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Web publishing refers to adding/editing multimedia content on the web, often collaboratively. This can take the form of a blog (structured in topic-based posts), multimedia archive, wiki (loosely structured content management system often used as an information repository), or general website.


Publishing online is made possible through platforms that allow people to contribute multimedia content in a collective space.


The tools listed below can be accessed with an Internet connection. Some require a full server set up.  Please note that some solutions are not recommended for sensitive information such as student work that will be commented on or graded on a site.


There are several platforms that allow students to create actual websites easily. Please see our Website Creation Guide for tips on designing a site.  There are also programs to mock up mobile applications and more complex websites so that students can bring their ideas to life. Some uses include:

  • Blogging and wiki contributing
  • Website that collects/synthesizes research conducted during the course
  • Collective scholarly publishing
  • Peer review
  • Multimedia archive


Basic Intermediate Advanced
Google Sites (free with gmail account): Easy, very portable, with robust permission options. Part of NYU’s Google Apps suite. Has a limited amount of templates, including blogging template.

NYU Wikis (free): NYU’s version of wiki. Access through NYU Home, Academics tab, NYU wikis login button.

Pinterest (free with account): allows creation and sharing of image-based collages / archives.

Tumblr (free with account): easy to use blogging platform.

Weebly (free with account): has a nice array of templates and easy multimedia uploading.

Wix (free with account): has a nice array of templates and easy multimedia uploading.

Scalar (free): allows for the collective creation of multimedia, hypertext scholarly publishing. Great for DH projects.

Wikipedia (free): standard wiki space. Requires some knowledge of wiki taxonomy

WordPress (free through NYU Web Publishing): WordPress offers flexible templates and is optimal for sites with multiple contributors who want to leverage the blogging functionality. Part of the NYU Web publishing service (training offered). Has a higher learning curve for set up and maintenance, but allows for customization with for rich library of plugins and coding.


Confluence wiki ($10/month & requires own server space): professional wiki environment, best for high level technical projects.Custom site development (requires own server space, at cost and development time): this route requires coding knowledge (ex. HTML, CSS, Javascript).   Allows for maximum customization.

NYU Web Hosting (https://hosting.nyu.edu): shared hosting space via Reclaim.  You have one-click install access to WordPress, Omeka, Scalar, and hosting space. Currently in pilot and free to members of the NYU community.  Supported by Digital Scholarship Services.

Omeka (requires own server space http://omeka.org): open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Great for DH projects.