UW Shared Web Hosting

Service Description

The Web Publishing service provides:

  • a cluster of Web servers to make your information available to browsers
  • storage space for your Web pages
  • the ability to install Web applications like WordPress, Drupal and others
  • optional database services, site access control and other utilities

Your pages will be published and available at one of these URLs:

You can create your Web pages via a variety of desktop Web authoring tools, build pages using text editors, or install Web applications.

Service Options

  • Basic disk space allocation is provided. See Service Level Description for disk quota information.
  • URL Forwarding or URL Masking is available for an additional fee.
  • UW Sites Network includes Word Press, UW-specific themes, NetID login support, up-to-date plug ins, and a blog framework.


UW faculty, UW staff, UW students, UW academic units, UW administrative units

How to Order

Web: Activating Shared Web Hosting
Email: help@uw.edu
Phone: 206-221-5000


UW Shared Web Hosting services are available from any Internet connections. Services are set up with a cluster server environment so that small system failures will not cause a service outage. The service is not designed for quick recovery from a major disaster. Occasional downtime is scheduled for periodic upgrade of servers.

Historically our service availability has been 99.9%. However, since the Web Publishing environment is shared, excessive use of the services by one or more users may degrade performance for others.


Basic Services
The basic service is included in the Technology Recharge Fee for faculty and staff and is funded by the Student Technology Fee for students.

  • A basic disk storage allocation of 1 GB is included for faculty, staff, students, and shared accounts.
  • UW Sites Network is available at no additional cost.

Self-Sustaining Services (Rates are effective through October 1, 2018)

  • Additional data storage for faculty, staff, and shared accounts is available for a fee of $.10 per GB per month. To increase your storage limit, go to Manage Your NetID Resources, where you can enter a budget number and set the amount.
  • URL Forwarding or URL Masking is $50 per URL per year.

Service Level Description

UW Shared Web Hosting are designed for continuous access with the exception of scheduled down times, hardware failure, and natural disasters. UW-IT responds to queries within two business days. Support is limited to ensuring that centrally installed functions and software are operating. Data storage for students is fixed at 1 GB.

UW-IT provides documentation to help customers use the UW Shared Web Hosting services. Customers provide their own ready-to-publish pages, install them on the servers, and install and operate any custom Web sites. UW-IT customer support is limited to assisting with server operational problems and clarifying documentation. Consulting may be available for a fee.

Additional Information

Additional information can be found at the links below:

Other customers who have considered this service have also looked at UW Google Apps and Standard Managed Servers services.

Support Information

Support information on using the servers is at UW Shared Web Hosting

Questions can be sent to the UW Information Technology Service Center.

Business Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Email: help@uw.edu
Phone: 206-221-5000
Online: Send us a question
In-person: Walk-in locations


Last Review Date: 07/25/2018