Personal Websites

Build your own Personal or Group Website

Below are "bare bones, fast-start instructions" for members of MIT looking for help building and hosting a personal (or group) website. If you have an MIT Kerberos ID, this is for you. Of course there are lots of other kinds of sites and ways to get them hosted but this combination is one that is quick to learn, highly extensible, and (most importantly) easy to maintain long term.


Your MIT Kerberos ID and password

If you don’t have a site already having the following content together will make things go faster:

  • Research statement
  • Recent high resolution photograph of yourself
  • Up to date publications list
  • At least a summary (if not a multi- paragraph description) and images for each of your projects
  • Links to related content (news stories, video links etc)


1. Log into Athena. You can do this via a web interface or if you are using a term the command is:

                 ssh -l your-athena-username

(New to Athena? Your Athena user name is your MIT email address without the "" part)

2. At the Athena prompt type the following 2 commands:

                 athena% add scripts
                 athena% scripts-start

3. You will be prompted for what software you would like installed. Choose option 2 "Wordpress".

4. You will then be prompted to say if this is a personal or group account. Choose option 1. You are performing this install for your "personal Athena account" 

5. You will then be prompted for a site name, ie what you would choose to have in place of the asterisks in** - "your-athena-username" would work.

6. You will then be prompted for an administrator username - "admin" might be a good choice.

7. Finally you will be prompted to set an associated password. Be sure to make a note of it!

A few moments later you will be able to access your new site at (Or whatever you end up calling it.)

After a few moments of savoring a sense of accomplishment, login as admin and begin tailoring the site to your own needs. The quickest way to learn is simply to play with what is there. Create a page. Create another page. Delete a page. Change the pictures. Reorder the navigation. If you already have a developed site, you have plenty of content and a pre-existing structure to work with which should makes things go fast. Do use the "media library" for images and pdfs - maybe your CV? You have 2G of storage, which should be plenty. 

Athena links (MIT Hosting):

Wordpress links:

Some alternative paths to a handsome and professional looking personal or group website:

  • User friendly, open-source, FREE, templates (as well as Wordpress and Drupal themes) at - host it in your Athena locker in ~/www. Use scp to transfer files. Off campus users will need to install a Virtual Private Network or VPN (it's easy) more
  • Squarespace

Example EAPS Sites

It is in the nature of websites to be ever evolving as new options appear and members upgrade - please excuse any mis-categorisations.

Faculty and Principal Investigator (Group) Sites

Wordpress: Cziczo | Cahoy | Summons Group | Ferrari

Non-Wordpress: Perron | Ravela/CAOS (MIT Drupal Cloud)| Weiss (Squarespace) | Selin (Squarespace)

Individual Postdoc and Student Sites

Wordpress: Cael Barry | Daniel Gilford | Isabela Le Bras | Shane O'Reilly | Daniel Rothenburg Deepa Rao

Non-Wordpress: Ali Mashayek | Justin Bandoro (Google Site) | Christine Chen

Outline Site Map Recommendation

> Home

A concise paragraph summing up who you are and what you are working on. Consider including a high resolution head and shoulders photograph of yourself.

> Research

A brief description of your research project(s) with an illustrative captioned image.

> Publications

Up-to-date list of your publications perhaps subdivided betwenn "In Preparation" and "By Year" with most recent first.

Nb. Link to the paper via its DOI number (Digital Object Identifier)  ie"DOI". Consider including a link to e.g. Google Scholar.

> CV

Upload as a PDF as well as posting an html version perhaps...

> News

A blog reporting new publications, or attendance at meetings and conferences, a particularly cool animation, a photograph of something you saw in the microscope/ telescope...)


> Courses (if you teach/ TA)

> Contact

> Links

> Connect any social media accounts you use professionally (facebook, twitter, linkerin)

and finally...

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