Termination of portfolio website service

Latest update: 15-05-2024

The portfolio website service will be terminated per July 1 2024.

This impacts these sites:

Student sites hosted there are associated with the study programmes Industrial Design Engineering, Creative Technology and ATLAS.

If you have an active website you might want to take steps to transfer it to a different hosting provider.

Or you might want to archive it.

Group websites for modules 6, 7 and 8 will be archived by us.

The paragraphs below will explain further steps depending on your situation.

You have a HTML/CSS/JavaScript based website (a static website)

If you have an up-to-date copy of your site on your own computer, you only have to find a new hosting provider, see the paragraph about that further down this page.

If you do not have an up-to-date copy of your site, and your site is using HTML/CSS/JavaScript (a static website), you can simply download all files from the site (using FileZilla) to your computer. Do this as soon as possible.

Then you have a copy of all contents. This you can then upload to a new site, once you found a new hosting service. Or just keep it as an archive.

Check the paragraph “How to find a new hosting service” below also.

Your site is using WordPress

To archive your WordPress site (keep a copy on your own computer), you need to do 2 things:

  1. Transfer all files to your computer
  2. Download a database backup

You can do this yourself (manually), or install a WordPress plugin that does the job for you. Two examples of such plugins:

If you do not want to use a plugin, we will explain the manual steps for you here:

1. Transfer all files to your computer

Use FileZilla to download all files from your website to your computer.

2. Download a database backup

Login to the database manager PHPMyAdmin using the database credentials (username is your student number like s1234567). The password of that is in the wp-config.php file which you just downloaded in the previous step. Open that in a text editor and look for:

define('DB_PASSWORD', 'xxxxxxxxxxxxx');

Once you have logged in to PHPMyAdmin you can make a database backup. Click the “Export” tab, leave options as they are and click the Export button, to download an export in SQL format.

Save the resulting .sql file with your website files.

Check the paragraph “How to find a new hosting service” below also.

How to find a new hosting service (provider)

There are several options.

GitHub pages (free), which can not host WordPress but can be useful for a static (HTML/CSS) site. A tutorial on its use can be found here.

General hosting providers that can host both static (HTML/CSS) sites and WordPress sites:

Other free alternatives like Google sites, Wix and WordPress.com might also be a good option, but might be difficult to migrate existing content to.

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