Before you get started

We recommend setting up a new Webserve account so it doesn’t affect your current site while you’re setting up the new site. You can switch the current site URL to the new Webserve account when you’re ready. There are no costs associated with creating Webserve or Webtest accounts.

A virtual host is required for the framework and we recommend that you request an SSL for the virtual. Complete the following steps:

  1. Request a group account.
  2. Once approved, create it and set up the passphrase and email.
  3. Request a Webserve/Webtest account.
  4. Request a virtual host URL with SSL so that your URL begins with https:// and is served over a secure and encrypted connection. This will ensure that any data sent to or from your site is not stolen and that your site will be seen as trusted by others. The URL request requires review and approval and could take a few days before it points to your Webserve account. The framework will not work with tilde URLs (, a virtual is required. There is no cost associated with a virtual host. Note: your virtual host for Webtest is automatically set up as
  5. Review WCMS policies.

Please note only Public and University-internal data are suitable to be stored in the WCMS. Restricted and Critical data cannot be stored in the WCMS. For definitions of Public, University-internal, Restricted, and Critical data, see Types of data. Federal and state protected data, human subjects research data, and passwords cannot be stored in the WCMS. For more about data classifications, see About sensitive data at IU.