The University of Texas at Austin

Web Central

Overview

Web Central to be Retired

With the endorsement of IT Governance, Information Technology Services (ITS) plans to retire Web Central and the UTS email service in the summer of 2016. Website owners and email address users will have through the end of June 2016 to archive or migrate their websites or email services to another platform. ITS is currently in the process of consulting with customers and creating documentation to help users develop appropriate plans for moving away from Web Central; this documentation will be made available in the coming months.

Legacy Web Hosting

Web Central is the university’s legacy web server and publishing environment, which has been replaced by
UT Web, the new shared hosting platform. ITS manages the legacy Web Central publishing space and related tools and utilities to support web developers on campus.

Web Central does not meet the requirements for hosting classified data. Category-I data, including FERPA-protected data, must NOT be stored on Web Central.

Web Publishing via Web Central

At this time Web Central is available only for departments that have existing websites on the legacy environment. New sites on Web Central will be created only if they need to programmatically interact with existing sites. Developers who need to build websites that require a Unix-based shared web hosting platform should use UT Web.

The standard technology stack is Solaris, Apache and PHP 5.2 in Safe Mode for www.utexas.edu sites. Custom domains such as landmarks.utexas.edu can be hosted on Web Central; the custom-domain hosting service employs both Solaris and RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5) environments, with RHEL5 being the default, and also uses Apache and PHP 5.2 in Safe Mode.

Features

  • UNIX (UTS) users accounts and file storage
  • File ownership groups for shared content editing
  • Supports SSL-based authentication Web access to content (requires an SSL Certificate)
  • Supports UT EID logon authentication via the Transitional Fat Cookie
  • Migrations through June 2016

Cost

Web publishing on Web Central currently is available to university departments at no cost. Related services such as databases may incur costs.

We Can Help

Get help from an expert:

* ITS Help and Service Desk

* Call us at 512-475-9400

* Submit a help request online

We also have a walk-in service in the first floor lobby of the Flawn Academic Center (FAC). Stop by and let us help you!