How do I create a website?

CETS supports several options for hosting your website:

Public HTML

All SEAS accounts include an html directory for a personal website available at a special URL (where username is replaced with the account name):

Any files placed in this directory, including HTML, will be immediately available on the Web. See this article for more information.

Google Sites

All SEAS accounts have access to Google@SEAS, which includes Google Sites. Since all website development is done via a web browser, this option is great for beginners. Google Sites includes support for themes and widgets, and there is no limit on the number of sites you can create. It's also easy to grant other Google accounts editing privileges for collaboration or maintaining a wiki. Simply activate your Google@SEAS account and visit:

Note: Google plans to drop support for "classic" Google Sites and will announce the timeline for deprecation in 2018. The "new" Google Sites is available via the New button in Google Drive, but is not working in Google@SEAS at this time. The cause is under investigation.


WordPress is a popular content management system (CMS) used for a significant number of sites and blogs on the Web today. More advanced skills are required for installation, but after initial setup, everything can be managed via a web browser. See this article for information on installing WordPress on SEAS servers.


In addition to Google Sites, CETS supports MediaWiki, the software that powers Wikipedia. Some users prefer wiki markup for quickly deploying simple, searchable pages. See this article for more information on setting up a wiki.


Your personal site will only be available for as long as you have a SEAS account. Please consider ScholarlyCommons if you need a permanent home for research, dissertations, articles, data, etc. This wonderful resource provides unlimited storage and is well supported by Penn Libraries. For more information, visit:

Browse the School of Engineering and Applied Science Collections:

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External Hosting

Please note that CETS cannot provide support for services that it does not manage. If your website requires longterm support that can withstand turnover in personnel, we strongly recommend using one of the supported options on this page. This will ensure that your website can be updated and prevent abandoned websites from appearing in search engine results if access to the account is lost.

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