UW Shared Web Hosting

Last updated: August 15, 2022

Shared Web Hosting

UW Information Technology provides a suite of shared web servers for use by the UW community.

Getting Started

Activating UW Shared Web Hosting

Students, faculty, staff, departments, and courses are eligible to use the UW Shared Web Hosting servers. Activation of an account is required to begin.

URL Reference

Find out the location of your website.

Connect to a server using SSH

Open a remote terminal session to the web publishing environment using SSH.

Web Development Environments

The web development environments provide advanced functionality, including cron jobs, MySQL servers, and the ability to host your own applications. These are frequently referred to as “ovid” or “vergil.”

Mailing Lists

Sign up for mailing lists to be notified of server upgrades, outages, and scheduled downtime; lists are also available for WordPress and Drupal users to share and collaborate best practices.

Advanced Topics

Installing and Using MySQL

Learn more about the MySQL database server, and how to install it on your Shared Web Hosting account. Also find out more about phpMyAdmin, administrating your databases, and maintenance.

Restricting Access

Find out how to protect your website using NetID authentication, or simply by leveraging the basic password protection built into the server.


WordPress is a popular content management and blogging system. Learn about how to install it on the Shared Web Hosting and tips for getting started.


Offering advanced content creation and ultimate flexibility, Drupal powers many websites across campus. Find out about how to install it on the Shared Web Hosting, connecting with your peers, and the UW Drupal Theme.

Adding UW Privacy Policy and Terms of Use to your Site

UW-affiliated websites are required to link to the UW Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Find out how to do that with this page.

Web Publishing File Backups

Shared Web Hosting files are backed up regularly.

URL Forwarding and URL Masking Services

Associate a custom domain name (e.g. www.domain.org or www.domain.uw.edu) with your website in order to advertise a short, relevant Web address, and make your site appear at this new location.


Learn about where to find error logs and fix common issues.