Penn State Personal Web Server

The purpose of is to provide web hosting services in a unified place for Penn State departments, organizations, faculty, staff and the general student population.

On July 28, 2023, the Personal web server will be retired as a service. This change aligns with the retirement of the PASS service upon which it depends to store web content.

ACTION: Please migrate your data to another platform before July 28. You can review the recommended options to replace PASS-based web hosting features on Choosing Your PASS Alternative.

As of April 20, 2021, the servers are running Red Hat Enterprise Server 7 with Apache HTTPd 2.4.6. There are some differences between Apache 2.2.15 (which we used to run) and 2.4.6 which may affect your web sites. A complete overview of new features in 2.4 is available here. Apache 2.4.6 comes with a new expression parser for server-side includes by default, but we have enabled the legacy parser due to errors we saw on existing web sites.

As of June 20, 2018, HTTPS (SSL/TLS) has been enabled on and HTTP is NOT being redirected at this time; both protocols coexist. Please check your CGI and pages for hard-coded HTTP URLs and switch them to HTTPS.

As of January 5, 2017, was transitioned to linux .

Using Penn State Personal Web Space

These services let you use your PASS space to serve content via HTTP.

Penn State Resources and Documentation

Other Hosting Options

Departments and Penn State Units

Departments and other Penn State units can use Virtual Web Hosts service to use a URL like where NAME is a name related to the department or unit.