What is CreateUK?

CreateUK (https://createuky.net/) is an online space the University of Kentucky (UK) Libraries provides for UK faculty and students to create, manage, and share their research outputs and academic work in digital form.  This is a pilot service and will continue through June 30, 2022.  Watch this video to learn more about CreateUK.

Why choose CreateUK?

CreateUK equips you with the tools and platform to create a wide variety of digital content including course website, blogs, portfolios, online exhibits, long-form born-digital scholarship, collaborative authoring and more.

However, if you are looking for simpler tools to create a website, you may want to consider Google Sites, Wix, Weebly, or Adobe Spark Page.

Who is eligible for a CreateUK account?

Current UK faculty, instructors, students, and UK Libraries employees are eligible for a CreateUK account.  For more details on User Eligibility, please see the Terms of Use.

What are the Terms of Use?

On CreateUK you bear the responsibility for your content, conduct, and compliance with laws and policies.  To learn more about your responsibilities be sure to read and consult our Terms of Use.

How do I get started?

Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Request an account. Log in with your linkblue credentials to see the form.
  2. Once your account is approved, name your domain.
  3. After naming your domain, you will want to install applications.
  4. As you install applications, you will need to name your projects.
  5. Add your content.

For more details on getting started, please consult the User Guide and/or contact us at CreateUK@lsv.uky.edu.

What is the Dashboard or cPanel?

The cPanel, or control panel, is your landing page for your CreateUK account that lets you easily access and manage the files and applications of your account. Once logged into your account, you can see your active applications and personal account information at a glance. The cPanel is also referred to as the Dashboard.

How much space do I have on my CreateUK account?

Each individual CreateUK account is given 2GB of file storage space. This is true no matter how many applications you install. Everything together, applications and files, is limited to 2GB of storage. If the limit is reached, users should contact CreateUK@lsv.uky.edu for information on archiving, compressing, deleting, or migrating content.

To see how much space you have used, look for the Statistics panel to the right of the main cPanel screen after logging in.

If you are not sure what the storage needs for your project will be, contact us CreateUK@lsv.uky.edu, and we can help you work on some estimates.

The applications you install on your CreateUK account may consume a lot of your storage space, so we recommend deleting any applications you install but decide not to use.

What kinds of projects can I host on CreateUK? Are there any restrictions?

CreateUK is intended to support research, teaching, and learning at the University of Kentucky through providing a customizable domain on a web hosting platform.

Users are responsible for adhering to the highest standard of ethical, responsible, and considerate use of CreateUK. Under no circumstances can CreateUK be utilized for purposes that are unauthorized or prohibited by law. Users will be held accountable for any misconduct or unethical use of CreateUK.

Users may not utilize CreateUK to organize or engage in fund-raising or any commercial activities. Commercial advertising on CreateUK is prohibited.

Users may not utilize CreateUK to create or transmit false or deceptive information, misguided alerts, or warnings. Participation in any fraudulent or unlawful activities via CreateUK is prohibited.

Under no circumstances can users convey the impression that they represent or make statements on behalf of UK or any units of UK. Users may not utilize the emblems, logos or other trademarks of UK and its units without prior written permission from an authorized UK official.

Users agree to post this disclaimer on their sites: “Content posted on CreateUK represents the views and opinions of the site creator and does not constitute a communication or content from the University of Kentucky Libraries, and the University of Kentucky.”

For more details on Responsibility for Content and Conduct, please see the Terms of Use.

Can I give others access to collaborate on my project(s)?

Your CreateUK account and its dashboard/cPanel is based on your linkblue id and password.  To invite collaborators to a project, first you will need to install the application you wish to use for your project.  Then, add your collaborators as administrators, editors, or authors, etc. in that application.

You can control the amount of editing privileges you grant each collaborator. No one you add as a user will have access to your cPanel dashboard.

Which application is right for my project(s)? Should I use WordPress, Scalar, Omeka or something else?

If you are having difficulty selecting the most appropriate application for your project(s), please contact us for a consultation.  Our CreateUK team will need to know more specifics about your project needs before making any recommendations.

To schedule a consultation, please contact us at: CreateUK@lsv.uky.edu

What kind of technical support is available?

Users in need of basic technical support for their use of CreateUK can contact UK Libraries at CreateUK@lsv.uky.edu. Requests for assistance with copyright, metadata, or digital literacy can also be directed to UK Libraries at the same e-mail address.

Where can I find "Help" information?

There are many tools available to help you while you create your digital content. Consider consulting our User Guide and Reclaim Hosting Community Forums.

What happens when I graduate or leave the University of Kentucky?

For graduating students (or faculty leaving the university) whom are primary owners of a site or project their accounts will be closed 3 months following graduation or leaving the University of Kentucky. However, graduating students (or faculty leaving the university) can also choose to migrate their content if they wish to keep it.

For more details on retaining and migrating content, please consult the User Guide.

Are there any design or accessibility requirements for my project?

The University of Kentucky adheres to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 (https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/), which aims to make online content accessible to a wider range of people’s abilities.  You are responsible for creating content that complies with these criteria.

For more details on the laws and policies by which CreateUK users agree to abide, please see the Terms of Use.

Other helpful resources include UK’s UDL & Accessibility Checklist and Resources, and UK’s Web Policy and accessibility requirements.

What are all the applications I have access to on CreateUK?

CreateUK users have access to over 100 different applications.  You can view the complete list here.  If there is an application you are interested in, and it is not listed on your CPanel dashboard, please contact CreateUK@lsv.uky.edu in order to add it.

Whom do I contact for questions?

For all of your CreateUK questions, please feel free to contact us at CreateUK@lsv.uky.edu.

Whom do I contact for consultations?

To schedule a consultation for your CreateUK project needs, please feel free to contact us at CreateUK@lsv.uky.edu.