A Self-Managed website is one that is not maintained and supported by OIT. When choosing to build a website on your own, you'll need to take into account development and design standards, hosting, and maintenance.
Development and Design Standards
The person(s) building your website should follow:
Hosting a Self-Managed Drupal Site
There are three options for hosting a Self-Managed Drupal website at the University.
- Acquia Cloud Hosting Provider
Host your website with the cloud hosting provider. Read more about an Acquia Self-Managed Cloud-based option for a website.
- OIT Departmental cPanel
Host your website on Departmental cPanel. This service is not intended for high-traffic websites. OIT cannot assist with Drupal-related configuration issues. You must apply security upgrades on your own, as they are released by Drupal, to your cPanel site.
- OIT Virtual Hosting Service
Host your website on the OIT Virtual Hosting Service. This service includes both a self-managed mode where customer completely builds the server and would be responsible for all security as well as a managed mode in which OIT would build the server and patch the OS while leaving application security and configuration to the customer.
Launching a Site
- Before launching a website, you should contact the OIT Help Desk at least 10 business days in advance of your planned launch date so that URLs and domain names can be coordinated (if needed).
- Follow the documentation for launching a site hosted by a third party service.
Security and Maintenance
- Security of your site is your responsibility.
- You should have a maintenance contract or plan in place to ensure that your website's core Drupal code, modules, and system are patched.
- To enable CAS-authentication on your site, follow the instructions at: Princeton CAS Implementation (Princeton login required).
- Use the Drupal Administration and Security Guide for more instruction.