.Web Publishing

Web Account

Web publishing is yet another service available from your student account. Activation of your NetID account generates your personal web space on the Studentweb server. The next step is to develop your website by creating web pages and uploading them to your "html" folder in your home account.

Please note that anything published in your “HTML” directory will be searchable and viewable to everyone on the internet. Please carefully and thoughtfully consider the content of your web pages. Pages must be contained in each user’s home directory, and comply and conform to the
Kennesaw State University's Telecommunications Policies and WWW Guidelines.

Disk Space

It is important to note that you have 25MB of disk space on your account. The number of saved messages, files you download, and web pages you have published take up this space. When creating your web pages, remember that photographs are space hogs and will eat up your Student Server quota rather quickly.

Web Address

Your personal website URL on the studentweb server is http://studentweb.kennesaw.edu/~yournetid

Tools to create your personal website
Using Dreamweaver
Adobe Dreamweaver CS 5.5 is available in the computer labs around campus. Follow the steps below to gain access to Dreamweaver.
  1. Click "Start"
  2. Click "All Programs"
  3. Click "Adobe Master Collection CS 5.5"
  4. Click "Adobe Dreamweaver Cs 5.5"

When you create a new page, select the Basic Page category and choose HTML for the type. After creating your page, be sure to go to the File menu and save your page.

Check the ITS schedule for the next available hands-on training workshop and download the instruction booklet to learn the basics of Dreamweaver.
Using Microsoft Word

To create a simple web page using Microsoft Word, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new document.
  2. Go to Save As, and change the type from Word Document to Web Page (*.htm, *.html).
  3. Add your content, and remember to save your work.
Important Tips for Naming and Organizing Files
  • Avoid spaces
    Web servers and URLs do not accept spaces.

  • Avoid special symbols
    Do not use & _ # or other odd symbols in your file or directory names.

  • Avoid redundancy
    Do not repeat portions of directory names in the names of files and sub directories.

  • Keep names short and descriptive
    Give your files and sub directories short but descriptive names. Remember, these names appear in your URL. Also, keeping your names short simplifies your URLs.

  • Use lowercase characters only
    Unless you have a compelling reason to do otherwise, strictly use lowercase characters in file and directory names. Remember, URLs are case sensitive.

  • Name your primary HTML file index.html
    The homepage must be named index.html. If your site does not have an index.html file, it will never load.

Tools to publish your personal website on a PC
Using SSH - Secure Shell FTP Client

The Secure Shell FTP client is used to transfer files from one computer to another in a secure manner. This is especially useful when creating or updating your web pages. The main reason that it is needed is that creating and editing of web pages is usually not done on the web server but on a desktop or workstation computer. When a web page is created or edited on the local workstation, then the files need to be transferred to the web server. Click here to view detailed instructions on how to publish files using SSH. SSH can be downloaded from the ITS Software Downloads page.

Note: If you make changes to your document, you need to upload it again. Follow the same instructions for uploading, and make sure you have refreshed the left side so that you have the latest saved version.  You will be asked if you want to overwrite the document with the same name that is already there; select Yes.

Tools to publish your website on a Mac
Using Cyberduck

Installing and Getting Logged In

To install Cyberduck on your computer, download it free from http://cyberduck.ch.
Once downloaded and installed, open the program and select Open Connection.

  • From the dropdown, select SFTP.
  • Server is studentweb.kennesaw.edu.
  • The Username and Password are your NetID and password.
  • Select Connect.
  • You will receive a message that the host key is unknown; select Always to always allow the connection.

You will then see your student web space, which should have an html folder. If there is no html folder, you should create one by selecting New Folder from the File menu. Make sure to name the folder html.

Uploading Content

Everything you upload must go inside the html folder.  Double-click the html folder to open it.

  • Click on the down arrow above Action and select Upload….
  • Browse to the item you want to upload, select it, and then click Upload.

If you are trying to upload an index page make sure it is named index.html. Once the files are uploaded, you will see them in your html folder. For an image to appear in a document, you must upload to your web space the same image that you inserted into your document.  The path for the image within your document must reference the image location on your web space, not where the image is saved on your computer. For instance, if your image is saved to the html folder, the path for the image would be http://studentweb.kennesaw.edu/~yournetid/imagename.jpeg
When you are done with Cyberduck, make sure you disconnect.

Changing Content

If you make changes to your document, you need to upload it again. Follow the same instructions for uploading content.  You will be asked if you want to overwrite the previous file; select Continue.