Personal Websites

While LAS IT does not offer services specific to developing a personal, bio, or research website at this time, here is what we can currently recommend.

Tools

When we need to maintain a static website, which is not in our content management system, we use Adobe Dreamweaver. While there are a wide variety of tools used to built or update websites, Dreamweaver is a flexible tool which also combines the ability to publish finished content to a web server. It is not among the software provided by the College, however it is available through the UIC webstore for a very affordable price.

If you are using a FACT computer, LAS IT can help with the installation of the software.

If you need help configuring a site in Dreamweaver, so you can have a local copy and a connection to publish to the web server where the site will be hosted, you can consult with us.

Hosting

Many of our users will use the hosting space available through ACCC.

Training

Once again, we'd like to point users toward the services provided to campus for training in the use of Dreamweaver. You can find a login for Lynda.com on the ACCC Training page. We've found there to be some very detailed course videos on the use of Dreamweaver with a nice index to jump right to the type of information you are looking for. After you've made use of this training, if you still need to consult with us, you can submit a ticket to our web queue.

Accessibility

We'd like to remind anyone working on content for the web that there is a responsibility and mandate to insure the content is accessible. As a starting point, the Web Accessibility at UIC site will provide some information about what it means and what tools can be used to test your site.

Future

There have been some recent additional efforts to address the need for personal websites on the campus level through people.uic.edu. This may become the preferred alternative for the traditional hosting on Tigger.

The campus is also starting to offer sites through publish.uic.edu. These sites are built upon WordPress and include a few options of UIC templates. LAS is keeping an eye on this service and it may be a great solution for giving research groups a web presence which goes beyond what the department can support through their website.

Additionally, once LAS has met the needs of units and program websites through our LAS web template, we may be able to provide more resources toward way for people to publish to the web for personal and research sites using a web-based tool instead the Dreamweaver approach which can require working with "code" and requires managing and transferring files.

Through our department websites, we've also considered the need to make it easier for faculty to be able to update the content which appears on their bio page. Perhaps if this is addressed, the type and breadth of content made available there will address and eliminate the need for a separate personal website for some.