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Creating and Designing Your Website


Web Communications:

Website Usage is not to be used as a personal website, we recommend Facebook or Google Homepages for posting personal information such as family photos, hobbies, etc.

The following services are now available to replace the services formerly provided by VUspace**.

My Vanderbilt

University Web Communications, in partnership with ITS, has created to enable faculty, students and staff to create websites related to their work, study and research at Vanderbilt.. The service is built and supported by University Web Communications and Information Technology Services (ITS) using WordPress.

SkyDrive is available to the Vanderbilt community through a new product called VU Live. SkyDrive is a file storage and sharing service that allows users to upload files to the computing cloud, and then access them from a Web browser. It uses Windows Live ID to control access to the user's files, allowing them to keep the files private, share with contacts, or make the files public. Publicly-shared files do not require a Windows Live ID to access. The service offers 25 GB of free personal storage, with a maximum file size for individual files limited to 50 MB. Please go to to sign up for VU Live.

Also, Microsoft Office SharePoint 2010 Mysites are now available and provide comprehensive content management with 1 GB of personal storage space. More information on SharePoint 2010 and how to provision a Mysite can be found by going to A SharePoint 2010 Mysite will provide users with both data storage and web page hosting.

Questions? Contact your local support provider. (

If using Comcast or a commercial ISP, you must use Vanderbilt’s virtual private network.
Follow this link to download the VPN software:

IT courses offered at Vanderbilt

Links listed at the Center for Teaching Resources Page:

As a Tool in the Job Market

What to include on your webpage
Most important: CV (pdf file) – sample CV, Working papers (pdf file)
Optional: paragraph with research interests, photo of you, links to other sites
Maybe a good idea, maybe not: personal information such as pictures of vacations or family members, discussion of hobbies

Linking your webpage to the department’s webpage
E-mail Shelley ( your homepage address and ask her to link your website to your name on the graduate students’ page.

Webpage usage during the job market process
Used to access your CV or papers;
Used if a professor contacts the job market coordinator personally about a candidate;
Referenced after the decision has been made to interview the candidate;
Not a large part of the job market process, but a nice resource for the job search committee

Include your homepage address on your CV

You can use Vanderbilt logos and templates, but don’t represent your website as an official Vanderbilt website

**VUspace FAQ:

**VUspace for individuals being retired; new Web hosting and file storage services ITS will retire VUspace for Individuals as a service on October 1, 2011. VUspace for Individuals has been used for file storage and Web site hosting. ITS will replace VUspace for Individuals with more robust and modern technology.

There are a couple of items that are important to note:

· This move will only affect websites that are currently hosted in VUspace – other websites are not affected.

· VUspace Groups will not be affected by the retirement of VUspace for Individuals.

If VUspace users decide to create a new site using, they will be responsible for moving their content (text, photos, etc.) from their old VUSpace site to their new site. This is a manual process that users must do themselves. University Web Communications will host monthly training sessions for and will be available to answer user questions. Visit to view the schedule and reserve a training spot in the WordPress class. There is also a, “How to…” section available with short podcasts detailing how to use WordPress for your site. More information about is available at

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Links for building your website:

Contact Information:

Phone: (615) 322-2871

Fax: (615) 343-8495

Write to:
Department of Economics
Vanderbilt University
VU Station B, Box #351819
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235