At IU, what is the difference between Webserve and Mercury?

Note:
Effective April 2017, new Digital Streaming Media account creation is suspended. If you currently have an account, you may continue to use it until further notice. IU's Kaltura service is available to IU community members who need a media streaming service.
Important:
On Webserve, PHP 7.1 will become the default version in spring 2018; however, PHP 5.6 will still be available until it is retired at the end of December 2018. For help specifying which version of PHP to use, see PHP server-side scripting language.

Webserve hosts departmental, faculty, course, and official student organization pages at Indiana University; see At IU, who can have an account on Webserve, and how do I get one? Webserve hosts accounts on:

  • www.indiana.edu
  • www.iupui.edu
  • www.iun.edu
  • www.iuk.edu
  • www.iue.edu

Mercury hosts individual websites for faculty, staff, and students at pages.iu.edu; see At IU, what is Pages, and how can I publish a web page there? Some student organizations and faculty members may also choose to publish their web pages on Mercury, as it is easy to create an account using an existing IU Network ID.

Feature comparison

The following table compares some of the features included in Webserve and Mercury:

Feature Webserve Mercury
Apache 2.0 1.3.39
Connecting to server SSH2, SFTP SSH2, SFTP
E-commerce Available Not available
MySQL 5.0 to 5.5 (legacy)/5.7 (new) Not available
Perl 5.16 5.8.8
PHP 5.6 Not available
Python 2.7 2.5.1 in /usr/local/bin
Samba Available via Siteshare Not available
Streaming media service Available Not available
Text editors Emacs, nano, vi, vim Emacs, nano, vi, vim
Transform Available Not available
Virtual hostname Available Not available
Web usage reports Available Not available

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