As of May 31, 2013, the dukegroups.duke.edu student organization website hosting service will be decommissioned. At this time, all dukegroups.duke.edu sites will be deleted and content will be lost. In preparation for this change, alternative ways to maintain a student organization website at Duke are as follows:
The first option is to transfer your dukegroups.duke.edu site to OIT’s sites.duke.edu service. Since sites.duke.edu was created, OIT is able to provide better support for Duke students with a free WordPress server so the University Center Activities & Events (UCAE) group is encouraging students to start using sites.duke.edu as an alternative for DukeGroups Hosting. Sites.duke.edu continues to provide student organizations with a free web hosting option for student organizations with increased technical support and new features.
If you are interested in transitioning your site to sites.duke.edu, and would like assistance transferring the content from your dukegroups.duke.edu site, you can submit a help request to OIT through this link: http://oit.duke.edu/help/index.php and OIT will be able to help you through this process.
An alternative option for student organization websites is to work with Duke’s Office of Trademark Licensing to purchase an external web domain. For more information and to begin this process, you can contact the Office of Trademark Licensing here: http://www.trademarklicensing.duke.edu/Mission.html
To best facilitate this transition, all student organizations with a dukegroups.duke.edu website must complete the following form by Friday, February 15th notifying UCAE of which option they will be pursuing. If individuals or organizations do not complete this form by 2/15/13, their dukegroups.duke.edu websites and all content will automatically be deleted on May 31, 2013.
Complete this form by visiting this link: http://bit.ly/dukegroupshostingwebchanges
Additionally, during this period of transition, dukegroups.duke.edu sites will only be available for viewing within the Duke network. Users who try to access a dukegroups.duke.edu site from off campus will receive an error message, but all sites will remain accessible via the Duke network until May 31, 2013.
If you have any questions about this change or about the new options, please contact Caitlin Shaw, Program Coordinator, UCAE: Student Involvement, at firstname.lastname@example.org. http://bit.ly/dukegroupshostingwebchanges