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Setup Instructions for Personal Web Pages
For Students, Faculty and Staff Only

 

A personal homepage is your means of putting your own information on the World Wide Web (WWW). La Salle University provides all Students, Faculty and Staff with 7.5 megs of web space free of charge. The links below will step you through the process of establishing a web presence at La Salle.

  1. Setup Your Web Space
  2. Create A Web Page
  3. Transfer Web Files
  4. Review your Site

1. Setup Your Web Space

This process will initialize your personal web server space and prepare it for public access.

  • Windows ME/98/2k/XP
    1. Click the Start button, and select Run from the menu.


    2. At the prompt, type telnet alpha.lasalle.edu and click OK.


    3. At the prompt, enter your Explorer Username (i.e. smithj1). Press Enter. Type your Explorer Password (i.e. 12345_smi). Press Enter.


    4. At the prompt, type the command create_webspace. This will create the "public_html" folder where your web page will be stored.


  • For Mac OS X users - Refer to Secure Telnet for OS X for how to establish a telnet connection. Once connected, continue at step 3 above.

2. Creating A Web Page

A web page is nothing more than a text file written with special tags that format the contents, point to other pages, and insert images and sounds. The tags are called HyperText Markup Language, or HTML.

There are a variety of ways to create a web page:

  • There are many software packages, such as DreamWeaver and Frontpage, that you can use for creating web pages. These are called WYSIWYG editors because you design your web page with little knowledge of the code. Dreamweaver is available on limited computers in Wister Lab. Frontpage is expected to be available in labs for Spring 2006. If you would like to purchase Frontpage for yourself, visit JourneyEd.com and select La Salle University. It is available at the discounted price of $59.98
  • Additionally, most word processing packages such as Microsoft Word and Publisher, can save to the HTML format as well.

    Click File --> Save As



    and select Web Page (*.htm; *.html)

When saving, note that your personal home page should be called index.html. That will make it the default file that is shown to a visitor to your site. This page is the starting point for access to your Web pages.

  • For those coders out there, you may create your web page using a text editor such as notepad (windows), simpletext (mac) or pico (unix). An example of how your file should look:

    <html>
    ___<head>
    ______<title>This is the page title</title>___
    ___ </head>
    ______<body>
    ________Contents of the page go here
    ______ </body>
    </html>

When saving, note that your personal home page should be called index.html. That will make it the default file that is shown to a visitor to your site. This page is the starting point for access to your Web pages.

3. Transfer Web Files

Once your webpages are complete, you can begin to transfer them to your web space on Alpha. We will show you how to use the basic FTP functionality in windows to upload your files. There are other GUI FTP Clients available on www.downloads.com if you prefer. For Instructions on setting up Dreamweaver and Frontpage to publish your sites, see below.

FTP

  • Windows ME/98/2k/XP

    1. Click the Start button, and select Run from the menu.


    2. At the prompt, type ftp alpha.lasalle.edu and click OK.


    3. At the prompt, enter your Explorer Username (i.e. smithj1). Press Enter. Type your Explorer Password (i.e. 12345_smi). Press Enter.


    4. At the ftp> prompt, type put. Press Enter. Type the full path of your Web page location (i.e. c:/mysite/index.htm). Press Enter. Type public_html/filename replacing filename with the actual name of your file. See below.


    5. If you receive an error, make sure you typed the correct path, and that your slashes are going the right way ('/' not '\'). If you get disconnected, just close the window and start from the beginning.
  • For Mac OS X users - Refer to Secure FTP for OS X as a guide, or use your own FTP software.

Using Dreamweaver

  1. Click Site -> Manage Sites -> New...
  2. Create a new site and name it 'Personal Web Site' or similar name.
  3. Click Advanced. Enter in your information similar to the picture below. For Username and password use your default Explorer account (smithj1, 12345_smi)


  4. Click Test to check your account settings.
  5. Click OK to complete. More Dreamweaver tutorials...

Using Frontpage 2000/2002 to publish your Web site

 

4. Viewing Your Web Site

The address, or URL (uniform resource locator), used to reach ~username/public_html/index.html would be http://www.lasalle.edu/~username/.

To access the other Web pages in your directory, you must type the complete URL: http://www.lasalle.edu/~username/filename.html.