Getting Started

Individual Web Accounts on Central UNIX

The University provides one Central UNIX account that can be used to host Web sites to all students enrolled in Cal Poly (state-supported) instruction and to Cal Poly (state) faculty, staff, and emeritus employees.

Individual accounts may be used for educational support such as course development and personal Web pages.


There are restrictions on certain types of activities you can engage in through your Web site. Individual accounts hosted on Central UNIX may not host Web pages that are designed to market or sell products or services. 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.

Custom Web Addresses

Custom Web Addresses (a.k.a. vanity name or Custom URL) that define a particular Web address/url are not available for individual accounts.

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.

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.