UCI Sites Compared to Hosted WordPress

We are often asked about features that are available on self-hosted WordPress installations versus what is available through UCI Sites. We have a comparison table below to help explain the differences.

We hope this helps explain the differences. If you have any questions, please contact us. You may also want to read our FAQ.

UCI SitesSelf Hosted
HostingOIT hosts the siteYou host the site, either through your department or you have to pay for hosting. OIT offers web hosting for a fee.
Technical MaintenanceOIT takes care of technical maintenance including updates, backups, spam, security, etc.Requires technical knowledge to set up and run. You are responsible for technical maintenance including updates, backups, spam, security, etc.
Secure LoginYour login is secure using UCI’s WebAuth using your UCInetID and password.Logins are not secure unless you have an SSL certificate. Most sites will have a local login and password.
User AccountsUser accounts are based on UCInetID. Only UCI affiliates may be members of a site.You create the user accounts, so non-UCI members can have access.
Custom ThemesYou cannot upload or customize themes. We provide the themes. You cannot modify the themes but can use custom CSS to override the styles.You can upload and customize themes.
Custom PluginsYou cannot upload or customize plugins.  We provide the plugins based on what works best for most of our user base.You can upload and customize plugins.
DomainsSites use the domain of sites.uci.edu/sitename/. We do offer domain mapping to allow you to use a custom domain.You can choose your own domain.
FTP AccessYou don’t control the software or the database, so FTP and shell access are not included. For security and performance reasons, custom themes or plugins cannot be uploaded to UCI Sites .You do control the software and database. FTP and shell access may be available depending on your hosting environment.
CostFree. OIT covers the cost of running the service and hosting.You will need to find a host and pay for the costs of web hosting.
Media Upload Quota*250MB**Depends on host

* Media Uploads include images, files (PDF, Word, Excel), etc. Anything store in your Media Library. It does not include your content.

**UCI Sites is a shared hosting system. As of November 2020, we host over 2,600 blogs and websites. To maintain the service for the campus and keep it free, we must limit the space available for media uploads. If you run out of space and need assistance, please contact us for options.