Website Creation

As a member of the Portland State community, you can choose from the following options to build a website, depending on your site’s intended audience and the level of technical assistance you need.

Official PSU department and organization websites

Official PSU department and organization websites are governed by the Office of University Communication’s Web Communications team. Training is required before you can receive access to edit existing PSU sites. Contact Web Communications to learn more about accessing existing sites that use the Enterprise Content Management System, Drupal. 

Note: Due to the Enterprise Update Project, University Communications is not accepting new site requests at this time.

Student organization websites

Student organizations at PSU can use OrgSync to set up a simple website for their group. To sign up for a student organization website, contact Student Activities & Leadership Programs (SALP). 

Websites for individual work, projects, and teams

Students, faculty, and staff who want to create a website to host individual work, project work, team information, or any other PSU-related content that does not qualify for an official PSU department or organization site can choose from the following options:

  • Google Sites at PSU
  • PSU Personal web space
  • Hosting services from the Office of Information Technology
  • Commissioned web applications from the Office of Information Technology

Google Sites at PSU

You can use Google Sites at PSU to build a basic website. Google Sites provide website templates, a simple-to-use interface, and do not require any knowledge of web design coding. For more information, visit Google Sites at PSU.

PSU Personal Web Space

PSU offers personal web space on its own web servers to students, faculty, and staff. This space can be used immediately, without the need to request hosting services. For more information about using this service, visit PSU Personal Web Space.

OIT Web Hosting

If your site is not an official PSU department or organization website, and has requirements beyond what PSU personal web space can provide, you may qualify for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) web hosting services. View full details for Basic Hosting and Plus Hosting plans in the OIT Web Hosting Terms and Conditions. To request OIT web hosting, complete the Website Hosting or Access Request form.

Basic Hosting

Basic hosting is appropriate for those with minimal web hosting needs, who require more space or resources than personal web space, such as the need to host a MySQL database (required to install a content management system such as WordPress).

Plus Hosting

Plus hosting is appropriate for those with web hosting needs that extend beyond what Basic Hosting can offer, such as the need to run current PHP, Python, Java, or Ruby web applications. This is a billed service; please view current pricing on the Service Catalog page.

Commissioned Web Applications

If you have more extensive development needs, another option is a custom-built web application. Available to PSU students, faculty, staff, community members and organizations, this fee-based service may not be appropriate for all situations. For more information, contact OIT’s Web and Mobile team to arrange a consultation.