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 …)
Site addresses are subject to validation, usually by the head of the institute or department concerned. Please read the best practices on the determination of an url at EPFL.
With regard to general information websites, you have the choice between:
- For those who focus on content and are not developers : use the WordPress CMS (with support)
- For developers and IT experts : manage your own web hosting on the LAMP server (without support)
You can also use external web hosting provider, but you will not have an address in the domain epfl.ch.
Web site hosting is free but reserved for EPFL employees, as part of the professional activities of their unit (lab, chair, services).
Choice between different solutions
|WordPress managed||WordPress ‘inside’||WordPress unmanaged||LAMP hosting
|Skills / responsible||Everyone, beginner||Everyone, beginner||WordPress specialist||IT Developer|
|Technical support||yes ([email protected])||yes ([email protected])||minimum||no, see conditions|
|Courses offered at l’EPFL||yes||yes||no||no|
|EPFL graphic charter||yes||yes||yes, but modifiable||to implement|
|Systems security||yes||yes||The administrator is responsible for the plugins he installs||to implement|
|Secure access to content (intranet)||no||yes||to implement||to implement|
|Administrators management||via the accreditation system||via the accreditation system||via the accreditation system||to implement|
|Backup||yes||yes||yes||1 time per day (files + DB)|
|Adding local database||no||no||no||1 per web site|