Web hosting

USNH websites and web applications must have a robust hosting environment in order to be safe and reliable resources for the USNH community.

Web hosting guidelines

Enterprise Technology & Services strongly encourages all USNH-related websites to either be hosted on USNH servers or to use the mySites Personal Website Service. 

  • USNH-branded sites are strongly encouraged to be part of the USNH Drupal environment.
  • Official USNH websites should not be hosted on third-party services.
  • Non-Drupal sites may be hosted at USNH if they follow the standard for standalone sites.
  • Sponsored research sites may be hosted through the Research Computing Center.
  • Anyone choosing to set up a server at USNH must comply with all USNH server best practices as defined by USNH ET&S. This includes having a clearly designated individual who is responsible for the server infrastructure and hosting environment.


All USNH servers are subject to audits, security scanning, and review by USNH ET&S staff.

Website owners, managers of any websites, and staff administering servers are responsible for responding to any reports of security issues or vulnerabilities or discovery of security breaches on their sites. Any security concerns should be reported promptly by contacting the USNH IT Service Desk and informing the Technician that the caller is reporting an information security incident.


For questions regarding hosting, please refer to the Service Catalog for web hosting.


USNH ET&S reserves the right to remove a website from a USNH server if it is considered to have violated this standard or any other USNH policies or standards or if it is determined to pose a clear and present danger to the university system, its information, or its information technology resources. This determination may be made by the Information Security Officer or the Chief Information Officer.

Servers that are not being managed in accordance with USNH ET&S guidelines and security standards may be blocked from accessing the USNH network.

If inappropriate or inaccurate server usage is reported, USNH ET&S will contact the site owner to discuss the issue. If the site or content owner cannot be contacted or is no longer at USNH, that site will be administered by Enterprise Technology & Services (ET&S) and can be removed if deemed inaccurate or inappropriate. Unacceptable responses may cause USNH website, web tool, or server access to be suspended.

Reports regarding inappropriate server usage may be sent to USNH ET&S.