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Web Publishing

OIT provides webspace to faculty, staff and students for a number of different purposes.

  • Faculty, Staff and Students may request webspace on for individual or instructional webpages.
  • Departments and Student Organizations may request webspace which is housed directly on the server, blog.smu server, or on

About Web Publishing on Campus

Who Can Have a Web Site?

The following groups or individuals may have a web site hosted on SMU servers:

  • Any official part of the university, such as divisions, schools, departments, etc., provided that the part's site does not conflict with, duplicate, or overlap with a parent part's site.
  • Students, staff, and faculty may host academic, personal, and research sites at
  • Faculty may host academic and research sites at, but note that this is a deprecated server that doesn't have WordPress.
  • Organizations and groups:
    • Any undergraduate student organization may have a web site only while it is chartered through the Student Activities Center. This is per a 2000-ish agreement with the SAC.
    • Any graduate student organization may have a web site if it is sponsored by a school.
    • An employee group that is furthering official university business may have a space hosted within the site of their sponsoring entity.

The following may not host sites at SMU:

  • Any organization not listed above.
  • Employee organizations or causes that are not connected to official university business or exceed the employees' responsibility at the university.

Hosting Web Content

OIT provides webspace to faculty, staff and students for a number of different purposes. Use the chart below to find the right solution for you needs.
Public or marketing content of official SMU departments or sites that support official SMU business. Sites needing a blog format or features specific to WordPress.  Faculty, staff, or student personal WordPress blogs. Faculty academic and research sites. (This server is no longer recommended. All new faculty sites should go on Internal (intranet) sites, especially those needing SharePoint functionality. Internal (intranet) sites needing robust wiki functionality. Sites that cannot go anywhere else due to technical reasons. Use of this system is discouraged and should only be considered as a last resort. is a vanilla Windows web server running IIS.

There may be additional technical considerations that further narrow choices. For example, has no facility for password-protected or IP-restricted content, so intranet stuff must go on other servers.

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About Sitecore

SitecoreSitecore is a web content management tool that allows you to better manage and display data on your website.

  • Changes are made using an online website rather than a separate web editing application.
  • Templates are designed to gather specific fields of information. Once the data is entered into the template, the rendering is then determined. So one template could be used to create dozens of pages.
  • Since the template data drives the population of other pages, data only needs to be updated in one location. The rendered pages will then be updated dynamically.

NOTE:  There are reported issues with Sitecore and Internet Explorer 11. If you have IE11 on your computer, we recommend using an alternate browser like Firefox or Google Chrome to use Sitecore.

Requesting a Site on Sitecore

Schools and departments will have a presence on SiteCore.  Individual pages for organizations, faculty or people sites will not be housed on Sitecore. To request the migration of your current website or to request a site on the server, complete the request form on the Online Support Center.

For more information on using Sitecore, visit the Documentation wiki.

About Faculty.SMU

Faculty are eligible to receive server space on to host academic related websites.

Editing and Publishing on Faculty.SMU

Please note:  All new faculty sites will be created on using the Wordpress software.  This simplifies the editing process!  The instructions below pertain only to those sites on the server.

To edit and publish your website on, you must first build your site using any web page authoring tool. Sharepoint Designer, Web Expressions, and Dreamweaver are the most popular applications at SMU for web publishing. Whichever application you choose, you will need to connect to the appropriate server to upload your content. See the guidelines below:

  • Connect to (notice no www!)
  • When prompted, enter SMU\SMUID as your username and enter your SMU password
  • Depending on your application, changes may synchronize automatically upon saving the file or you may need to choose to upload the files when you are done.


In order to upload files to the server, you must have a FTPS client (An FTP client that transmits over an Explicit SSL/TLS protocol).  This client is included in Microsoft Web Expressions by default. All other applications will have to install a separate FTP client to upload/download files. We recommend installing CyberDuck as it is compatible with both the Mac and Windows Platform.

To download Cyberduck, go to

For Linux computers, we recommend using FileZilla.  Visit to download the software.

Please note: FileZilla is not currently compatible with

Connect to Faculty.SMU

Configuring Cyberduck to connect to your website

  1. Launch Cyberduck
  2. Click File
  3. Click Open Connection
  4. Enter the following:
    1. Set the drop down menu to FTP-SSL (Explicit Auth TLS) 
    2. Servername: or
    3. Username: your SMU ID number
    4. Password: Your SMU password
    5. Click the arrow to display "More Options"
    6. Enter your email alias in the Path field (i.e. cuser)
    7. Select Passive (PASV) as the connect mode
    8. Click Connect

    Configuring FileZilla to connect to your website

    1. Launch FileZilla
    2. Click the File Menu
    3. Select Site Manager
    4. Click the New Site button
    5. Set the Host to or
    6. The port number can be left blank
    7. Set the Protocol field to "FTP-file transfer protocol"
    8. Choose Exclicit FTP over TLS as the encryption type
    9. For Logon type, select "ask for password"
    10. Set User as SMUID number
    11. Click the Advanced tab
    12. In the Default remote directory field, enter /username (ex: /cuser)
    13. Then choose Connect
    14. Enter your password when prompted
    15. If you get an Unknown certificate error, click OK

    Editing your Site

    There are three basic steps to editing and publishing your website.

    1. Download a local copy of the file you wish to edit onto your computer using the FTPS utility. 
    2. Edit the webpage using your preferred web authoring tool (Dreamweaver, Sharepoint Designer etc). Save your changes to the file stored on your computer
    3. Upload the revised page to the server using an FTPS utility

    Step 1

    1. Launch Cyberduck or FileZilla.  
    2. Locate the file you wish to edit
    3. Double click on the file to download it to your computer.  If you wish to specify the download location, click the arrow next to the action icon and select Download To.

    Step 2

    1. Open the file from your computer using your preferred web authoring tool.
    2. Make all changes as needed and Save

    Step 3

    1. Launch Cyberduck or FileZilla and connect to your site
    2. Drag and Drop the file you wish to upload or
      1. Click the Upload icon
      2. Navigate to the page(s) you wish to publish
      3. Click Choose (**please note, if you use the Upload feature on the Windows client, the file extensions must be displayed)
      4. Verify that your content published successfully to the server

      About People.SMU

      Faculty, staff, students, and some student organizations are eligible to receive server space on to host individual websites. These websites utilize the WordPress software making it quick and easy to build and customize your website.

      Each student is eligible for one personal site on Faculty members can have one personal site and multiple additional sites to facilitate academic, teaching, or research needs.

      Requesting Web Space

      1. Go to and login with your SMU ID and password 
      2. Click My Sites at the top left
      3. Click Create.  Your site will automatically be provisioned using your email alias as the address


      A number of templates have been approved for use on the server.  Go to the dashboard of your site to change templates and customize your site.

      About Sites.SMU

      This particular webserver ( is designed to host departmental web content that is not compatible with the Sitecore environment.  Whenever possible, all content should reside on Sitecore and utilize the approved templates and branding. Any exceptions must be requested and will be reviewed based one need.

      Publishing on Sites.SMU

      Publishing on this server is similar to the process in place for You will need an authoring tool (such as Sharepoint Designer or Dreamweaver) and an FTPS client (such as Cyberduck) to upload the content to the server. Please note: Filezilla and WinSCP are currently not compatible with this server.

      Requesting Access or Exceptions

      Please email with the reason for requesting access to Please include current URLs if applicable to the content type that can not be hosted on Sitecore.


      Using Dreamweaver to connect to Sites.SMU

      Instructions and FAQs