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Web Infrastructure & Resources

On December 13, 2018 between 5 and 6 a.m., University IT will update the operating system running on the central web servers, also known as AFS web hosting. Website owners are urged to test their websites to see if they are affected by this update.

For details, see Central Web Servers / AFS Web Hosting Update


Stanford’s centrally provided web services are available free to University departments, officially recognized groups, and all members of the Stanford community who have a full-service SUNet ID. These services are part of the main campus computing infrastructure and are handled by a server called For a broader overview of web related services, visit the University Web Services page.


  • Vanity URLs
    Change a long, clumsy URL into one much shorter and easier to remember.
  • Fancy Indexing
    The server can generate directory listings for the directories that do not have an index.html file.
  • Server-Side Includes
    You can add limited dynamic content to existing HTML documents.
  • Limiting Access
    Limit access to your web pages at the network level and/or by password protection.
  • Secure connection
    How to ensure the security of web pages that contain sensitive data.
  • Publishing
    How to put your web pages onto the web servers.
  • Page Redirects
    You can setup an automatic redirect for a page. For example, visitors requesting your old home page can be redirected to your new home page.
  • CGI Service
    You can use the CGI service to provide dynamic content, collect and process user input, and generate visitor statistics.
  • MySQL Database Hosting
  • Log Dump and Analysis Service
    You can request raw server logs for your web site and run the logs through the statistics generator of your choice, let Administrative Systems' Analysis Service perform the analysis for you, or both. If you need cumulative reports on more than one directory or reports on a proxy, you can use the Compound Requests Form.

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Last modified April 8, 2019