Websites & Hosting:

Web Service Options:

Web services are available to students, staff, faculty, colleges, departments, and organizations affiliated with Colorado State University. Depending on your role and needs, you will find help and resources from either the Division of IT or the department of University Web Management in the university’s Division of University Marketing and Communications.

Colleges, departments and organizations: are set up with a special account for web services. The Division of IT provides the accounts, storage space and web services but does not provide end user support for authoring web pages.

  • WordPress: University Web Management hosts web sites on the WordPress platform using themes that they develop and maintain, which follow university branding and graphic standards. They also offer hosting for WordPress sites created by other groups.  To begin the process, please contact University Web Management.
  • .NET web applications: the Division of IT hosts web sites utilizing .NET technologies on IIS web servers. They provide the account, storage space and web services but do not provide end-user support for authoring web pages. To set up your .NET web hosting, email to request an account.

Students, Faculty, and Staff: May create a personal web site via Google Apps for CSU.

Web Hosting Services

To request a Web Server Account, please contact

Advanced server-side scripting, robust database functionality

ACNS provides accounts for Windows web services for departments and colleges to build dynamic, database-driven web sites using the Microsoft .NET Framework. More details are listed below. For information contact


The Windows-based dynamic Web servers are provided in a dual-server configuration: both a development and production system are available. The two servers are configured identically such that the production environment is duplicated in the development environment. These servers run the Microsoft Windows Server Operating System with Internet Information Services, and support only Microsoft .NET Framework technologies.

We require that departments develop and test all code on the development server before posting content to the production server. ACNS reserves the right to shut down a web site that is noticeably impacting the performance of the web server and other sites on that server until the problem can be resolved.

Database Support

ACNS offers database connectivity in conjunction with the Dynamic Web Servers via Microsoft SQL Server databases.

Getting started / miscellaneous information

  • Dynamic web services are available to colleges, departments, and organizations. If an interested department already has a CWIS account on one of the Unix systems, an account of the same name will be created on the dynamic web servers. If an interested department does not already have a CWIS account, one may be obtained by contacting
    Dynamic web services are not offered to students or for faculty/staff personal web sites.
  • Getting Started: ACNS will create an account, provide storage space, and help with the setup for database connectivity
  • Access to CWIS account content directories: on the servers is available via Windows Networking shared drives, or by FTP.
  • Virtual site hosting: is available on an as-needed basis. (Virtual Hosting means that while the name of our production server might be, we could host a “virtual” web site named “” if desired.)
  • Client authoring software: If needed, end users must purchase their own client authoring software (Dreamweaver, Microsoft Visual Studio, etc.). Additionally, end users must know how to create and manage their own databases and write the dynamic web code to interact with the database. Alternatively you can contact CSU’s Web Management which provides these services.
  • Fees/Quotas: At this time there is no charge for use of the Dynamic Web Servers. While we are not placing strict quotas on disk space, we will monitor disk usage and from time to time will make determinations about disproportionate disk usage and make suitable arrangements with the department involved.

Students, Faculty, and Staff: May create a personal web site via Google Apps for CSU.

ACNS provides hosting of virtual servers (VMs) via the campus cloud service.

Free hosting of non-CSU personal website or blog can be created at

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