OIT provides virtual server space for faculty, staff, and students—at no additional charge. This service is perfect for building personal and organizational websites.
On June 15, 2022, two-factor authentication will be in place for the OIT Public LAMP environment (linux.oit.utk.edu). You will receive a Duo prompt when trying to connect to your Public LAMP account using an SSH or SFTP client. In addition, WordPress updates will require a manual update and upload process. If you are using a virtual host or vanity URL with your Public LAMP account, you may continue to use the Dashboard to update WordPress.
The following guides have been created to assist you with this new process:
Set up WordPress on Volweb
How to Manually Update WordPress
How to Manually Install or Update a WordPress Plugin
How to Configure SSH and SFTP Clients (including Dreamweaver)
The Public Linux Environment is a robust, full-stack LAMP service running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It includes public websites hosted on Volweb (http://volweb.utk.edu/~) which feature a 1 GB quota, various programming languages, Apache, and access to our MySQL database service. After creating a Public Linux account, UT students, staff, and faculty can build websites, compile programs, edit files, and more. Your Public Linux account will be available for one year after you leave the university.
Volweb is the web hosting part of the Public Linux Environment. Volweb can host content management systems, like WordPress sites using the UT Template, and is accessed by NetID and password.
Learn more about Public Linux accounts
Sign up for your personal account
OIT offers a managed WordPress service that is designed to allow departments, faculty, and staff to manage the content of their WordPress web pages while OIT manages the WordPress installation. Custom/vanity URLs (virtual hosts) are included with an OIT-Supported WordPress site.
Learn more about OIT-Supported WordPress
Do you need help deciding between OIT-Supported WordPress and Public LAMP? Discover which web hosting solution is right for you.
MySQL is a popular open-source SQL database management system. It is often used as a free back-end database for many web and open source applications. If you’re planning to set up WordPress on your Linux server, you will also need to sign up for a MySQL database.
Learn more about MySQL
Set up your MySQL database
OIT offers custom/vanity URLs (virtual hosts) for UTK organizations and departments. Examples include registrar.utk.edu, payroll.tennessee.edu, and italian.utk.edu.
Learn more about the Custom URL/Vanity Websites (Virtual Host) options