The majority of public websites and WordPress hosting is on-premises, with the exception of a few sites. We are making a concerted effort to move our web environment to the cloud PaaS (Platform as a Service) with platform.sh. Using a cloud-based hosting solution allows the college to provide a consistent, highly available and responsive website experience to users.
Since all on-premises hosting is owned and managed by Colby's ITS department, all questions in regards to hosting should be routed through ITS.
Hosting in the cloud through a provider like platform.sh allows us to create web solutions outside of just WordPress to solve the College's unique web problems. We currently have a plan to migrate most of our public-facing web products to the cloud in single WordPress installations with special treatment given to institutions like (Goldfarb Center, Center for Arts and Humanities, etc.) and a few select applications for the Office of Communications like News/Now, Events and potentially Civil Discourse.
Netlify is used for custom-designed static sites that don't change very often. Netlify provides a wide array of tools to help facilitate web development and deployment.
SquareSpace is used for highly visual, high impact sites with very tight timelines and lots of approvers.