Personal Web Sites
CREATING A PERSONAL WEBSITE
Colorado School of Mines now offers all faculty, staff, and students the ability to create a personal website in our new WordPress-based web environment — called People, https://people.mines.edu.
If you would like to make use of the new People personal-homepage service, please follow these steps:
- Please read our Appropriate Use Policy at: https://www.mines.edu/policy-library/information-technology/
Proceeding further presumes your agreement to this policy.
- In your browser, navigate to https://people.mines.edu/wp-admin/ and login once with your Mines credentials. This will create an initial account on the People server.
Note: you will receive the following error message in this step; this is normal:
“You attempted to access the “Faculty, Staff and Student Personal Websites” dashboard, but you do not currently have privileges on this site. If you believe you should be able to access the “Faculty, Staff and Student Personal Websites” dashboard, please contact your network administrator.”
- Submit a Mines Help Center support request at https://helpcenter.mines.edu/TDClient/1946/Portal/Requests/ServiceDet?ID=30848 to let us know you’re interested in a personal website and have completed Steps 1 and 2. We will create a generic “sample” site for you and give you permissions to edit it. Information on editing your new website is available here: https://it.mines.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/116/2018/11/creating-and-managing-your-personal-mines-website-on-wordpress.pdf. Some general information about WordPress may be found at https://brand.mines.edu/web/.
- When you have successfully completed editing your homepage and it is ready for viewing, let us know by replying to your earlier Helpdesk support request. We will then display your name on the People homepage. (Let us know, by responding to your Help Center ticket, if you have any questions along the way.)
The URL of your new personal website will be https://people.mines.edu/username
You are welcome to modify this format but you must retain Mines branding, including logos, colors, the top header, and the bottom footer with full disclaimer. The owner of the site is responsible for site construction, content, and maintenance — subject to the conditions detailed above.
ALREADY HAVE A MINES PERSONAL HOMEPAGE?
If you have an existing site at https://inside.mines.edu/~username, you may migrate to the new WordPress-based system at any time, should you so desire. WordPress offers a number of advantages over our old personal-homepage system — more versatility in site design, better accessibility for disabled visitors, a modern and professional design, and far easier site editing, among other benefits. And it looks great on a phone!
ITS and Communications and Marketing are available to help with your transition, should you choose to migrate. There is no deadline or requirement to migrate currently but technical limitations in the legacy personal-homepage system make a move to the new WordPress system a good idea.
If you have an existing site at https://inside.mines.edu/~username with elaborate coding or features and you wish to retain your current site, let us know — we may be able to help you transition to a new server and retain your code and features. Tell us your requirements at https://helpcenter.mines.edu. We’ll see what we can do, given resources that will be available in the future.
Questions? Ask ITS for more details at https://helpcenter.mines.edu.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you.