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Publishing A Personal WWW Home Page

Members of the University are offered a facility that allows them to publish a personal home page for their own purposes. This "Personal Web Home Pages" service is hosted at the address http://personal.strath.ac.uk/.

It should be noted that materials hosted by the service are the work of individual members of the University of Strathclyde, and reflect their own views. Information published there should not be taken to represent the opinion or policy of the University of Strathclyde, or be an accurate representation of the University. The University of Strathclyde should not be associated with the views of individual members of the University expressed there.

The service should not be used to publish official information. This should be published through the University's formal web servers, typically http://www.strath.ac.uk/ recognised departmental systems.

Also note that, while the personal pages are not official University pages, all published material must still conform to the University's Computing Regulations, and in particular the Code Of Practice for Publishing Information in Electronic Format.

How to Publish Pages

Pages are published simply by placing them to the MyWebspace folder which is to be found in one's H: drive (network home directory) for personal filestore. Note that MyWebspace is all one word, containing no spaces. Any files in that folder will be published and available to the public Internet, with an address based on one's main University mail name. For example, a user with an email address of a.b.example@strath.ac.uk will have files in their H:\MyWebspace folder published as their personal home page at the address http://personal.strath.ac.uk/a.b.example/.

Files placed in the MyWebspace folder will count against your normal H: drive quota.

There are several ways to access your H: drive, both on-campus and off-campus, on a range of different devices, see here for details.

Authoring Web Pages

Web pages may be authored in a number of packages. Some people like to write HTML code by hand using a text editor. Others may use DreamWeaver (a licence for which must be purchased). Microsoft FrontPage is included in the MS Campus agreement and so is available at no further cost for most campus network users. FrontPage is available in IT Services labs. DreamWeaver may also be available in some locations. A number of other products are also available for authoring HTML.

We would not advise you write documents in MS Word or another document processing application, and then export to HTML format. The HTML produced is generally extremely verbose, badly-designed, not accessible, and will probably only work properly in Internet Explorer.

You may use either ".html" or ".htm" as the file extension for HTML web pages. The default page displayed from a folder (if no particular page within it is requested) would be "index.htm" or "index.html". No automatic listing of folders is performed if such file does not exist.