General Questions

  1. What is the replacement for FrontPage?
  2. Is this server secure?
  3. Is this server reliable?
  4. Can I get a redirect from my old site to this server?
  5. I can't install software on my computer. Can I have a website?
  6. I am a retiree and have a website on another server. Can I move it here?
  7. I run a student organization on campus. Can I host it here?
  8. I am a student. Can I have a website?
  9. What is a blog? An "OUCampus"?
  10. Can I place personal items on my website?
  11. What website editing programs can I use?
  12. Why do I need to move my website from Virtual?
  13. Why do I need to agree to the Hosting Service Guidelines?

 

  1. What is the replacement for Microsoft FrontPage?

    The Yosemite Community College District has implemented a web hosting service that will permit employees to connect and edit their web sites using any website editor currently available for purchase. Traditionally, however, we have offered FrontPage free of charge for on-campus use per a site license agreement with Microsoft. With the elimination of the FrontPage product line, we have re-evaluated our software offerings and now support the use of OmniUpdate OU Campus as our free website editing option. This browser based CMS is more than sufficient for most hosted website users.
  2. Is this server secure?

    The new YCCD web hosting server utilizes numerous technologies to secure websites from both external attack, and internal interference by other YCCD Hosting Accounts. This server exceeds all state and federal data security requirements.
  3. Is this server reliable?

    The new YCCD Web Hosting Server is running on YCCD's redundant and virtualized hardware platform, which allows us to achieve very high uptime percentages. Downtime is generally limited to our maintenance windows (Thursdays, before 6 AM), and occasional pre-announced upgrade periods.
  4. Can I get a redirect from my old site to this server?

    Yes! Send an email to webmaster@yosemite.edu. Enter "Hosting Redirect Request" as your email subject, and place your name, the complete address of your old website, and the complete website address of your new website in the body. Redirects will remain active for 6 months after their creation.
  5. I can't install software on my computer. Can I have a web site?

    Yes. The OmniUpdate OU Campus editor is entirely browser-based and does not require the installation of any software on your computer. If you can browse the web, you can edit a web site!
  6. I am a retiree and have a website on another server. Can I host it here?

    The use of YCCD web hosting services is limited to current employees of the Yosemite Community College District, including all full-time and part-time certificated, classified, and management staff. The use of website hosting services after retirement is not a negotiated benefit, and is not officially sanctioned on either this or any previous generation of web server. Because of the structure of our earlier web servers, it was often difficult for us to identify the websites of retirees and notify them of this limitation, so many retiree websites continued to operate without interference.

    The current generation of the YCCD Web Hosting Servers includes vastly improved account management tools that automatically remove website access from employees upon retiring. We cannot offer website hosting to retired employees.
  7. I run a student organization on campus. Can I host it here?

    Websites for student organizations that are exclusively managed by a staff advisor may be posted to this server, but are administratively considered to be "work-related personal sites" operated by the employee. As such, the employee is reponsible for all content posted to that site, and for assuring that any posted content is in compliance with applicable state and federal laws, policies and procedures as specified by the YCCD Board of Trustees, and the YCCD Web Hosting Service Guidelines. This includes restrictions against posting materials of a political nature, for commercial gain, or which violates copyright or trademark rights.

    Websites to be managed by the student members cannot be hosted on YCCD Hosting Servers. We suggest that student organizations interested in setting up websites contact the Associated Students organization on their campus for assistance.
  8. I am a student. Can I have a website?

    We're sorry, but YCCD does not offer website hosting services to students.
  9. What is a blog? An OU Campus?

    It is strongly advised that all employees who seek to host web sites on this server pursue training to acquaint themselves with the various technologies on this server. If you are seeing terms on the Web Hosting Support Site that are unknown or confusing to you, please contact the web support personnell on your campus to inquire about training opportunities.
  10. Can I place personal items on my web site?

    Yes. YCCD Policy and the Hosting Service Guidelines require that all web sites be related to your employment or position at YCCD but, like district email, we do permit employees to make limited personal use of these resources. Personal use, in this sense, refers to the hosting of photos, blogs, or other materials that in no way relates to your employment with the district. Please remember that all personal items hosted on this server must still abide by all applicable state and federal laws, YCCD Board Policies, and the YCCD Web Hosting Service Guidelines. Personal usage also must not negatively impact or cause excessive load on the YCCD Web Hosting Servers, or degrade the performance of any other websites hosted on those servers. Requests for additional disk space will not be granted for sites that contain a large amount of personal material (generally exceeding 10% of your total usage).
  11. What website editing programs can I use?

    YCCD provides the OU Campus content management system to employees for website management at no charge.

    The YCCD Web Hosting Servers also support external connectivity using both WebDAV and FTPeS SSL/TLS. These connection technologies will allow nearly all modern website editing applications to connect to, and edit, websites on this server.
  12. Why do I need to move my website from Virtual?

    In 2006, Microsoft announced its intention to terminate the Microsoft FrontPage product line, and support for many features were terminated as of December 2010. As a result, the Yosemite Community College District, with input from faculty, staff, and management from both colleges, re-evaluated our web hosting technology needs and selected a new platform-neutral hosting solution that would allow employees to use the website editing tools of their choice.

    YCCD IT initially investigated the possibility of repairing and upgrading Virtual to this new platform, but the extensive differences between made a direct upgrade nearly impossible. The presence of an extensive amount of legacy configurations, and a large number of abandoned websites on that server, eventually drove the decision to retire Virtual and replace it with an entirely new website hosting platform.
  13. Why do I need to agree to the Hosting Service Guidelines?

    The YCCD Web Site Hosting Service Guidelines are not new, but are based on a collection of board policies, state and federal laws, and operational limitations that have existed since the creation of our hosting services in 1998. Many of the guideline items are merely offered as advisories. Because of repeated questions among and from employees regarding the many laws, YCCD policies, and limitations surrounding the use of district-owned servers, the Yosemite Community College District has decided to consolidate the various governing "rules and limitations" into a single document for your reference. The document was reviewed and approved by the YCCD Chancellors Office, and does not impose any new limitations, or extend any existing policies or procedures, on employee usage of these servers.

    Because the web hosting usage limitations originate from state and federal law, and YCCD board policy, we cannot offer hosting services to employees who cannot agree to these terms.