Web publishing is yet another service available from your student account. Activation of your NetID account generates your personal web space on the Students 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
State University's Telecommunications Policies and WWW Guidelines.
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.
Your personal website URL on the Students server is http://students.kennesaw.edu/~yournetid
|Tools to create your personal website
|Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 is available in the computer labs around campus once you opt in to the application. Follow the steps below to gain access to Dreamweaver.
- Point your browser to https://apps.kennesaw.edu
- Log in with your NetID and password
- Click on the "Virtual Application Preferences" link
- Click on the "Change My Preference" next to Dreamweaver 8.
- Select "Opt In" from the New Status drop-down list.
- Click the "Change Preference" button
- Click the "Back to list" button
- Click the "Log out" button at the top of the page.
- Close the browser and log off the computer
- Log back in, click on "Start", "Programs", "Macromedia", "Dreamweaver 8"
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:
- Create a new document.
- Go to Save As, and change the type from Word Document to Web Page (*.htm, *.html).
- 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
Do not use & _ # or other odd symbols in your file or
- Avoid redundancy
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.
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
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 students.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.
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://students.kennesaw.edu/~yournetid/imagename.jpeg
When you are done with Cyberduck, make sure you disconnect.
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.