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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?

 

Kevin Shalla

Academic and Enrollment Services

University of Illinois at Chicago

 

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Hi Kevin,

I have heard Notre Dame recently went through the process of moving their hosting to Amazon Web Services. However I'm not sure what kind of web host admin controls they've implemented on top of AWS.

Peggy Rowland at ND might be able to provide more info:

Hope this helps,

Jim Burgoon
Director Web/Mobile Development
University Advancement, Communications
burgoon.5@osu.edu
(614) 688-4058
@jimBurgoonOsu
The Ohio State University
21 E. 11th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201

Southwest Baptist University recently moved web hosting to Hostica.com. I really like it for many reasons including business continuity, tech support, and pre-installed applications. You can set permissions by folder but I have not used it that way. I use Dreamweaver to sync the remote server with a development server on campus. I use Filezilla to ftp files. We created our own design but you could use a content management system like Wordpress.

Shelly Brown
Director of Web Services
Southwest Baptist University

We informally looked into outsourcing part of our web infrastructure about 2 years ago. We found that bandwidth costs alone would eat up any possible savings. Have bandwidth costs changed?

 

Aren

 

From: The EDUCAUSE Web Administrators Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:WEB@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Shelly Brown
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Southwest Baptist University recently moved web hosting to Hostica.com. I really like it for many reasons including business continuity, tech support, and pre-installed applications. You can set permissions by folder but I have not used it that way. I use Dreamweaver to sync the remote server with a development server on campus. I use Filezilla to ftp files. We created our own design but you could use a content management system like Wordpress.

 

Shelly Brown

Director of Web Services

Southwest Baptist University

 

I did underestimate the bandwidth and we do have to pay additional charges every month for bandwidth. However, the costs balance out for us. We were paying MORE.NET for SecondWeb and had a GeoTrust SSL. Hostica's SSL is less expensive than purchasing individually.


Gotcha. I was comparing to our in-house bandwidth, which appears to be pretty cheap.

 

From: The EDUCAUSE Web Administrators Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:WEB@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Shelly Brown
Sent: Monday, February 10, 2014 10:24 AM
To: WEB@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [WEB] outsourcing web hosting

 

I did underestimate the bandwidth and we do have to pay additional charges every month for bandwidth. However, the costs balance out for us. We were paying MORE.NET for SecondWeb and had a GeoTrust SSL. Hostica's SSL is less expensive than purchasing individually.

 

Look at http://drupal.asu.edu/host.  We negotiated SSL and CAS for all sites and a start state (webspark).

Ron

From: "Shalla, Kevin" <kshalla@UIC.EDU>
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Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:23:10 +0000
To: <WEB@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: [WEB] 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?

 

Kevin Shalla

Academic and Enrollment Services

University of Illinois at Chicago

 

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

We've leveraged outside web hosting (GoDaddy) for our emergency and outage notifications. Coupled with a hosted DNS service (DNSMadeEasy), it's been working for automatic failover and manual failovers during maintenance by switching over DNS names IP address to our hosted service and back.

 

Our Hosted Site - http://backupwww.msjc.edu/

 

Another thought might be using Google Sites which is hosted and fairly easy. You can map the sites to real DNS names too - https://support.google.com/sites/answer/99448?hl=en

 

Justin Bennett

Supervisor of Network Technology
Information Technology
jbennett@msjc.edu

 

Mt. San Jacinto College
Phone 951-639-5090
http://www.msjc.edu

 

d Security Notice: MSJC Information Technology Staff will never ask for your password. Keep your passwords private to protect yourself and the security of our network.

 

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