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Answers to common questions about APA-supported websites for divisions interested in migrating to

To assist APA divisions in their online communications with their members and potential new members, APA offers divisions the options of having their websites hosted and maintained by APA web staff. Divisions are not required to have their websites hosted by APA, but currently 25 divisions have taken advantage of this benefit from APA. The list below includes frequently asked questions about the process for setting up an APA-hosted division website.

A. No, migration and maintenance services are by APA provided free of charge to the division.

A. This depends on how many divisions opt in—both the number currently hosted and maintained by APA, and the number in migration — and the size of your division’s website. As of Sept. 2019, APA hosts 25 division websites. A division that signs up in the second quarter of the year will most likely be migrated by the third quarter of the year, depending on APA staff schedules and the division contact's availability and responsiveness.

A. You can keep your custom domain name by continuing to pay any annual fees and redirect it to your new URL. Two of the APA hosted divisions still use their custom domain name/URL: 

You have to contact your domain registrar to have the URL repointed to the new site; the APA digital communications team will give you the information you need to do that. You may choose, custom domain name or not, to keep a hosting contract with your old web service company to redirect your site via the control panel or to add a metarefresh page. The redirect may be deleted after major search engines have found your new website.

After your site has launched, if your old site was housed on the APA server, the APA web and ITS staff will take care of making a backup copy of the old site, taking it down and creating redirects to the new site. If your old site was housed on another server, the division is responsible for backing up and taking down the old site and creating a redirect to the new site.

A. No, APA does not offer custom database or application services. You would need to maintain these systems outside of APA and we would link out to it from your APA website.

Last updated: June 2021Date created: March 2016