Web Services

SEAS in collaboration with Harvard University IT offers solutions for creating personal or group websites, wikis, and course websites. If you want a seas domain for your site see: Requesting a seas.harvard.edu domain name for your site

SEAS Computing may be able to help you set up a new website, or consult with you on migrating content from another hosting service. Contact help@seas.harvard.edu for more information. We also host walk-in web support office hours on Wednesdays from 2pm - 4pm in the second floor lounge in Maxwell Dworkin (outside room 221).

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Options for setting up a personal or group website

Course websites

Updating an existing faculty, group, or class website


Options for setting up a personal or group website 

1. Open Scholar

Harvard offers Open Scholar as a web hosting platform. Open Scholar is maintained by the Harvard Web Publishing Group (HWP) and is built on Drupal.

Cost

  • (self-service) free for Harvard current faculty, researchers, academic departments, centers, and programs. You may have a site up and running in a small amount of time by choosing one of the existing themes and uploading your content yourself. For more on how to set up your free site visit OpenScholar Getting Started

  • (for-fee) HWP also offers professional web design servicss. You may request support in creating the site or migrating content. For more visit HWP Professional Services.

Notes

For any questions contact help@seas.harvard.edu.

2. Harvard Wiki

HUIT provides wiki hosting built on the Confluence platform at http://wiki.harvard.edu. Although wikis are mostly suited for collaborative work they can be used as websites.

To create a new Wiki, contact the Academic Technology Group (ATG) at atg@seas.harvard.edu. For help configuring your Wiki, see the user documentation, which includes instructions on changing permissions to view and edit content.

3. Harvard Google Sites

Google Apps for Harvard provides a suite of online tools for collaboration and communication, for use in confidential teaching, learning and research. With it, you can collaborate on word-processing and spreadsheet documents, conduct live online chats with members of the Harvard community, create simple websites, and more.

Key Features and Benefits 

Google Apps for Harvard suite includes:

  • Google Drive: Create and share documents, spreadsheets, drawings, and presentations
  • Google Calendar:  Create and share calendars with collaboration inside or outside Harvard University
  • Google Sites: Create websites using simple tools and publish them via Google
  • Google Video: Store, search, and watch video content for use in teaching and research
  • Google Groups: tool that allows students, teachers and administrators to discuss common interests, conduct research (non-HRCI) create online and email-based groups and more

Some of the benefits include:

  • Access: Easily control who can view or edit your documents
  • Version control: Centrally managed documents and information to reduce the risk of duplicated work and lapses in communication
  • Protection: Harvard’s contract with Google prevents the company from showing advertisements to users and using content kept in Google Apps for any other purpose (such as data mining).

Course Websites 

For course websites, SEAS is using Canvas, Harvard's official learning management platform, or ecosystem as we like to call it. Canvas is managed by the FAS Academic Technology Group, which provides a number of other tools for the classroom. For help with setting up your Canvas site please contact atg@fas.harvard.edu

Shopping Period Canvas Access: As of Fall 2015, anyone with a Harvard ID will get temporary access to view course sites during shopping period; students will be able to choose to add themselves to Canvas sites so they can participate in course discussions and turn in assignments prior to Study Card Day.


Updating an existing faculty, group, or class website 

If you already have a website hosted in the seas.harvard.edu domain see: Update an existing faculty, group, or class website. We encourage you to migrate your site to one of the above better supported platforms. Although we do our best to keep the sites running, we do not have the people to guaranteed uptime or 24/7 support.

For existing EECS websites see: Update an existing EECS website

If the above options do not cover your needs please contact help@seas.harvard.edu