What is a domain?

A domain is the name of a website that ends in .com, .org, etc. If you know the URL of a website, you know the domain name.

Can I use MU Sites if I don’t know how to code?

Yes, MU Sites was created so students could learn easy website design. Your website can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. Experiment! The more you experiment with your site, the more you’ll learn.

What systems and programming languages are supported by MU Sites?

A PHP is our primary supported language and all our installed applications are open source, PHP-based apps. Because this is a shared server, the processes running on the server affect everyone, which is why individual users do not have root access to the system. There is not sufficient isolation between users to allow any random user to install, run, and package how they like. We carefully control what is installed on our servers to make this shared machine appear as if it’s many machines. Users wanting to install non-supported developer tools or stop Apache requires they have their own server. If you didn’t have your own server and installed these tools, you would take down the LAMP environment everyone else is using. This service is not intended to be a server for learning how to do system administration, installing packages, etc. Instead, our main focus is on teaching accessible technical skills necessary to build a site and create an identity that anyone (non-coders included) can learn. Even though there are limitations to our server, there is still quite a bit that can be done with coding knowledge. Supported and non-supported languages/programs are listed below.


  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • PERL
  • Python
  • Django
  • Drush
  • Not Supported

  • MongoDB
  • Node
  • MonoDB
  • Angular
  • Yoman
  • Express
  • How long can I have the domain for?

    At this time, students keep their domains through the duration of their degree program. A student’s MU Sites domain could easily be migrated over to another platform. It is easy to export a WordPress site, and then import it in to another hosting platform.

    Why isn’t my blog post appearing in the category it’s supposed to?

    If you don’t select a category when writing the post, WordPress will select the first category in the list by default. Double-check the category it’s assigned to. You may need to select the correct category. To unselect a category, click the selected checkbox to remove the checkmark.