Getting Started

Security Protocol (HTTPS)

On May 1, 2017, a ssl certificate has been added to the Platform and all Openscholar sites have been moved to https.

HTTPS is a protocol for secure communication over a computer network which is widely used on the Internet. HTTPS consists of communication over Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) within a connection encrypted by Transport Layer Security, or its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer. The main motivation for HTTPS is authentication of the visited website and protection of the privacy and integrity of the exchanged data.

Filtered Search Widget

The Filtered Search widget allows you to place a search box on a page and search the content on that specific page. You can use multiple variations of this widget to search within specific areas of your site based on content type (App type content) and/or taxonomy vocabularies. 

Your Site after leaving Harvard

Your OpenScholar site will still be available for you to use after you leave Harvard University.

Before You Leave Harvard 

To ensure that you can receive the reset password email, your email account information must be up to date. Please update your Account information BEFORE your Harvard email expires. Please contact your school's IT department or Harvard Alumni Help Desk to obtain a Harvard alumni email address.

Logging into your site

  1. Navigate to your website
    NOTE: You need to be logging in from YOUR site. 
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page
    find admin log in
  3. Click the "Admin Login" link

Get Your Website

OpenScholar is a web creation platform provided by Harvard Web Publishing for the Harvard University community. It provides an easy and efficient way to create and manage a Personal, Project and Department website without having to know any web development code (HTML, etc.). Harvard Affiliates with a Harvard Key and PIN can create an OpenScholar site.

Create Your Site

Select to create a "scholar" site or "group or department type" site.

Kinds of Sites

Harvard Web Publishing offers seven kinds of default website structures often called "pre-sets." These pre-set structures help get your site up and running quickly. Learn how to configure these types of sites, and view tips for organizing and presenting your website content.

Account Information

Viewing and Changing your Account Information

Your user account information can be managed by clicking the User Account icon in the top right corner of your site and clicking Manage Account.

You can change your email address or password at any time in Manage Account
After you click Save, the changes will take effect immediately.

Using & Managing Apps

Apps add new functionality to your site. Enabling an App might give you a new type of content, a new site section, new widgets and more. Some Apps are enabled by default on every OpenScholar site. You can enable and configure Apps in the Administrative Toolbar by going to Settings > Enable Apps