This policy lists the services that are available to websites and policies specific to each service. Service availability is dependent on the website categories as defined in the Website Hosting Policy.



In the past, Geneseo supported web pages exclusively via personal web accounts on the campus's production web server. The pages in those spaces were accessed via "~" URLS (e.g., or via Virtual URLs which were mapped to the tilde URLs (e.g. Web files of various types (e.g. HTML, CSS, JS, PHP) were maintained manually via tools such as DreamWeaver and FTP. The files were stored within a file space (i.e. public_html folder) associated with an account.

These type of personal web page accounts have been used by students, faculty, staff, departments, and organizations to create their web pages.

New tools and technologies such as Web Content Management Systems (e.g. Drupal) and Wikis have become available to support the development of web pages in a more secure and efficient manner. Geneseo's technology direction for websites is moving away from the use of personal Apache personal websites in favor of these alternative services.   We are currently supporting personal Apache websites for existing accounts and for exceptions where warranted. It is our campus goal to eliminate the use of most personal Apache websites by the start of the Fall 2012 semester.


Geneseo Website Services:

The following services are available to the campus community for creating websites. Restrictions are listed with each service.

It should be noted that many excellent free web hosting alternatives are available to campus community members.  Computing and Information Technology is always willing to help provide ideas and guidance to help you get started. 

Personal Apache Website Policies:

Personal Apache websites will only be provided on an exception basis as described above. The following policies apply to all personal Apache websites (i.e. ~ sites). The people responsible for each personal Apache website account must abide by these policies and contact CIT when exceptions are required. Account owners should notify CIT for each specific policy exception that is required for their account:


Paul Jackson
Assistant Director for Information Systems, Computing & Information Technology

Sue Chichester
CIO & Director, Computing & Information Technology


Effective Date: March 2011
Last Updated: November 2012

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