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Creating your personal web page(s) at UCL

NB Your URL will be http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~xxxxxxx (your UCL UserID)

Web pages are written using HTML (Hyper Text MarkUp Language). This is the code that makes web pages appear as you see them in your browser e.g. Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc.

You can write HTML pages by typing the HTML code into a text editor such as Notepad and then saving the file as index.htm or index.html The files must have a .htm or .html extension for them to work.

There are software packages that allow you write and format HTML code in the same way that Microsoft Word allows you to write and format a Word document.

The package we have installed on the IS system, WTS, is Macromedia Dreamweaver 8. To open Dreamweaver log in to WTS and choose the Start button. Select Software A-Z and under D, choose Macromedia Dreamweaver 8.

If you need help, you can sign up for a Dreamweaver course and/or consult the online training materials available.

If you want your web pages to be hosted by UCL so that your URL or web address is http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucaaxxx (where ucaaxxx is your userid), you need to create a folder on the route of your Email-Unix T:\ drive called html.pub.
Only files saved in that folder can be viewed over the web. You need to have one file in that folder called index.htm. This will be the first page that you see when you go to the URL http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucaaxxx

Making your pages viewable to the world

Once you have created your web pages you will not be able to view them through your web browser until you have changed the permissions of the files. There are two ways you can do this:

Through WTS

In WTS you can run a program which will make your html pages viewable on the web (you must use Staff WTS 2000; this feature is not available in WTS 2010):

1.  Create your html.pub directory on your T:\ drive and save all of your html pages and graphics in this directory. You must ensure that your home page (the page you want to see first when you go to your website) is saved as index.htm
Now you need to change the permissions on these files.
2.  Go to the Start button and choose Programs > Software P-R > Publish Web Pages.
3.  Log in with your normal IS userid and password. This will run a program that will change the permissions of any files saved in the T:\html.pub directory, making them readable on the web at the URL http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucaaxxx (where ucaaxxx is your userid).

If you are not using WTS:

1.  Create your html.pub directory on your T:\ drive and save all of your html pages and graphics in this directory. You must ensure that your home page (the page you want to see first when you go to your website) is saved as index.htm
Now you need to change the permissions on these files.
2.  To do this connect to socrates.ucl.ac.uk and type: chmod a+rx . (make sure you type the full stop)
3.  Now type: chmod a+rx html.pub
4.  Now go into your html.pub directory by typing: cd html.pub
5.  You now need to change the permissions on all of the files within this directory.
To do this type: chmod a+rx filename
As a short cut you can type: chmod a+rx *.htm (this can be done for all file types).

You should now be able to reach your web page at the following address: http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucaaxxx

Page last modified on 22 mar 13 15:56