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Personal Web Space Tutorial


Every student, faculty member, and staff member on campus has their own personal web space. If you are interested in creating a personal web site using the space given to you by SIUE, please go through the following tutorial and contact the campus web administrator at webadmin@siue.edu if you should have any questions.

Your personal web space is located at http://www.siue.edu/~your-e-id-here

For example, if your e-id is jdoe your site would be located at http://www.siue.edu/~jdoe

To create a web page an excellent program to use is SeaMonkey. You can find a SeaMonkey tutorial here:

http://www.siue.edu/its/web/seamonkey/

The first page you want to show up when people visit your site will always be named index.html. If you create any directories, the first page in that directory will also need to be named index.html. This way the web server knows what to look for. Your page could have another extension besides .html, but for this tutorial we will stick with that.

Once you have your index page ready to go, it's time to put it up on the web server and check it out. You will need to use an FTP program, such as WS-FTP for Windows, Cyberduck for Mac, or FileZilla for any platform, to put your page on the server.

WS-FTP can be downloaded for free here:
http://www.siue.edu/its/web/exe/WS_FTP32.exe

Cyberduck can be downloaded for free here:
http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/internet_utilities/cyberduck.html

FileZilla can be downloaded for free here:
http://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=client

NOTE:
After connecting via FTP... 

  • Make sure you put all of your site files in the 'html' directory of the server.
  • Make sure your home page is called 'index.html' or 'index.htm' and is not buried inside a folder...it needs to be immediately inside the 'html' folder on the server.
  • Make sure your file structure and heirarchy are the same on the server as they are on your computer.  

Using WS-FTP


Open WS-FTP and enter the following information (FTP cannot be used while on the wireless network at SIUE):

Host Name/Address: cougar.isg.siue.edu
Host Type: Automatic Detect
User ID: your e-id
Password: your e-id password

Then click OK and you should be logged in. You should see a directory on the right half of the screen named html. This is the directory where all of you pages, pictures, etc. you want to show up on the web will go. Double click on the html directory to open it.

On the left half of your screen you will need to navigate to the location you saved the index.html page. The directory you are in now is at the top, you can navigate to the correct directory by double clicking on the green up arrow to go back a directory and then double clicking on the directory you want to view when you see it.

Once you have located your index.html file left click once on the file and then click the arrow that points to the right to send it to the web server.

Now go to your personal web site (http://www.siue.edu/~youreid) in your web browser to see what it looks like.

Using Cyberduck

Open Cyberduck, click on "Open Connection" and enter the following information (FTP cannot be used while on the wireless network at SIUE):

Protocol: SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer)
Server: cougar.isg.siue.edu
Username: your e-id
Password: your e-id password

After you have entered the above information, click "Connect."

In the list of files and directories that show up, you will see a directory named "html." This is where all of your web files will be stored. Double click on the "html" directory to open it.

You can now drag the files you would like to put on the web right into the Cyberduck window. To copy files from the web to your Mac, simply drag them from Cyberduck to a local folder on your computer.

Now go to your personal web site (http://www.siue.edu/~youreid) in your web browser to see what it looks like.

FileZilla

Open FileZilla and enter the following settings (FTP cannot be used while on the SIUE-WIFI wireless network at SIUE):

Host: cougar.isg.siue.edu
Username: your e-id
Password: your e-id password
Port: 22

After you have entered the above information, click "Quickconnect."

In the list of files and directories that show up on the right, you will see a directory named "html." This is where all of your web files will be stored. Double click on the "html" directory to open it.

You can now drag the files from the left you would like to put on the web to the right side. To copy files to your computer from the web server, simply drag them from the right to the left.

Now go to your personal web site (http://www.siue.edu/~youreid) in your web browser to see what it looks like.

That's it. If you have any further questions about getting your pages to the web server, please let the web administrator know by e-mailing webadmin@siue.edu.

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