UW-Physics Web Publishing

WordPress Websites

We can host a website for you with an address such as

  • your-research-group.physics.wisc.edu
  • www.physics.wisc.edu/your-research-group
  • home.physics.wisc.edu/your-name

Similar schemes involving other domains owned by the Department are also possible.

Examples: wiqi.physics.wisc.edu, www.hep.wisc.edu/cms, and www.hep.wisc.edu/home/dasu.

You and the people you designate can log in via NetID and edit the site in a browser.  You can easily set up multiple pages, menus, a blog, and incorporate images.  There is a default UW theme, and many other themes are available to configure the layout and appearance of the site.

Graduate students are welcome to use this service too.  However, we can’t guarantee to be able to continue hosting the site indefinitely after your graduation.  If you plan to have a longer duration website, consider an external hosting service such as wordpress.com or GitHub Pages.

To get started, contact help@physics.wisc.edu.

Important note: never use this WordPress system to store sensitive information such as files containing social security numbers or other similar things, even if you configure restricted access to the file.  The system is not suitably designed to handle that type of information.  Any accidental exposure of such files is taken very seriously, as there may be legal consequences. See Handling Sensitive Data.

File-based Websites

Instead of using WordPress, web pages can be managed using html files. Contact help@physics.wisc.edu for to get started .

Files put in the “public/html” subdirectory of your home directory are accessible from the web via the URL

  • http://pages.physics.wisc.edu/~yourlogin/

Other URLs are possible for group and project websites.

One way to publish personal web content is to configure your web publishing software to use the parameters below.

Access/security Type: SFTP
Server Name: login.physics.wisc.edu (or, in hep.wisc.edu: login.hep.wisc.edu)
Directory: /afs/physics.wisc.edu/home/yourlogin/public/html (or, in hep.wisc.edu: /afs/hep.wisc.edu/home/yourlogin/public_html)

It is also possible to use the “sftp” or “scp” commands to publish web content.  For details, see here.

Important note: never use this web area to store sensitive information such as files containing social security numbers or other similar things, even if you configure restricted access to the file.  The system is not suitably designed to handle that type of information.  Any accidental exposure of such files is taken very seriously, as there may be legal consequences. See Handling Sensitive Data.

Department News Items

Contact Sarah Perdue about publishing news items on the news page.

Hallway Displays

Contact Sarah Perdue about adding an image to the slideshow on the hallway displays.

Department Directory

Use the form Update my Directory Entry to update your directory entry in the directory of people.