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WordPress Hosting Project

Overview

WordPress is a popular, free, open-source content management system originally built for blogging and now used to create websites of all shapes and sizes. University IT recommends using Stanford Domains ​ as your hosting platform to install WordPress for personal use. WordPress on Stanford Domains is good for small, low-traffic personal websites, portfolios, and wikis.

Timeline

  • MARCH 2020
     
    Hired Wordpress customer experience specialist and engaged UIT Vendor Management to assess vendor pricing models
  • March 2020 through May 2020
     
    Surveyed WordPress site owners to gauge spectrum of needs and conducted vendor interviews
  • January 2021
     
    University IT recommended using Stanford Domains as the hosting platform to install WordPress for small, low-traffic personal websites, portfolios, and more.

What you can do now

Stanford Domains is a free, self-service web publishing tool good for small, low-traffic personal websites, portfolios, and wikis.  Stanford students, faculty, and staff can register a free subdomain (mysubdomain.su.domains) and install WordPress, MediaWiki, Drupal, or other popular open-source applications. 

What you can do

How to delete AFS-based site

If you have a website on web.stanford.edu (AFS) that is no longer needed, you can submit a request with your website information.

Submit request to delete site

How to change owner of AFS-based site

If you need to transfer your WordPress site to another team member at Stanford to manage, please submit a Help request for assistance.

Submit request to change site owner

How to get started with Stanford Domains

Reserve a free subdomain, explore available web applications—including WordPress—and set up your website.

Get started with Stanford Domains

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where can I host and get support for my WordPress site?

University IT recommends using Stanford Domains as your hosting platform to install WordPress for personal use. Stanford Domains is a free, self-service web publishing tool used to create personal digital spaces for various media, e.g., portfolios and wikis.

Stanford students, faculty, and staff can register a free subdomain (mysubdomain.su.domains) and install WordPress, MediaWiki, Drupal, or other popular open-source applications.

This is a self-service platform. Please review the FAQ on Stanford Domains for more information. The best way to address your questions is by joining the community forum. If you need additional assistance, please submit a Help request for general questions.

Need help choosing a web hosting service? Explore options for where to build and maintain your website, and what University IT recommends for different website needs.

How do I request to delete or archive my AFS-based WordPress site?
If you have a website on web.stanford.edu (AFS) that is no longer needed, you can submit a request with your website information.
My department/group has a WordPress site. Can you give me admin access to the site?

A WordPress administrator is someone who has access to the Admin Panel within WordPress and can perform tasks from within the site itself, such as make content upgrades, upgrade WordPress software, add users or manage comments.

The best way to obtain this type of access is from a person who's already an administrator of the website, such as the person that originally installed WordPress. They can create a new account for you or promote your existing account to one with administrative privileges.

If you aren’t sure who the administrator is for your site, submit a Help Request.