How do I create a website?

Important: CETS provides website hosting to active SEAS accounts.

Your personal site will only be available for as long as you have a SEAS account.

If you are the contact for an activity account that has a website, you will need to transfer ownership before you leave SEAS to ensure the site remains online.

If you require a permanent home for your content, consider ScholarlyCommons for research (see below) or contact CETS with more details.

All websites must conform to the Penn Policy on Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources.

CETS officially supports several website hosting options:

Google Sites

All SEAS accounts have access to Google@SEAS, which includes Google Sites. Since all website development is done via a web browser, this option is great for beginners. It's easy to embed other Google resources and there is no limit on the number of sites you can create. It's also easy to grant editing privileges to other Google accounts for collaboration or maintaining a wiki. Simply activate your Google@SEAS account by setting a password (if you haven't already), log into your Google@SEAS account, then visit:

Google Sites is also available via the New button in your Google Drive. Visit Sites Help to learn how to use Google Sites.

Warning: Like many Google resources, Google Sites may be blocked in mainland China. See Wikipedia's Websites blocked in mainland China chart for current status.

Note: Google plans to eventually drop support for Classic Google Sites. See the Convert your site to New Sites article for information on converting your Classic Google Site to a New Google Site.

Public HTML

All SEAS accounts include a directory for a personal website that is available at a special URL (where username is replaced with the account name):

See this Answers article for more details:


WordPress is a popular content management system (CMS) used for a significant number of sites and blogs on the Web today. More advanced skills are required for installation, but after initial setup, everything can be managed via a web browser. See this Answers article for information on installing WordPress on SEAS servers:

Note: CETS provides support for WordPress installed on SEAS servers, but not for sites hosted at or other hosting providers.


MediaWiki is the same software that powers Wikipedia. Some users prefer wiki markup for quickly deploying simple, searchable pages. See this Answers article for more information on setting up a wiki:


CETS offers limited support for CGI/PHP applications. Advanced users who are interested in developing custom code or installing third party applications to generate web pages are expected to support and maintain these applications themselves. CETS does not guarantee that custom/third party code will run as expected and does not extend server administration privileges to anyone who is not a member of the CETS staff. See this Answers article for more information about enabling CGI for an account:


Note: Due to the recent acquisition of the bepress platform by Elsevier, the Penn Library is exploring alternatives to Digital Commons and is committed to migrating and preserving currently archived materials. See the following links for more information:

Your personal site will only be available for as long as you have a SEAS account. Please consider ScholarlyCommons if you need a permanent home for research, dissertations, articles, data, etc. ScholarlyCommons provides unlimited storage and is well supported by Penn Libraries. For more information, visit:

Browse the School of Engineering and Applied Science Collections:

Explore all disciplines via an interactive graph:

External Hosting

Warning: CETS cannot provide support for services that it does not manage. If your website requires longterm support resilient to staff turnover, we strongly recommend using one of the supported options on this page. This will ensure that your website can be updated and will prevent abandoned websites from appearing in search engine results if access to the account is lost.

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