Server Information

The Yosemite Community College District offers website hosting for all faculty, staff, departments, and grant programs associated with the District. The servers are managed by the YCCD Information Technology department for the benefit of the entire community college district and the communities we serve. This service is a direct continuation of the Yosemite Community College District's longstanding commitment to the adoption and promotion of Internet technology for the purpose of enhancing student learning. YCCD web hosting can trace its roots to the CCC-InfoNet, which was originally established and managed in 1986 by Modesto Junior College as the first statewide community college electronic information network, and which began offering Internet data storage and publishing in 1995.

Please read on for additional information about our current generation of web hosting servers, or click the "jump links" below to view an area of interest.

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Technologies Supported

The current generation of YCCD Website Hosting operates using a Microsoft™ Windows Server 2008 R2™ operating system and offers support for a wide range of the latest web and application development languages and technologies including:

  • Conventional HTML
  • XHTML/XML
  • ASP.NET 4.0 (including VB.Net, C#, and other languages within the .Net Framework)
  • Classic ASP/VBScript
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Compact Edition
  • MySQL 5
  • PHP 5
  • SSI
  • And many more. Contact the YCCD HelpDesk for more information if you require a technology that is not listed here.

Server Space

All YCCD Website Hosting accounts are initially deployed with 150 megabytes of disk space. The average hosted website on YCCD servers is approximately 50 megabytes in size, so the default allocation is typically enough for most users. YCCD IT will increase the disk space allocation for any hosted website, by request of the user, if the website owner can demonstrate a need for additional space and if the website is currently being operated under the terms defined in the YCCD Web Hosting Service Guidelines.

Connections & Editing Clients

Unlike previous iterations of web hosting services at YCCD, all current web hosting servers utilize standard connection technologies to permit connections from the widest range of clients. The Web Hosting Service contains three browser based file and content management applications which permit website owners to manage web content without installing any software onto their client computer. These include:

  • OmniUpdate OUCampus™. OUCampus is a fully featured, and easy to use, website content management application capable of directly editing and organizing all of your website content. OUCampus is a powerful website management tool that is easily usable by website owners of all skill levels,
  • WordPress™. The most popular blogging software in the world is also available at YCCD! Pre-configured WordPress blogs provide a straightforward way for website owners to publish and manage files and information within their site, using only a web browser.
  • Online File Manager. Located within the Site Management screens, the Online File Manager allows simplified management of your website at a filesystem level directly from your web browser. Upload, download, or rename files and folders with ease.

Many website owners may be interested in using other third party tools to update and manage their websites, including the popular Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Expression, or Apple iWeb. The YCCD Web Hosting Server offers two connection types that will allow these, and all other, editing applications to sync with your hosted website. These tools are:

  • WebDAV. Directly supported by all versions of Microsoft Windows since XP, Apple OSX, and Linux. WebDAV is a fast and secure connection protocol that will allow any web editor on a supported computer to connect directly to a website, and the protocol is supported natively on virtually all popular web editing applications.
  • FTPeS, or FTP over Explicit SSL. This recent and secure update to the classic FTP protocol is supported by a number of FTP applications, and is expected to displace all competing secure FTP protocols in coming years.

Host & Domain Names

The current version of the YCCD Website Hosting server is the first to support sub-domains for all standard websites hosted on this server. Faculty, staff, and administrators will be permitted to choose the primary domain for their website from the three currently owned by YCCD (yosemite.edu, mjc.edu, gocolumbia.edu.) Additionally, website owners will need to select a "specifying type" for their website domain. The current options for the specifying type are "sites" (generic use), "faculty", "staff", "comm" (community, communication, or committee), or "events". The structure of your new hostname will be as follows:

 Visual description of domain hostnames

Grant programs and other non-personal websites may also register custom domain names with external registrars and utilize those instead. Certain restrictions apply, so please contact the YCCD HelpDesk or your college webmaster if you are interested in this option.

Security

The security of your information is paramount. Features designed to ensure a safe publishing environment include:

  • Mandatory encryption of all incoming editing connections using browser based management tools or the FTPeS and WebDAV connection protocols.
  • Website memory isolation, to prevent applications in one website from "snooping" into another.
  • Website process limiters, to prevent one "busy" website from degrading the performance of other websites on the same server.
  • Multi-level user security, to lock down your files and keep unauthorized users out.
  • Full 2048 bit SSL availability for all hosted websites.
  • AES encryption available for SQL databases and .Net 4.0 based applications.
  • Multi-level backups, to allow the rapid or thorough restoration of websites, should an accidental deletion occur.
  • Real-time scans of server file-systems to detect and remove potentially hostile material that may have been uploaded by other users.