If you are one of the many University Departments and Colleges that host their Web sites on the OUCS Web servers, you may have wondered how best to implement more advanced options, without realizing that a more comprehensive Web service is also available from OUCS via NSMS.
Managed by the NSMS team, Web hosting is available with a full range of advanced features. By hosting sites on Linux (Apache) or Windows 2008 R2 (IIS v7.5), many powerful technologies are currently available and others can be made available on request
NSMS has at its disposal two advanced rack mounted Blade systems running VMware Virtual Infrastructure and with this facility we can rapidly create and deploy Web servers to meet demanding requirements.
The ability to create new Web servers means that we can also quickly add new technologies to meet users’ requirements e.g. Java applications, Content Management Systems and reporting tools, If these are unsuitable for shared web servers, NSMS can discuss providing these on a dedicated host tailored to the customer's individual requirements, at an additional cost.
- Perl, PHP, ASP, SSI, Python, Ruby
- MySQL, ODBC, JDBC, MyODBC, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, PostgreSQL, phpMyAdmin
- Microsoft .NET, ASP.NET
Users can upload their Web pages through secured interfaces. Your username and password will be safe. Databases can be uploaded directly from your desktop and then managed remotely by a variety of industry standard means.
Graphical and textual reports are generated on the first day of each month and emailed directly to you. These highlight your Web site’s performance, including hit statistics indicating user demographics and intensity of use per page.
Please note: In terms of facilities offered, this hosting service is the most comprehensive that is offered by OUCS. You may find it useful to look at the comparison of OUCS web hosting services page to help you decide which service is the most appropriate for you.
Many Web sites are designed using a Content Management System. The NSMS Web hosting service supports the following Content Management Systems in two distinct categories according to how the server is provided:
The advanced blade server technology which hosts our main departmental Web servers also allows us to create a new Web server within minutes. Key services such as disk space and memory can be altered rapidly and with little impact on the running of the hosted site.
IIS, Apache and Tomcat platforms are all available and since our test servers are all virtual, setup, configuration and deletion is fast and efficient. When compared to the time and cost of buying and configuring your own hardware to act as Web servers, the NSMS Test and Development Servers can save you time and money.
If you wish to do more extensive development, writing your own web applications for example, you may be interested in our VM4Rent service.
For current charging information for this service see our Web hosting charges page.
The Department of Theology has an extensive and complex Web site which, by making use of many technologies, illustrates very well the main method of Web development used by many Web programmers in the University.
The key components are PHP scripts, which are used to manipulate data held in extensive MySQL databases. The databases are “hidden away” on the server, yet the webmaster can access these through a phpMyAdmin Web interface in order to make direct changes to the structure of his tables. In addition, new and updated MySQL database files can be uploaded directly from the webmaster's desktop by way of a secured FTP client.