Web Hosting Services for Students
Obtaining an off-campus website account
SUNY Plattsburgh does not provide web hosting services for students (or for faculty). However, the College has a Microsoft agreement that allows students access to Microsoft Office 365, which allows for the hosting of websites, blogs, and other applications. The service also lets you download Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
The web-hosting program is called Microsoft Azure for Students Starter Offer, and it is free. The steps below will guide you through process of signing up.
- Go to the Microsoft Azure for Students Starter Offer website.
- Next, click on "Activate" as shown in the below screenshot.
- Sign-in with your Microsoft account.
- If you do not have a Microsoft Account, click on "Create one!" and follow the onscreen instructions to create your Microsoft account.
- Identity Verification by phone
- Enter your phone number and select either "Text Me" or "Call me" to verify your account and follow the onscreen instructions.
- Student Verification
- Enter your SUNY Plattsburgh email address (example: [email protected]) into the fields and then click on "Verify academic status".
- Next, after clicking on "Verify academic status", you should receive an email in your SUNY Plattsburgh student email account. Follow the instructions in the email to complete the "Student Verification" step.
- About you
- Fill out all information in this section and once completed click on "Next".
- Now, you will have to agree to the terms of the service by clicking on the checkbox as shown below and then clicking on "Sign Up".
- You are now signed into Microsoft Azure!
- Try out creating an "App Service"
- Click on the menu icon located in the top left-hand corner of the screen
- Next, click on "App Services".
- Now, click on "+ Add", you will now be directed to a new page to setup your "Web App".
- Next, fill out all information under the "Basics" tab and then click on "Review + create". Once completed, your new site will automatically have the free student subscription applied to your new "Web App".
- You will receive FTP credentials after setting up your new platform.
- We have created a short how-to video for using FTP with your new Azure website. In this video we use the free FileZilla FTP client.
- If you are not familiar with FTP, Visual Studio allows you to write your HTML code directly in the application and then "upload" to Azure directly. See this blog page on Microsoft's developer network website for more information.
- Last, there are other free options out there that can be used by students and educators alike to host websites for free. For instance, Gwiddle and SiteGround are two popular options offering free accountds to students. LITS has not tested and does not endorse either of these services.