We are currently experiencing significant difficulties with student organization website that on are a particular server. If your organization uses a web site with a url similar to http://studentorg.unc.edu/GROUPNAME then your site can NO LONGER be accessed if you are off of the university network (i.e., off campus).
If you are off of the university network and need to access your site you can install VPN software to log onto get to the university server remotely network. The VPN software is available at https://shareware.unc.edu/#v. For more information on VPN and installing it, visit http://help.unc.edu/?s=vpn.
HOWEVER, Yyou should begin moving any site on this platform to the WEB.UNC.EDU environment. Below is an email your primary contact received in February concerning the move from studentorgs.unc.edu/GROUPNAME to the WEB.UNC.EDU platform.
Please email email@example.com if you have additional questions at this time.
Subject Line: Support for Mambo and Joomla Sites Discontinued as of June 30, 2013
About 6 years ago the Mambo and Joomla platform was developed for student organizations as an alternative to static websites and provide a consolidated calendar called slice.unc.edu.
A few years ago, a third party solution was purchased (studentlife.unc.edu) to manage student groups and provide a platform for groups to collaborate and post events which replaced slice.unc.edu. In addition, over that past couple of years a better solution evolved on campus to address website needs, which is a secure and scalable WordPress multi-site instance at web.unc.edu. The WordPress solution is more secure and less vulnerable to hacks, SPAM and module conflicts than the Joomla platform.
Please note that support for the Mambo and Joomla platforms will discontinue as of June 30, 2013; therefore, it is recommended that student organizations migrate websites to web.unc.edu prior to this time.
Although Student Affairs and ITS will not be directly migrating websites for student groups, documentation is available to facilitate the process at https://web.unc.edu/documentation/. Please note that web.unc.edu is a growing community supported effort and students are invited to use the service and be as active in its ongoing growth and support. One way for members of student organizations to be engaged is to use and participate in discussions on web.unc.edu’s online forums at http://forum.web.unc.edu/forums/”.
Following are some instructions to help facilitate the migration of your student organization website to web.unc.edu:• Verify if your Student Organization already has a website on your organization page at http://studentlife.unc.edu
• If your organization does not already website domain ending in web.unc.edu, you can go to http://web.unc.edu to create your site
• Select ‘Create a Site’ from the top navigation bar
• You will be directed to a Single Sign On page for you to log in with your ONYEN
• After you create the website, be sure to update your Student Organization website URL at http://studentlife.unc.edu
• For managing your new web.unc.edu WordPress site, please refer to the Getting Started video tutorials at http://web.unc.edu/getting-started or the Getting Started written documentation at http://web.unc.edu/getting-started/getting-started-written