Research Group Web Hosting

Effective September 1st 2014, it is against University Policy for any individual or group to run their own web services/server without the approval of the Information Security Office (ISO).  The University provides two options that faculty and their research groups can leverage free of charge.

University Blog Service 

The University Blog Service is available for use by faculty, staff, and students. The service uses the WordPress platform. Blogs can be created by, and are available for individuals, groups, projects, or departments.

This service does not meet the FERPA requirements for hosting Category I data and should not be used for course-related purposes.


  • Log in with your UT EID login information
  • Control the visibility of your blog
  • Customize the look of your blog with one of over 50 available themes
  • Track statistics, including how many people have visited your blog
  • A Web address example:<sitename>

Note:  WordPress creates the content for you through a GUI front-end.

UT Web

Web publishing on UT Web is available for experienced developers in colleges, schools, and departments that need to create websites that require Unix-based technologies such as PHP or CGI scripting. Colleges, schools, and departments may provide hosting space to their community members. All users must have a current UT affiliation to log in to the service.

UT Web users must have experience using Unix-based web technologies such as HTML, PHP, and Apache, and are required to be able to manage files using the Unix command line, SSH or SFTP tools. All UT Web users are expected to know and comply with university standards and policies, specifically those listed at


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Apache HTTP server version 2.2
  • MySQL version 5.6
  • PHP programming language
  • Unix shell access via UT EID
  • Self-managed (user responsibility) file backups and recovery
  • Limit storage usage to 10GB per site
  • Custom domains such as or are available

For more information on the UT Web service, please visit the ITS-UT Web pages