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WordPress Hosting Project

Overview

WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows simple in-browser set-up and updating of websites. WordPress is an open-source project and its core is contributed to by hundreds of community volunteers. The convenience and flexibility of WordPress has made it one of the most popular solutions on the internet for building websites.

Through the Web Content Management Program, University IT will provide a cloud-based WordPress hosting and vendor-provided support option that will be made available across all departments, students, and staff as an alternative to the cloud Drupal platform. 

Timeline

  • MARCH 2020
     
    Hired Wordpress customer experience specialist and engaged UIT Vendor Management to assess vendor pricing models
  • March 2020 through May 2020
     
    Survey Wordpress site owners to gauge spectrum of needs and conduct vendor interviews
  • Summer 2021
     
    Launch new WordPress hosting service

Scope

What will be included in the new WordPress hosting environment?

  • Provisioning of default WordPress application
  • Integration with campus directory system
  • Site monitoring
  • 24/7 on-call support for production websites
  • ServiceNow ticket management
  • SSL certificate management
  • Log aggregation
  • Compliance with Minimum Security Requirements
  • Vulnerability scanning
  • Rescaling of web instances and the complete administration of the underlying operating system

What will not be included? 

  • Management or administration of the WordPress application, including migrations, upgrades, patches, themes and plug-in support
  • Web development, design, assistance with coding or content, or web application vulnerability remediation
  • Access to the operating system or the AWS console

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

More information coming soon.

How to get involved

More information coming soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where can I host and get support for my WordPress site?
The target release of the new WordPress hosting platform is summer 2021. For project updates, visit the WordPress Hosting Project webpage.
What will be included in the new Wordpress hosting platform?
  • Provisioning of default WordPress application
  • Integration with campus directory system
  • Site monitoring 24/7 on-call support for production websites
  • HelpSU ticket management
  • SSL certificate management Log aggregation
  • Compliance with Minimum Security Requirements
  • Vulnerability scanning
  • Rescaling of web instances and the complete administration of the underlying operating system

What will not be included:

  • Management or administration of the WordPress application, including migrations, upgrades, patches, themes and plug-in support
  • Web development, design, assistance with coding or content, or web application vulnerability remediation
  • Access to the operating system or the AWS console
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?
Information coming soon.