Web Sites

See below for remote (ssh) access from outside UCC.

Web Sites

Summary: We provide access and support to the content management system and the web servers for the provision of UCC websites.

Primary users of this service: Staff, Researchers

Who to contact to use this service: IT Services |

Contact to discuss this service: Noelette Hurley | E: dewg@ucc.ie | T: +353 (0)21 490 3751 | IT Services |

Strategic Focus: Teaching & Learning, Research, Staff Experience, Business Systems

Service Webpage or Online Login

Content Management System

In UCC we use TerminalFour's SiteManager content managment system (CMS) to maintain the University's website. Each department or office is responsible for their own website. The CMS enables users to create, update and maintain a UCC website without having to worry about the look and feel of their site or the technicalities of HTML and CSS — the UCC styles are used automatically — instead, it allows them to concentrate on the actual information that their site contains.

All new UCC sites are implemented through SiteManager. Users can get their site and their own account set up by completing the new site request form.

For more details please contact any member of the Academic and Collaborative Technology Services:

Content Management System Training

Training in SiteManager is provided by the IT Training Centre (see the course dates and outline). You can also check availability by ringing +353 (0)21 490 3749 or by emailing tcentre@ucc.ie

External development

If you want to have someone else help you develop your site, UCC has a number of external suppliers available:

Development must be done by one of these companies. Details of the process for developing new templates and styles are maintained by the Digital Estate Working Group, in particular the page Digital Estate Working Group What Resources are Available?" 

Support for non-CMS sites

Before the use of the content management system, web sites were maintained by hand in HTML, sometimes using web-editing software or a privately-written CMS. Wherever possible, such sites should be migrated into the content-managed site (see how to do this). An exception is currently made for sites requiring specialist facilities unavailable via the CMS.

Research projects may also choose to use a Wordpress blog site or a Cocoon XML site instead of using the central content management system.

If you want to use any of these facilities, please email webmaster@ucc.ie

SSH access to non-CMS web server accounts

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System login access is strongly discouraged for web sites: if you are running a home-brew or designer-developed HTML web site on the main web server you should start planning to migrate it to the content-managed pages now. Details of this procedure are at

For existing non-CMS sites, access is only via SSH, SCP, or SFTP. The obsolescent FTP is disabled as a security risk.

Logins from inside UCC require us to configure the server with the IP address[es] of the computer[s] you want to use.

Email webmaster@ucc.ie with your IP address[es] to have this set up.

Logins from outside UCC now require the following security steps:

Send an email to webmaster@ucc.ie with:

  1. Your user login name on www.ucc.ie
  2. The IP address(es) you will be connecting from
  3. Your public key (eg the .pub file generated by ssh-keygen)

You can generate a key pair on Linux (including Macs) with the ssh-keygen command, or on Windows with puttygen from http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/. Use a secure password when you generate the key.

When we have installed the key on the web server, we will reply to your email, and you can then connect using ssh/scp/putty/sftp like this (for ssh):

$ ssh -i ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub user@www.ucc.ie
Enter passphrase for key '.ssh/id_rsa': ____________

For connecting using other software (eg FileZilla or other file-upload software; or terminal programs like puTTY on Windows), check the program documentation for how to use a public key.

IT Services Department

Seirbhísí TF

Room 3.34, 3rd floor, T12 YN60