Request a Site

The Princeton University WordPress Service supports websites related to teaching, research, and communication outreach for faculty projects and officially recognized University groups and programs. At this time, we do not support individual sites of a non-academic nature (i.e. personal blogs or websites).

Staff or faculty members who would like a site for their organization or project should fill out the WordPress Site Request form (PU netID login required).

Student organizations who need a blog should read the relevant section below and then fill out the WordPress Site Request form as well (PU netID login required).

Those interested in course blogs and personal blogs should read the corresponding sections below.

Student organization blogs

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Through special arrangement with Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, the blog service is available to all officially recognized student organizations and publications, including those sponsored by ODUS, ORL, and PACE. ODUS serves as both the primary administrative contact and support conduit for student organizations that may desire a blog site.

It is against University policy to collect ad revenue (affiliate programs, Adsense, or other pay-per-click services) from pages served off of University servers. An externally hosted solution is the best option for organizations that wish to generate money from their websites.

Course blogs

Requests for blogs associated with courses offered at Princeton may be requested by filling out the WordPress Site Request form (PU netID login required). A staff member from OIT Academic Services will create the course blog within two business days. The instructors of the course will be added as administrators of the course blog and will be sent instructions for accessing and using the course blog.

Personal Blogs

While the Princeton University Blog Service does not currently support personal blogs, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) does provide a PHP/MySQL environment where you can install your own blog software. OIT Knowledge Base article 1123 has information on the Personal cPanel service, a small-scale shared LAMP web environment for individual students, faculty and staff. Personal cPanel offers the plug-in called Softaculous, which quickly installs open source software such as WordPress, Drupal, and over twenty other utilities and tools to enable web authoring and content management online.

Many external blog hosting providers have free or low-cost offerings. Popular options include Blogger (Google Blogs) and WordPress.com.