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Faculty Website Hosting

Description: 

In collaboraion with the academic deans, OIT offers a web hosting service for faculty websites via the new cloud-hosted OpenScholar platform. This service enables faculty to create and maintain a professional online presence without requiring too much time and effort. The platform allows users to easily customize content within branded UC Merced themes, is mobile and tablet friendlly, and is provided at no expense to faculty or departments.

Some of the benefits of moving to the new OpenScholar platform include:

  • Training, online resources, and M-F OpenScholar Help Desk are available from the vendor.
  • As the site owner, you can give permission for anyone with a UCMNetID to update or manage content on your site.
  • Three UC Merced branded themes are available with UCM colors and logo.
  • Sites are secure and managed through single sign-on (passwords are never lost).
  • The platform is cloud-hosted and will automatically receive updates and security patches.

 

What do I need to get this service?

These services are available to all UC Merced faculty with an active UCMNetID and 2-Factor Authentication (2FA). Click on the "Create Your Site" button at the top of this page to get started. Users will also need to gather and/or develop content for their website.

What is included?

OIT services for faculty websites include setting up one website shell on the OpenScholar platform. When setting up your site, you can select a personal template which creates pages for Home, Bio, Classes and Publications to quickly add content and get your site running. Alternately, there is a minimal template which allows you build the entire site on your own.

Services do not include uploading content, site design, development, or 3rd party integrations. Continuing content updates and maintenance is the responsibility of the faculty member.

There is a limit of one website per faculty.

Note: The current OpenScholar platform is based on Drupal7. We expect a platform upgrade to Drupal8 in late Fall 2019 or early Spring 2020. When that upgrade occurs, the look of faculty sites will not change, but some of the tools used to build and add content will look different. OIT will reach out to OpenScholar site owners in advance of this upgrade with resources for understanding and managing that change.

When is support for this service available?

All requests for website support should be sent to support@theopenscholar.com. Vendor support for this service is provided during standard operating hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

Additionally, OpenScholar’s video tutorials are available 24/7 by clicking on this link https://help.theopenscholar.com/video-tutorials or, using the “SUPPORT” link under Help in the top left menu when you are logged into your site.

For all other inquiries, OIT Service Desk support is provided during standard operating hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

How long does it take to get this service?

Site setup happens once users click the "Create Your Site" button, sign in, and select a template and theme.

How do I stop or change this service?

Submit a General Request to have your site deactivated or deleted.

If employment with the university ends, faculty are responsible for copying any content from the site for their future use. Faculty can also purchase an individual user site through OpenScholar and request to have their content moved. Sites will be deleted eight weeks after employment ends.

Below are links to useful resources for getting started and designing your site: