Web Central is the university’s legacy web server and publishing environment. It is the current hosting platform for www.utexas.edu and numerous university non-www.utexas.edu domains but ultimately will be replaced by UT Web, the new shared hosting platform.
ITS manages the 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.
The Future of Web Central
Web Central is slated for retirement in early 2016. Current website owners have through the end of 2015 to archive or migrate their websites to another platform, such as UT Web, WordPress University Blog Service, or the University Wiki Service.
Web Publishing via Web Central
At this time Web Central is available for departments that still need to create websites that require hosting on the legacy environment. Until it is closer to retirement, Web Central serves as a conventional Unix-based shared web hosting platform environment, with users connecting uts.cc.utexas.edu to manipulate web files.
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 for new custom sites, and also uses Apache and PHP 5.2 in Safe Mode.
- 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 the end of 2015
Web publishing on Web Central currently is available to university departments at no cost. Related services may incur costs.