Web Central is The University of Texas at Austin's primary Web server and publishing environment. It is the face of the university to the world, www.utexas.edu, as well as the hosting platform for numerous related domains, such as giving.utexas.edu and blantonmuseum.org.
ITS manages the Web Central publishing space and related tools and utilities to support Web publishers on campus. In partnership with University Communications and University Marketing and Creative Services, ITS provides the tools and templates that shape the look-and-feel of the university Web pages.
ITS implements and maintains the servers and technical environment, also known as uts.cc.utexas.edu. The standard technology stack is Solaris, Apache and PHP 5 in Safe Mode. The Custom Web Hosting service employs both Solaris and RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5) environments, with RHEL5 being the default for new custom sites.
Web Central is a conventional UNIX-based shared Web hosting platform environment that provides:
- UNIX user accounts and file storage
- File ownership groups for shared content editing
- Automated task execution
- Secure file transfer for content
- Shared common Web server and resources
- 24-hour operator coverage with daily backups
- Mobile-friendly content on m.utexas.edu
- Searchable using the ITS-supported Google Custom Search Engine (CSE)
- Supports connections to MySQL, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server databases
- Access to Urchin Web Analytics and the Accessibility Scanning Tool is available upon request
- Supports secure (https) Web access to content and applications via SSL
- Supports UT EID logon authentication (see Accessing EID Data)
Web publishing on Web Central is available to university departments at no cost.