The Linux Apache MySQL PHP (LAMP) website servers hosted by the Division of IT were originally deployed in 2009 to support university website hosting needs. Since the original deployment of LAMPs, DIT has added newer, more modern web hosting services that can better support current accessibility and security standards.
These newer website hosting solutions scale better, are more secure, and provide a more modern framework. Rather than making the further investment to update the LAMP server hosting service, it will be retired. To learn about the newer website hosting options, please visit Choose a Web Hosting Service.
NOTE: If your site accepts payment cards or has a link for customers to pay by credit card, the new hosting server must meet PCI compliance standards. Contact email@example.com to discuss the process. Those sites will need to move away from LAMP on a shorter timeframe than the overall retirement deadline.
DIT offers quite a few newer, more modern, web hosting services.
The Website Administration team frequently assists website and content administrators with provisioning supported website hosting solutions. After reviewing the supported solutions noted above, please feel free to request a website or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a backup of your site provided to you or have questions about the website offerings.
DIT representatives from the Unix and Website Administration team will be available for discussions throughout the retirement process. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
Currently, the Google Sites, Static Hosting, and WordPress hosting services are available at no charge. Pricing for Drupal hosting on Pantheon is posted in the IT Service Catalog.
The solutions offered by DIT may not meet the needs of all site owners. It is not a requirement that UMD sites are hosted on DIT services. While we encourage site owners to migrate to a more secure and modern platform, significant site redesign could be required to do so. As you research third-party providers, please keep in mind that providers may require site administrators to perform backend work (patching, software version control, admin user access, system administrator functions, etc.). Also, please ensure that UMD website requirements are supported, for example, web accessibility and PCI compliance.
While DIT can’t do code review, we can provide a zipped version of the website that content owners may be able to use to bring the site up with a third-party provider--this may reduce the time needed to deploy a new website. DIT can provide the software versions currently being used in LAMP, which may be helpful in a discussion with a new hosting provider. Please note that a major code overhaul may be required for the site to function properly in a new hosted environment.
Please refer to https://www.umd.edu/web-accessibility. If a third-party vendor will be hosting a link to accept payment cards or has a link for customers to pay by credit cards, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before engaging with this vendor to ensure they meet PCI Compliance Standards.
If your site accepts payment cards or has a link for customers to pay by credit card, the new hosting server must meet PCI Compliance Standards. Contact email@example.com to discuss the process. Those sites will also need to move away from LAMP on a much shorter timeframe than the overall retirement deadline.