What is MUWEB?

In May 2008, Marshall University deployed MUWEB in support of the 2008 Election Results mirroring project that we participated in.    After project conclusion, Computing Services retained MUWEB as a public facing development server.

How is MUWEB different from WWW?

Because www.marshall.edu is the primary web server for the University, stability is of absolute importance.    This limits the range of web technologies that can be available to campus developers.    MUWEB resolves this problem by providing a server where there are no essential web facing services deployed, enabling the use of additional technologies.

That being said, it should be noted that since deployment, MUWEB has experience no signfigant downtime, and is currently running at over 99.8% uptime month over month.

What technologies are available on MUWEB?

Sites deployed on MUWEB are free to use any of the following:

  1. HTML
  2. Classic ASP
  3. ASP.net
  4. PHP
  5. CFML

Additionally, MUWEB is running the latest version of WordPress, enabling departments or groups to manage their blogs in a familiar environment.

Do I have to use MUWEB.marshall.edu if my site is there?

Maybe not.   It’s possible to create a URL on www.marshall.edu that does a permanent redirect to a site housed on MUWEB.   In very special circumstances, where use of an alternative technology is the only way to accomplish a goal, this has been done – but in general, we want to keep a very clear line between the two servers both internally and externally.

Should I put my site on MUWEB?

As a general rule, MUWEB is a good choice if:

  • You are an experienced developer who wants to use a language that isn’t supported on the primary web server AND
  • The site you are creating isn’t an essential public facing site that needs the stability the primary web server provides AND
  • You are willing to accept that because the technologies available on MUWEB are not officially supported by University Computing Services, our help desk staff and web team cannot provide support for your during your development process

If you have read through these three bullet points, and none of it gives you pause, then MUWEB will be a good place to work on your site.     MUWEB site provisioning is NOT handled via the traditional Information Provider Agreement, but can instead be requested by generating a help desk ticket with the description of your request at support.marshall.edu.