Webspace

Employees of the University of Vienna can use a webspace to host personal websites as well as websites for work purposes. They can choose between a webspace with pre-installed software or an empty webspace. 

 Direct links

Webspace admin form

Submit a request to edit the webspace

Entitled persons

In general, all employees of the University of Vienna are entitled to create a webspace and manage it as administrator. After creating a webspace, you can enter further u:account UserIDs as additional administrators and/or users.  u:account for guests require the extended authorization level.

As an administrator, you can configure all webspace settings using the webspace admin form.

As a user, you can view the webspace admin form, connect to the webspace and edit its content. 

IT representatives see all webspaces allocated to their organisational unit and can independently join all these webspaces as an administrator. For example, this is helpful if the previous administrator leaves the University of Vienna. 

If an external person should be able to edit the content of a webspace, they have to set up a u:account (if they do not have one yet), which has to be approved by the IT representative. The IT representative creates the webspace and adds the external person as a user.

Creating a webspace

Open the webspace admin page and log in using your u:account login details.

Use the relevant user guide:

Available webspace versions


Webspace with installed software: WordPress

You receive a ready-to-use WordPress installation. This option is ideal if you want to publish text, images and other files on the Internet, but do not require any further functionalities. After creating the webspace, you can create and manage users in the WordPress backend using your webspace account. The WordPress software is updated continuously and automatically. You only have to independently and regularly update themes and plug-ins that you installed yourself.


Empty webspace: PHP

You receive a PHP webspace that processes files with the file ending *.PHP. Use this option for your own applications and/or for web software that you have to install yourself and that require PHP and/or a web database.

If necessary, you can edit both the Apache configuration file as well as the PHP configuration file. This is at your own responsibility. The ZID does not provide relevant support.


Empty webspace: Perl

You receive a Perl webspace. Use this option if you intend to use Perl scripts with the file ending *.CGI. If necessary, you can adapt the Apache configuration file. This is at your own responsibility. The ZID does not provide relevant support.

Available features

  • Simple migration of existing webspaces to the new system (possible until 1. July 2022)
  • Empty webspace: PHP or Perl (script languages for the creation of dynamic websites)
  • Webspace with installed software and automatic software updates: WordPress
  • Host name (URL) of webspaces for work purposes can be defined (hostnameofyourchoice.univie.ac.at)
  • Separate user administration on each webspace
  • Manage cron jobs in the form:
    Geben Sie einen Cronjob-Befehl (keine Weburl), am Beispiel für PHP in folgender Form ein:
     /usr/bin/php /var/www/html/console core:archive > /var/www/archive.log
    Nach dem Festlegen der Ausführungshäufigkeit, sichern Sie den Job mit Speichern.
  • HTML- und CSS-Dateien zum Anzeigen einer Webseite
  • SSL certificate: All websites on the webserver automatically receive a valid certificate and are accessible via https://
  • Authentication: Single sign on via Shibboleth is fully integrated and already active on webspaces with pre-installed WordPress. In addition, methods for general directory protection are available.
  • Web database: beliebig viele MariaDB-Datenbanken inklusive phpMyAdmin zur Administration
  • Web statistics: anonymous report of visits to your website
  • Viewing log files
  • Extended webspace administration for experienced users via OpenShift: This is at your own responsibility. The ZID does not provide relevant support.

If you require more storage space then 50 gb or any special resources (such as special software or databases), please contact the ZID Helpdesk before requesting a webspace. 

Migrating an existing webspace

Existing webspaces that were created before the webspace service was implemented (i.e. before 2022) can be migrated to the new system until 1. July 2022. Only registered administrators can migrate an existing webspace.

Please see the user guide Migrating existing webspace

Together with the old web spaces, any associated web databases must also be migrated to the new system, otherwise they will no longer be accessible from 1 July 2022.

More information in the user guide Migrating web database.

Launching a website


Webspace with installed software: WordPress

You can edit the website via the browser. Go to the WordPress backend of your website:

  • Personal website: https://homepage.univie.ac.at/firstname.lastname/wp-admin/
  • Website for work purposes: https://hostnameofyourchoice.univie.ac.at/wp-admin/

Log in locally to the WordPress backend using your personal u:account.

