Getting Started

Department Account on Central UNIX

The University provides one Central UNIX account (Department Library Account) free of charge to all officially recognized Cal Poly departments. This account is located on the Central UNIX instructional servers and can be used to host Web files. A list of eligible Cal Poly Departments can be found through the "Organizational Accounts" page.

Department Library accounts may be used for educational support such as course development, Web pages, and Specially Named System Mail Aliases (an email distribution list stored on a Central UNIX account).

Custom Web Addresses

A Custom Web Address (a.k.a. vanity name or custom URL) that defines a particular Web address/url for a Web site is also available.


There are restrictions on certain types of activities that can be engaged in through Web sites on Department Library accounts. Since these accounts are hosted on Central UNIX instructional servers, Web pages that are designed to market or sell products or services are not permitted (fundraising and event promotion for the department/program are excepted). Enterprise type Web sites must be hosted by non-instructional, department owned, Cal Poly Corporation, ASI, or outside web servers. For more information, consult Cal Poly's Information Technology Resources Responsible Use Policy.

Getting an Account on Central UNIX

Additional assistance...

A list of local area network support contacts that can explain non-instructional Web resources that are available to your department can be found at the Service Desk Web site. See the “Support Contacts by Department” drop down menu.

Creating a Web site and placing it on Central UNIX

Use these steps to assist you with creating a Web site and publishing it on Central UNIX

STEP 1) Planning a Web site

Use the Planning section of this site (the Web Authoring Resource Center) to help you conceptualize and figure out the layout and navigation or your Web site.

STEP 2) Obtain Dreamweaver Training

For information on obtaining Dreamweaver training, ITS suggests that users obtain training through the training website.

STEP 3) Download the Cal Poly Web Template and Build Your Site

Obtain the template from the University Identity - Templates section of this site. Use the template instructions to setup your site. The Cal Poly web template is 100% web accessible and incorporates the campus' identity requirements. Departments should use the Cal Poly Web template for their web sites.

STEP 4) Upload your Web site on Central UNIX

Use the Central UNIX Web Tools Web site to upload your website to the Central UNIX Web server.