See below for remote (ssh) access from outside UCC.
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: Digital Estate Working Group | E: email@example.com | IT Services |
Strategic Focus: Teaching & Learning, Research, Staff Experience, Business Systems
Content Management System
In UCC we use the TerminalFour content management 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.
Users can get their site and their own account set up by completing the new site request form.
For more details please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Content Management System Training
Note: Even if you intend to engage an external supplier, you MUST make a request through the Digital Estate Working Group at: Get a New Website
The list of external suppliers is:
The site MUST be developed on one of the platforms hosted in UCC, see UCC Website Platforms
Again, before engaging with a supplier, please first make a request at: Get a New Website
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 email@example.com
SSH access to non-CMS web server accounts
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your IP address[es] to have this set up.
Logins from outside UCC now require the following security steps:
Send an email to email@example.com with:
- Your user login name on www.ucc.ie
- The IP address(es) you will be connecting from
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.