limited to themes provide by OIT (but the appearance/design can be customized by changing background color, fonts, and banner, or pre-designed departmental themes may be used).
* No PHP or other scripting capabilities.
* Fairly basic features (might be a negative for more than basic requirements).

For more on this option, please visit http://faculty.sites.uci.edu.

 

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