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

Support for the Legacy MySQL for Webserve environment is ending May 31, 2018. If you have a Legacy MySQL account, you should migrate your service to the New MySQL for Webserve environment before that date. For more, see Migrate from Legacy to New MySQL for Webserve service.
The WWWDM service will be retired on June 30, 2018, and Digital Streaming Media account creation was suspended in April 2017. IU's Kaltura service is available to IU community members who need a media streaming service.
On Webserve, the default version of PHP is 7.1; however, PHP 5.6 will still be available until it is retired at the end of December 2018. Webtest servers are already using PHP 7.1. 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 About Webserve accounts Webserve hosts accounts on:


Mercury hosts individual websites for faculty, staff, and students at; 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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