Creation of a Personal Web Page

A personal homepage is your means of putting your own information on the World Wide Web (WWW).

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 generate a web page:

  • You may create your text file in many different ways using a text editor such as notepad (windows), simpletext (mac) or pico (unix).
  • There are many software packages, such as Dream Weaver, that you can use to generate the html code for you. Additionally, most word processing packages such as MS Word, will usually save to the HTML format as well.

There are many sites you can visit to learn how to create a web page.
Links for additional information can be found at:

Setting up your Unix Account

To view your HTML webpage, you must:

  • create your HTML file.
  • create a special directory in your Unix account.
  • establish the correct permissions on your public_html directory.
  1. If you would like to use a script to create the directory and set the permissions, visit: (This is presently unavailable, please use the alternative instructions below or contact IST Service Desk for assistance).
    The script requires you to enter your userid and password.
    This must be done everytime files are added to your directory.
  2. Alternatively, you can create the directory and set the permissions manually.
    • Login to your unix account.
    • Create your public_html directory by entering mkdir public_html at the UNIX prompt.
    • Set the file permissions (your Unix account is configured so that by default you are the only one who can see the files in your directory. This is for privacy and security reasons.)
      At the UNIX prompt, enter chmod 755 public_html
    • Your Home Directory or Unix account requires execute permissions.
      * please use the spacebar when you see (sp) *
      At the UNIX prompt, enter:
      • chmod g-l(sp)~
      • chmod a+x(sp)~
  3. Your basic file or the first file must be called index.html and is placed into the public_html directory. Note: There is a difference between Index.html, INDEX.HTML, and index.html. ALL file names in your unix account should be lower case to reduce the confusion that may take place. Also note that html and htm can be treated the same by a web server - but that if you reference them in html code as a link that the extensions must be properly used.
    • The command used to change directories is cd.
    • cd public_html
    • Make sure that the index.html file has world read permissions.
    • chmod 644 index.html
  4. Your webpage will have the URL
    • If you have an account on Computer Science or Electrical Engineering you may follow these instructions but the address would be:
    • Computer Science URL's would be:
    • Electrical Engineering URL's would be:
  5. Transferring Your Web Files
    • Programs such as Dream Weaver (currently running on ACN Lab Machines) have a special "publish" option that will automatically transfer files. This IS an UNsupported feature.
      FTP/sFTP software can be used to move files from your PC or Mac to the public_html directory you have created. You can download free ftp software from the Internet such as Filezilla, WinSCP, WS_ftp, etc..
      Once you have started your FTP client, you will be asked for your userid, password and the host. Although your address will be, to transfer your files the host should be s (secure) to login into your unix/linux account. Look for the public_html directory and double click on it.


Help & Solutions Centre
123 Fletcher Argue
Bannatyne Help Desk
230 NJM Library