Getting Started Publishing to the Central Web Server

Announcement:

As of February 7, 2014, ITS is no longer creating accounts on the UI Central Server.

Website hosting for departments and organizations is now available on the new SiteNow website hosting service.

For information about the SiteNow service, go to: http://sitenow.uiowa.edu

To request a SiteNow Standard site go to: http://sitenow.uiowa.edu/standard-site-request-form

Syntax for document links

The links you use in your Web pages may be relative or absolute. They are formed with the tilde character (~ ) and your home directory ID. In the following notes, "serverid" is your home directory ID, and "filename" is the name of your html file or Web page.

Relative links are formed like this:

<a href="/~serverid/filename.html">text for link</a>

Absolute links look like this:

<a href="http://www.uiowa.edu/~serverid/filename.html">text for link</a>

Filenames

In order to be automatically rendered by the server, the top-level file or homepage in your directory must be named:

The top-level file or homepage will function as the index to your departmental pages, since it links to whatever additional pages you have developed. For html pages (files) other than the primary "index" file, both ".htm" and ".html" are valid suffixes.

If you do not provide an "index.html" or "index.shtml" file, the system will display a generic file list.

Filename notes:

Connecting to a site to publish or edit pages:

Notice:

March 1, 2010: To enhance server security, off-campus FTP access to the central server has been disabled. UI personnel can continue to connect via FTP from off-campus by utilizing the secure UI Anywhere VPN service. For information on using the VPN service go to: http://its.uiowa.edu/apps2/support/vpn

FTP is used to connect to accounts to publish and/or edit pages. Common web authoring tools such as Dreamweaver and MS FrontPage include a built-in FTP feature. Dedicated FTP clients such as WS-FTP or Fetch can also be used.

Connecting to an account via FTP typically requires the following information be specified in the FTP client:

FTP Host: www.uiowa.edu

Host Directory: leave blank or use Production (see Directory info below)

Login/User ID: your account name

Password: the password assigned to account

Directory Organization: Testing & Production

There are two subdirectories on your home directory, one for developing and testing files and another for publishing files on the Web. The computing environments of the two directories are identical. The only difference is that the testing directory does not use the public URL for the site, e.g. www.uiowa.edu/~sitename

UNIX subdirectories are similar to Macintosh folders and PC DOS directories and subdirectories. Use these subdirectories to organize your information in a hierarchical manner.

Anything in an account outside of the "production" or "testing" directories will not be visible on the Web.

To request to have your site added to the UI A-Z List (http://www.uiowa.edu/homepage/search/index.html) please contact the UI webmaster via the form on this web page:

http://www.uiowa.edu/homepage/contact/index.html

Website Redirects

Account Retention Policy

Server Backups

Backups currently run Wednesday and Saturday nights. Requests for restores may be made at the ITS Help Desk, 2800 UCC, 384-HELP.