Community Web Hosting for Digital Projects


For the past several years, Five College Digital Humanities (5CollDH) has helped many of its affiliated projects get off the ground and up online. Starting this 2016 academic year, 5CollDH is now accepting applications from Five College community members who would like to host their digital humanities projects, portfolios, and data sets.


For many digital humanities projects and practitioners, an online presence is an integral part of the work itself. 5CollDH believes that the presentation of scholarship is not simply the last step after work is complete, but is rather an ongoing process best started as soon as a project begins.

Which kinds of information to present, to whom, in what ways are big questions that shape scholarly research profoundly. 5CDH.space exists to make the process of getting online easier and more efficient so that eligible Five College students, faculty, and staff can spend less time navigating technical barriers and more time tackling questions fundamental to their work. To this end, 5CDH.space offers turnkey, tried and tested platforms like WordPress, Drupal, and MediaWiki as well as FTP access to blank slate server space according to the specific needs of a project or practitioner. To learn more, read our FAQ below or send an inquiry to humans@5colldh.org.

Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: Who can apply for 5CDH.space?

A: Any faculty, staff person, student, or group affiliated with one or more of the Five Colleges with a concrete digital humanities project, portfolio, or site in mind can submit an application for hosting with 5CollDH.

Q: What types of sites can I make with using 5CDH.space?

A: We use the Softaculous Auto Installter, which includes WordPress, Moodle, Omeka, MediaWiki, Joomla, and more. (The full list can be found here: https://www.softaculous.com/softwares. ) 5CollDH can also offer FTP access for custom sites, but does not offer FTP-level support.

Q: What’s the difference between a domain and a subdomain, and which do I want?

A: A domain is the main or base URL, for example 5CollDH.org, and a subdomain is a name that comes before the domain, for example beyondtheriot.5CollDH.org. A subdomain and its base domain can have completely different sites, styles, and media hosted. 5CollDH offers subdomains off of the domain 5CDH.space for free, or can help you purchase a new base domain (e.g. example.com) for your site.

Q: What’s the difference between hosting and a domain? Do I need both?

A: A domain is the address where your site can be found, and the hosting is the server space where the site’s pages and media can be stored. 5CollDH offers the server space (or hosting) and a subdomain address off of 5CDH.space, which is everything you need to start making a site. If you want a new domain of your own, we can help you select and purchase one.

Q: How long will my 5CDH.space last?

A: If your application for hosting with 5CollDH is accepted, your site can remain on our servers for up to three years or until 1 year after your projected graduation date, which ever happens later. After that point, we will send you a FAQ sheet for migrating your site to a different hosting plan.

Q: What types of support can 5CollDH provide?

A: 5CollDH can set up the framework for your site from the list of Softaculous Apps, set up your domain or subdomain, and offer basic troubleshooting assistance and advice.

Q: How much does 5CDH.space cost?

A: 5CollDH hosting is free, and comes with a subdomain off of our 5CDH.space domain. If you want to use a custom domain, you will need to cover the cost of the domain for at least 3 years or 1 year after your projected graduation date.


Submit an Application for 5CDH.space