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outsourcing web hosting
We’re considering outsourcing our web hosting. We don’t have a central web content management system, but instead have many departments doing their own thing. Some create simple static pages on our Unix system, others contract with vendors to develop sites using a WCMS on an external site, others have sites in our campus-hosted WordPress site, others use our university-system-wide SitePublish, still others manage their own WCMS on a virtual web server managed by campus computing, though the feature sets we can create are woefully stark in comparison with what the commercial vendors offer (especially considering the GUIs available).
We’re wondering whether there is value in negotiating with some web hosting vendors to see if they can give us not only the rich feature set they offer to all their customers, but can also provide our university with tools to work with all our sub-sites as a whole, like the ability to use our existing authentication system, access web traffic across all sites, ensure adequate backups are being done, and ensure that a campus authority always has the ability to access a site, regardless of staff turnover.
Has anyone been down this path?
Academic and Enrollment Services
University of Illinois at Chicago