What Can You Do with Your Account?

Your ability to do things on Wake Forest University is dictated to a large degree by the limits of your imagination. That said, there are some technical requirements and limitations that you should be aware of and might want to review.

To spark your imagination, here are some ideas that might help you get started:

Install a Web Application in Your Space

Wake Forest University makes it very simple to install certain Web applications in your Web space. Web applications are just special software that run on a web server. Usually, they allow you to build and manage a website. The kind of site you can build depends on the type of application you install. Here are some examples of applications that you can easily install within the sites.wfu.edu web hosting interface:

WordPress: WordPress is a simple-to-use blogging application. The tool also comes with a huge array of plugins & themes to allow you to create virtually any kind of website imaginable. We have guides on using WordPress here.

Omeka: Omeka is an open-source web application that can be used to create and display online digital collections and archives. We have information available to help you install and use Omeka here.

Scalar: Scalar is a content management system with the idea of creating non-linear books on the web. You can learn more about its functions and how to install it here.

Grav: Grav is an open source, flat-file CMS made for folks who are looking for something a little more experimental. Grav provides a straightforward framework for creating pages and inserting media. We have additional resources for Grav here.

Mediawiki: It is the open-source wiki software that runs the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. This tool may be right for you if you’re interested in publishing documents and then collaborating with others on them. Find our guides on Mediawiki here.

These are just a few of the open-source applications that are available to you in your Wake Forest University web space.  We encourage you to read more about what Web applications are and which ones are available to you through this project.

Organize Your Site with Subdomains and Folders

Through this project, you’ve received a domain name that you can actually subdivide and organize anyway you like. One easy way to organize your domain is to set up subfolders for your site (which can also have their own applications installed in them). Another way is to create subdomains in which you can then install other applications. Here’s an example of how you might organize your site (using the subdomain vs. the subfolder approach)

Subdomain Approach Subfolder Approach
username.sites.wfu.edu (“root”) Install WordPress as your “main site” username.sites.wfu.edu (“root”)
course1.username.sites.wfu.edu Install a second WordPress instance for a course you’re taking username.sites.wfu.edu/course1
photos.username.sites.wfu.edu Install ZenPhoto for a public photo gallery of your photos username.sites.wfu.edu/photos
docs.username.sites.wfu.edu Install MediaWiki for a club you belong to that wants to collaboratively edit its bylaws username.sites.wfu.edu/docs
files.username.sites.wfu.edu Install OwnCloud so you can access your files on your laptop and at work username.sites.wfu.edu/files

To start, you may just want to install one thing at the “root” of your domain, and then let the rest evolve as you get to know more about what’s possible.