How Do I ...Create a Personal Home Page at Western

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Introduction

Creating your own home page is not as difficult as you might think. This document guides you through the process of creating your own home page and publishing it on publish.uwo.ca. The examples given assume that you are using a PC/Windows or Mac computer.

Before You Begin

Before you begin, read the following questions and answers.

Question: Do I have a Western Identity?

Yes, more than likely you do. All faculty, staff, and students at Western have a Western Identity automatically created for them. If you do not yet have a user Id and password please visit the home page About Your Western Identity.

Question: Where will my home page be located?

Your home page will be stored in a directory called public_html in your personal file space quota on the Western server. Everyone with an user ID is allotted a 20 MB disk space quota of central file storage. Part of your personal file space quota can be used to store your web documents including your html files and images. The page about Quota questions and answers will give you more information about your personal file space quota on the Western server.

Please note that your email quota is not part of your personal file space quota.

Question: How do I get my home page document from my PC or Mac computer to the Western server?

Using a secure file transfer program you will need to make a connection to the server: sftp.uwo.ca using your Western Identity user ID and password to upload the document from your local system to the sftp server.

An example of some sftp applications are:
  • Microsoft Windows
    • SSH Secure FTP
    • PuTTY
  • Mac OS X
    • JellyfiSSH
  • Linux/UNIX
    • OpenSSH

Question: How will other people find my page?

Anyone, anywhere on the Internet will be able to access your home page.  The web server has been configured so that your web address (also called a URL for Uniform Resource Locator) will be in the form:

http://publish.uwo.ca/~user_ID/

Question: What is appropriate content for my web pages?

Western faculty, staff, and students can create web pages for the World Wide Web to disseminate information relevant to their roles in the University. See the document University's Mission.

Individuals (faculty, staff, and students) will be responsible for the content of personal pages. Information made available via this service must meet the content policies defined by the Western Acceptable Use Agreement which you signed when you first activated your account.

Remember that web pages are public; don't put in information that people could use to hurt you. Your web pages describe you and your interests to the world so put some thought into how you represent yourself. Consider that potential future employers may read your Web pages.

Steps to Publishing on the Web

Step 1 - Activate Your Personal Web Space

You must first create (activate) a special directory in your personal web space on. To set up your web space, go to the online form Activate My Personal Web Space.

The first time this activation is done, it creates a directory called public_html in your personal disk space. It also creates a default home page using a standard template to a file called index.html within your new public_html directory. It also sets appropriate permissions on the directory and files within so that the web server can read them.

If the directory public_html and the file index.html already exist, then only the permissions will be set. The index.html file will not be overwritten.  Open a browser (e.g. Firefox, IE) and check to see whether you can access your homepage at http://publish.uwo.ca/~user_ID/. It should look like the template in this document. If you can view this page, everything is set up correctly.

Firstname Lastname's Home Page

e-mail:user_ID@uwo.ca

Here's a Bit about Me...

Type information about yourself here. This could include your area of study, hobbies, special interests, favourite sayings, or whatever else you like.

Favourite Web Pages

While not essential, just about everyone includes a link or two to sites they really like. The list of links below is created using an unordered list.
Last revised: xx/xx/xx



Firstname Lastname's Home Page


Firstname Lastname's Home Page



e-mail:user_ID@uwo.ca



Here's a Bit About Me...


Type any information about yourself here. This could include your area of study, hobbies, special interests, favourite sayings, or whatever else you like.

Favourite Web Pages


While not essential, just about everyone includes a link or two to sites they really like. The list of links below is created using an unordered list.




Last revised: xx/xx/xx
Figure 1 - A simple structure for a basic home page. Figure 2 - The HTML code that produces the home page in Figure 1.

Step 2 - Create Your HTML Content

You can prepare your web document using a variety of different methods. These include:

    1. Your operating system editor or your favorite word processor to type in your html document. You will need to type in both the text and the HTML tags. The file is saved as text (ASCII) with an .html or .htm extension. Example of system editors:
      • Windows (All Versions) - notepad
      • Mac - Simpletext
    2. Use an HTML Editor or translator. The following examples are a sampling of what is available. New HTML editors continue to be released for both the PC and Mac computers.

Step 3 - Upload Your Content to the Server

Transfer the content you have created from your computer to the folder public_html on the server using a secure file transfer program (SFTP).  The server or host name to connect to is sftp.uwo.ca

Note that you must transfer your files into the public_html directory. The file transfer usually sets the file protection to 'world readable'. If the permissions were not set this way during file transfer, you will need to correct this before you or anyone else can view your page. You can do this by returning to the Activate My Personal Web Space page and submitting your username and password again.

Note: If you are transferring images, you should click on the Binary button before transferring them to public_html.

Step 4 - Test Access to Your Web Space

Once your home page is safely in public_html, visitors to your site will use the following web URL to view your page:

http://publish.uwo.ca/~user_ID

This only works if you keep the name of your homepage as index.html. Other files in your public_html directory can be accessed directly. If you named a page mypage.html, then it could only be accessed by going to the URL

http://publish.uwo.ca/~user_ID/mypage.html

Step 5 - Advertise Your Home Page

Be sure to let people know that you have created a web page and give them the URL.

Tip: Include your home page address in your e-mail signature file so everyone who receives a message from you can visit your page.

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