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Creating Personal Homepages

Welcome to Creating Personal Homepages. One of the privileges of having a UH Username is that you are allowed to create a personal homepage in your account that is viewable to the world.

PLEASE READ!
Pages which include offensive images or sounds, and copyrighted material and pages created for commercial purposes are strictly prohibited. Any violation of the Executive Policy Use and Management of Information Technology Resources or the Student Conduct Code may result in disciplinary action and may also result in revocation of your computing privileges and/or complete or temporary disabling of your personal homepages from the system. Please read the Homepage Policies for more information.

Before You Begin

Before you can create your personal homepage you must have a UH Username:
Getting Started with Your UH Username

Your URL Is...

The URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of your page will be in the form: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~username
For example: Jane Doe with a UH Username of "jdoe" has created a personal webspace. A user will be able to be access Jane Doe's website in a web browser with the url http://www2.hawaii.edu/~jdoe

All files that Jane would like to make available for her webspace should be in a directory called "public_html" in her UH home account. The default file that gets loaded when somebody browses your Web page is "index.html".

The "public_html" directory and it's contents that you'd like to be available on the Web needs to be set such that the web server can read them.  New files can be uploaded using a sftp client connecting at port 22 (see sftp section below). If you do not have a "public_html" directory, you may create it manually or through the Managing Your UH Username page. Log in with your UH Username and password, then click "Create Home Page" under "Personal Home Page Options".

Manual Updates

 Regardless of the SFTP client you choose, SFTP clients ask for the following information in order to connect to your account. 

General Settings for Personal Homepages
Hostname: uhunix.hawaii.edu
Username: <Your UH Username>
Password: <Your Password>
Directory: public_html

 

SSH/SFTP

ITS supports secure shell (ssh) for accessing your personal files or secure file transfer (sftp) protocol for uploading files onto your personal webspace. Some applications that support ssh are SSH for Windows and iTerm for Mac OS X. Some applications that support sftp are SSH for the Windows and Fugu for Mac OS X.

 

Platform:   Application: (click to download) Installation Instructions
PC SSH/SFTP SSH 3.2.9 HTML
Macintosh OS X 10.2 and higher SSH iTerm

PDF

Macintosh OS X 10.1 and higher SFTP Fugu

PDF


Whichever ssh/sftp client you choose to use when uploading your Web content, remember to include the port number, which is 22, when connecting. This number comes after the host name when opening a sftp connection to the Web server. For instance, when connecting to uhunix, the host name should look like uhunix.hawaii.edu:22. Use this host name along with your uhunix username and password when creating a sftp connection to publish webpages.

 

For more information, please visit the SSH/SSL FAQ.

Troubleshooting

  • If you have trouble uploading your files, send mail to help@hawaii.edu
  • If your error message says the file is not readable, the directory is not readable, or permission denied, then use the Personal Home Page Options in the Managing Your UH Username page to make your file(s) viewable.
  • If you get an error messsage saying that the file is not found, be sure you have an 'index.html' file in your public_html subdirectory. You can use the Personal Home Page Options in the Managing Your UH Username page to create a default (index.html) page in the correct place or make sure your SFTP general settings are correct.
  • If your error message states that the host is not found, be sure you type your URL correctly.
  • Make sure that you include the port number for you sftp connection. For example, when connecting to uhunix use uhunix.hawaii.edu:22.
  • Ensure you have an index.html or index.htm file in your public_html directory, this is the default file which will be displayed.

Scripting and ASP Info

CGI scripting (other than features listed below), Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP), and Microsoft Extensions are not supported on MyHomepages. CGI scripting is only offered for departmental pages.

Add-On Features

Form Methods
For a simple method of retrieving a users comments (email or a text file) with a form see:
HFPM Method

Server-side Includes
To include the contents from another file in your page:
Server-side Includes

Page Counter
For instructions on adding a page counter:
Adding a Page Counter

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Article ID: 694
Created: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 10:13am
Modified: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 9:14am