PMACS Web Team


The Penn Medicine Academic Computing Services department provides a number of web development and design services for faculty, staff, and students within the School. The following services are provided for official SOM departments, institutes, and groups:

Web Site Hosting

Any department, center, institute, graduate group, lab, or student organization may request an account on our web server, Included with each account is a 30 MB disk quota and a variety of services and security options.

Please be aware that the Perelman School of Medicine has design standards for its web sites which must be followed. If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact Alethea Peña, Web Project Manager for the Perelman School of Medicine.

Web Site Design and Maintenance

Any account holder on may request assistance in creating his/her organization's web site. This may include any/all of the following:

  • Web site design using HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript, as needed and then setting up your site to work with our content management system (CMS) so you can maintain the content
  • Creating simple web forms that send submitted data via email as well as saving to a downloadable spreadsheet format
  • Events calendar integration
  • Social networking integration
  • RSS feed creation and integration
  • Search engine optimization (SEO) guidance
  • Streaming video hosting and assistance

These services are currently provided free of charge, but should be scheduled as far in advance as possible. Please note also that some groups will receive higher priority and access to the full suite of services while other groups will receive more limited services.

If your organization falls within the Perelman School of Medicine, please contact Alethea Peña, Web Projects Manager.

Organizations within the University of Pennsylvania Health System which do not have an academic or research component, should contact the UPHS Web Group for assistance.

Web Application Development

The School has a team of web designers and programmers that develop web-based database applications. Development is limited to applications with school-wide relevance or benefit. To discuss the feasibility of a project, or for assistance in initiating a project discussion, contact Doug Brunk, PMACS Director of Software Development, for a consultation.

The School provides a web development platform for those groups interested in doing their own application development. The platform consists of an Apache web server running on Linux, PHP, and mySQL. This server is managed by Information Services, housed in a secure machine room, and backed up on a regular nightly schedule. Programming support, beyond the creation of accounts, is not available.

Organizations within the University of Pennsylvania Health System which do not have an academic or research component or which require interaction with patient data, should contact the UPHS Web Group for assistance.

Personal Web Sites

Personal or commercial web sites must be stored on an external host. The School does not provide support or hosting services for personal websites.