2. Web Space & Addresses
OUCS provides registered Nexus users with an allocation of additional web space with their email accounts. This free space can be used to house your web site. Each space has an address or 'URL' (Universal Resource Locator) associated with it so that the pages stored on the server can be accessed over the Internet.
Users wishing to publish personal web pages must first activate their Linux and Web Space Accounts. This is an easy and quick process! Both accounts are part of your Oxford Account used to access Nexus and WebLearn.
To activate your web space go to https://register.it.ox.ac.uk/accman/web/ where you will see the following web page:
The web space account page also lets you add your name to an index of personal web sites. You can also set up site statistics through this page which will show you how many visitors have viewed your site on a weekly basis.
In order to use your activated web space you also need to quickly activate your Linux account via the registration page at: https://register.it.ox.ac.uk/accman/shell
Please note: If you are working on linux.ox.ac.uk, you will be able to see your web space within 15 minutes of its activation. After this time it can be reached via Secure FTP.
All personal web pages at Oxford University have URLs of
username is replaced by your own
Oxford Single Sign-On (SSO) username. N.B. the
~' is critical in the URL.
You should make a HTML file called
index.html which people will
see as your Welcome (or home page) document when
accessing your site. This file should be put in the
public_html directory. If
index.html does not exist, the
server will return a document listing all the files in
the directory. Since this is not desirable, you should
always make sure there is an
index.html file in your
public_html directory, even if
it just contains a link to somewhere else.
Web pages can be prepared in a text editor, word processing package or html editor. OUCS runs a variety of web publishing courses that will help you make the best of your site.
N.B. There is another directory called
cgi/bin. This folder should be
used if you want to develop safe perl programs, see
User-written CGI programs
for more information.