If you need a website contact the public affairs staff in your department. They work closely with the COFA Web team and are aware of available options and resources.
College and Department Websites
All initiatives within the college should be referred and linked to by one of the department’s and/or on the college website.
Program Level Websites
The COFA Web team administers websites for many programs utilizing the University of Texas Blog Service. Contact your public relations staff to see if your program is a good fit for this service.
Do it yourself with Web publishing options on Web Central are provided by the university. University services are more secure and stable than externally provided web services and the university staff can assist you. Hosting your website outside of the university is not recommended. If funding is available you could hire a contractor. Please contact us for guidance.
University Web Services
The university provides many tools that can help you get your content online.
- Faculty, staff and students can use Google Drive and Google Sites associated with UTmail accounts to host webpages.
- UT Digital Repository is an online library. Scholarly and research work is easily accessed online through a persistent web address.
- Share and store images with the Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) (or Portfolio) service.
- Faculty can use theCanvas Learning Management System.
- Currently, Blackboard is still available. Learn more on the Center for Teaching and Learning website.
External Web or Cloud Services
Options to provide content online hosted by third party vendors store data on servers outside of university control. Read the Information Security Office’s Cloud Services guide on the risks of data mining, advertising, security, privacy and reliability before utilizing these services.
Two external Web services being utilized for some of our college Web content needs have been approved by the Information Security Office. They are UTBox for online document sharing and Qualtrics to create online surveys. Note that SquareSpace has not been approved for university content.
Social networks, like Facebook make it easy for to communicate. They are external cloud services and reserve a number of rights so it is important read the terms of service. By using them, you may be assigning rights you don’t own. Social networks in the College.
Contact the COFA Web team for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.