Url versus hosting
In the real world, a person has an address AND a place to live, two essential but distinct things.
On the web, you also need an address (url) and an hosting solution for a website.
EPFL offers free hosting solutions and addresses in the area http://—.epfl.ch. The addresses open to the outside (web) are subject to validation, usually by the head of the institute or service concerned.
EPFL offers different tools depending on the specific online content (generic website, publications, news feeds, event announcements, forms, document and calendar sharing …)