Web Hosting for SOM Student Organizations
SOM Student Organizations
To be officially hosted, Student Organization websites require pre-approval from the SOM Office of Student Affairs. Once official, they are listed with all the other Student Organizations on the Student Affairs website and the MedEd Student Web Portal .
Students are responsible for creating their SOM student organizational websites.
For SOM Student Organizations that have website development experience, a variety of tools are available:
For the Mac, we suggest iWeb (part of the iLife package) or Dreamweaver.
For the PC, the editor of choice is Dreamweaver.
Also, there are many internet sites that allow users to download a graphical templates for web development at no (or very little) cost. Below are a few examples. See the specific site for terms of usage.
- If students seek to develop a website for their SOM Student Organization and they have limited website development experience, there is an alternative. They can elect to use the Medical Education Content Management System (CMS) and the standard template it provides. The MedEd CMS contains a WYSIWYG editor and the capability to include hyperlinks, tables, documents, images and movies. A one hour CMS session by EdCom staff provides enough training to get the student organization's website team up and running. Here are some examples of SOM Student Organization websites developed using the MedEd CMS: Emergency Medicine Interest Group , Peer Mentors and Doctors Ought to Care .
EdCom Web Hosting Policies
- Sites must be in compliance with the Acceptable Use Policy.
- For Student Organization websites, please get approval from Ramon Aldecoa in the Office of Student Affairs before contacting EdCom. Information about Student Organizations can be found here .
There is no server storage limit for Student Organization websites, but they require EdCom technical assistance to create the server space and login accounts. Once EdCom receives OSA approval, the following actions occur:
- Space on the development and production servers is created with a predetermined folder name (usually an abbreviated title for the Student Organization).
- A login account is created to access the space on the development server.
- Instructions are sent to the Student Organization "webmaster" describing the login account, file transfer process, and final upload procedure (done by EdCom staff) where copies of the content from the development server are copied to the production server.
Set-Up Procedure for Websites
Student Organization members will be sent instructions after OSA approval (see Step 3 above).
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