Web Site Hosting
A/I Collective gives you the possibility to publish your own web site.
The criteria for participating and enjoying the services offered by our servers are sharing our principles of anti-fascism, anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-militarism that foster this project. Your website must share the non-commercial approach we support. You can peek at the websites hosted on our servers looking at our hosted sites page: mind you, it’s long and full of junk as well as most interesting stuff!
Your site will generally be visible as a subdirectory of autistici.org or inventati.org (e.g.: www.autistici.org/mysite or www.inventati.org/yoursite) and you’ll be given a login name and password to upload via WebDAV. your files.
If your prefer, you can host a domain of your own choosing (but you will have to purchase it from a commercial provider).
When you ask for your website please notify us if you are going to need a MySQL database and/or PHP support.
You will find a lot of useful information on how to run a website on A/I servers in our howtos and manuals:
- How to host your own domain on A/I servers
- How to use webdav to update and upload your site
- A very short reminder about webmasters’ privacy and webusers’ data
- Some very frequently asked questions on sites hosted on A/I
- How to activate statistics on your site
- Technical notes on A/I hosted websites
- Howto add A/I banners to your A/I hosted website
An email account on our servers has to be connected to each site for technical communications and news on the web hosting services. So, if you don’t have one, you will have to open a mailbox account as well as request website hosting.
Very important note about server security
If you are planning to install in your website CMSs such as Drupal, b2evolution, Wordpress and the like, first of all ask yourself if it wouldn’t suit you best to open a blog on our blogging platform Noblogs.org; after that, if you’ve really decided that a CMS is the best choice for your site, we recommend you to regularly update this software, carefully checking if new versions have come out.
This is utterly important for your and every other user’s security, since in older versions there may be bugs which could be easily exploited to access the server and make a mess.
Since you’re not the only one using our servers, but you’re sharing a space, we think it is absolutely necessary that everyone be responsible for what they install in the servers, because our boxes are self-managed and based on shared participation and responsibility.
In the website of the CMS you’ve chosen there will certainly be instructions about how to update your software: usually it’s just a question of replacing some old files with new ones, leaving contents as they are.
Now that you have read all about our web hosting service, go on and ask us to open your website but remember that this project lives on exclusively thanks to our users donations!
Please be sure to check out our help page and the above mentioned manuals for any problem you might encounter (webdav access, database, web statistics, domain registration included especially).