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Creating your own web pages at UCL

NB Your URL is going to be: http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucaaxxx

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 (Firefox or Internet Explorer).

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.

Software to help you create web pages

You can use a web authoring tool called Dreamweaver to help you write your web pages. Dreamweaver is installed and available via Cluster WTS.

To access Dreamweaver in Cluster WTS, login (with your UCL userid and password) and go to:

Start > Software A-Z > Dreamweaver.

Need help?

If you need help, you can sign up for a Dreamweaver course and/or consult the online training materials available. See the student training web pages for more details:

Prepare to publish your web pages

You can publish your web pages to your personal UCL web space (Homepages).

To do this:

  • Create a new folder in the root of your Email-Unix T: drive called html.pub
Note: You need to log in to WTS to view your T: drive and create the new folder.
  • Move all of your web pages and images into the html.pub folder.
  • Ensure that you have a file in the html.pub folder called index.htm or index.html. This is the first page that people will see when they go to your home page.

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:

Publish your web pages

1. Through WTS

In WTS you can run a program which will make your html pages viewable on the web (ensure that you have followed the steps under 'Prepare to publish your web pages' first)

  • Go to the Start button and choose Programs > Software P-R > Publish Web Pages

  • Log in with your UCL 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.

Done all that? Now view your home page at:

http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucaaxxx


(be sure to substitute ucaaxxx with your own userid!)

2. If you are not using WTS:

Ensure that you have followed the steps under 'Prepare to publish your web pages' first.

  • Connect to socrates.ucl.ac.uk and type: chmod a+rx . (make sure you type the full stop)
  • Now type: chmod a+rx html.pub

  • Now go into your html.pub directory by typing: cd html.pub

  • 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)

Done that? Now view your home page at:

http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucaaxxx


(be sure to substitute ucaaxxx with your own userid!)