Web Hosting Accounts for USC Organizational Units (CWIS)

CWIS Is Being Retired

CWIS cwis.usc.edu, the USC web server has provided free web publishing for academic, research, administrative and service units, university-affiliated faculty/staff organizations and professional organizations with a USC website maintainer. The CWIS server is being retired. New CWIS accounts are no longer available and existing CWIS accounts will be retired as of summer 2018.

Why Is CWIS Being Retired?

  • CWIS is old web server technology. The hardware CWIS runs on is over 10 years old and, over time, has become less maintainable and reliable. The current CWIS environment would be very expensive to replicate on new hardware and modern operating systems.
  • With the introduction of modern web publishing technologies and platforms such as WordPress, there are now much easier and more efficient ways for USC organizational units to publish websites.
  • There has been a steady decline in demand for this service over time. Currently, there are only 120 active CWIS account holders.

What Will Replace CWIS Accounts?

ITS recommends and provides support for the following services for public websites, team websites and intranets, and file storage.

    Public Websites

    In January 2018, ITS will be launching Sites at USC, a free, self-service web publishing option available to faculty and staff, making it easy to quickly publish USC-branded websites.

    Google Sites allows USC faculty, staff, and students to create free, custom personal websites using their USC-provided Google accounts. For more information, please see itservices.usc.edu/googlesites.

    Team Websites and Intranets

    USC schools and units can use SharePoint to create team websites. These sites can be used as a secure place to store, organize, share, and access information from almost any device. For more information, see itservices.usc.edu/office365/sharepoint.

    File Storage

    ITS provides three options to the USC community for the online storage of files and documents, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive for Business, and USC Drive. For more information, see itservices.usc.edu/storage.