Policies and Guidelines
Faculty, staff, students, and other authorized users using Binghamton University resources for web pages should read and be familiar with the following policies:
- World Wide Web Policy
- Computer and Network Usage Policy
- Format and Style Guideline for Binghamton University Web Pages
- Guidelines for Data Security
The very nature of web servers makes sensitive information vulnerable to exploitation; however, there are steps you can take to limit its exposure.
Creating Web Pages
Departments, Offices, and Organizations
In most cases, departments and offices at Binghamton University that desire a web presence or need their current web site redesigned should contact the web development group in the Office of Creative Services (Drew Hill, 7-3005). If necessary, accounts will be issued for the university's content management system, OminUpdate, which will enable the appropriate persons to manage their own web pages. The University Center for Training and Development offers training courses in using OmniUpdate.
For other groups and organizations on campus as well as faculty and staff who have a need (project, research, conference, etc...), Information Technology Services will provide space on one of our other web servers. All organizations must be affiliated with Binghamton University. The head of the organization should contact John Hagan about establishing an account for this purpose. Requests are usually processed in 2-3 working days. ITS will create an account for approved requests on a Unix web server. See the document Web Pages for Campus Groups and Organizations for more information.
Faculty, Staff, and Students
Faculty who want a web site for their classes can either use Blackboard or get an account on the Bingsuns system. All members of the Binghamton University community can use their Bingsuns account to create personal web pages. See the document Instructional and Personal Web Pages for more information.
Groups chartered by the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) should contact the GSO.
Student groups that are not chartered by either organization may be able to get a web account for legitimate University business and for scholarly activity by obtaining sponsorship from a campus employee or department. The sponsor should contact John Hagan in Information Technology Services.
PHP, Perl, and Python
PHP, Perl, and Python are popular scripting languages which are particulary suitable to web development. Binghamton University supports these scripting languages on the primary campus web servers, Bingwww and Bingdev, as well as on the personal and instructional Linux web server, Harvey. See the document Using PHP, Perl, and Python.
MySQL is a fast, powerful, and easy to use database which provides an excellent backend for PHP, Perl and Python scripts. MySQL accounts are available to university affiliated departments, offices, and organizations as well as faculty and staff by request. See the document Using MySQL for more information.
Restricting Access to Web Pages
Faculty, and staff can restrict access to their web pages on Bingweb and Bingdev either by host, username/password, or by a combination of both.
Recognizing some common errors that occur when publishing or viewing web pages could save you a lot of time and headaches later on.
Departments and offices at Binghamton University that desire a web presence or need their current web site redesigned should contact the web development group in the Office of Creative Services ( 607-777-3005).
Faculty and staff needing assistance with their course and/or personal web pages can contact the ITS web support group ( 607-777-2805 or 607-777-6118). The ITS web support group can also provide programming assistance for web applications using PHP and Perl as well as for database applications which use MySQL.