Edit the website according to your wishes. If necessary, use the user guide Editing a WordPress page and the documentation provided on WordPress.com.

Save the changes you made. They are visible online immediately.


Empty webspace 

The homepage must be called index.html (PHP webspace: index.PHP, Perl webspace: index.CGI). It must be located in the website folder /html/. To publish the website on the internet, you have to transfer the files of the website to the webspace. You have the following options to transfer the files:


Embed the webspace as a network drive

  • Transfer log: SMB
  • Server name (host): \\webspace-access.univie.ac.at\u:account userID
  • User details: u\u:account userID and password (note the prefix u\)

Use the user guides for online storage space.

If you are not in the range of the University of Vienna’s data network, you require a VPN connection to access the storage space.


Accessing the webspace using additional software

  • Transfer log: SSH, SCP, SFTP
  • Server name (host): webspace-access.univie.ac.at
  • User details: u\u:account userID and password (note the prefix u\)

Use the user guides for online storage space.

In the home directory (/u/u:accountUserID), you can find directories and/or system links to the webspace accounts of the relevant webspaces. In this root directory of a newly created webspace, you can find the following directories:

  • html/: Contents in this directory are published on the WWW. Do not store contents that you do not wish to publish in this directory. 
  • conf.d/: You can use this directory for your own extensions of the httpd. configuration file. All files ending on .conf are automatically included after restarting the webspace (https://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/mod/quickreference.html).
  • PHP.d/: You can use this directory for your own extensions of the PHP configuration file. All files ending on .ini are automatically included after restarting the webspace (https://www.php.net/manual/en/ini.list.php). This directory does not have a function if you selected Perl.

You can always find the root directory of a webspace under /var/www on the WWW server and in cron jobs.

 Hinweis

The base directory of a webspace on the web server is always: /var/www/

Updating a webspace

The ZID offers the webspace service as well as the different webspace versions and keeps them up to date, as far as possible.

  • Updates, such as an update from PHP 7.4.1 to PHP 7.4.2 are implemented centrally on all webspaces by the ZID.
  • Upgrades, such as from PHP 7 to PHP 8, must be implemented by the relevant administrator via the webspace admin form. It may be necessary to adjust some data before the running version reaches the end of its life cycle.

When running self-installed or self-developed software on a PHP or Perl webspace, the registered administrator is responsible for keeping the webspace up to date and secure.

On a WordPress webspace, only self-installed themes or plug-ins have to be updated regularly.

The ZID reserves the right to deactivate a webspace in case of security issues or violations of the terms of use.

Managing webspace

Open the webspace admin page and log in using your u:account login details.

Click Edit Webspace.

You now see a list of your webspaces with the titles that you specified when creating them. Click the URL to access the website allocated to the relevant webspace. Alternatively, you can also click the webspace title to open the detail view.

In the detail view, you first land in the Settings section. Here, you can change the settings of the webspace retroactively. As soon as you save your changes, they are automatically implemented (loading icon). You can only make further changes as soon as all components have been updated.

In the Status section, you can view the technical details of the webspace. These details are relevant to experienced users. The following functions are available:

  • Detailed information about the webspace
  • Display log file
  • Open OpenShift
  • Restart webspace

Deleting a webspace

Open the webspace admin page and log in using your u:account login details.

Click Edit Webspace.

You now see a list of your webspaces with the titles that you specified when creating them. Click the title of the webspace to open the detail view.

Then click the Delete webspace button.

In the following pop-up window, click Delete.

Your webspace is deleted.

The web databases used for empty webspaces remain unchanged for the time being. If necessary, you can delete them using the Managing databases form. This way, you can delete databases created using the webspace account as well as automatically created WordPress databases.

 Note

Use the Delete webspace option with caution. The process cannot be reversed. If necessary, store your data externally before you delete the database.

Terms of use

To the Terms of Use for websites

User guides

To the user guides for websites