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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.

  1. Go to the Microsoft Azure for Students Starter Offer website.
    • Next, click on "Activate" as shown in the below screenshot.
    • Microsoft Azure - Web Hosting Step 1 Screenshot
  2. 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.
    • Microsoft Azure - Web Hosting Step 2 Screenshot
  3. 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.
    • Microsoft Azure - Web Hosting Step 3 Screenshot
  4. 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.
    • Microsoft Azure - Web Hosting Step 4 Screenshot
  5. About you
    • Fill out all information in this section and once completed click on "Next".
    • Microsoft Azure - Web Hosting Step 5 Screenshot
  6. Agree to the terms of use
    • 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".
    • Microsoft Azure - Web Hosting Step 6 Screenshot
  7. You are now signed into Microsoft Azure!
    • After agreeing to the terms of use you will be brought to the Azure Portal webpage where you can explore all available services. For a simple website you will want to sign up for Azure "App Services" that will give you FTP access to an area where you can upload your HTML files.
    • Microsoft Azure - Web Hosting Step 7 Screenshot
  8. Try out creating an "App Service"
    • Click on the menu icon located in the top left-hand corner of the screen
    • Microsoft Azure - Web Hosting Step 8a Screenshot
    • Next, click on "App Services".
    • Microsoft Azure - Web Hosting Step 8b Screenshot
    • Now, click on "+ Add", you will now be directed to a new page to setup your "Web App".
    • Microsoft Azure - Web Hosting Step 8c Screenshot
    • 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".
  9. You will receive FTP credentials after setting up your new platform.
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