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Home Directory Service

Web Publishing

You can easily publish and manage both personal and departmental Web spaces using the UVa Home Directory Service (HDS). Both require a UVa computing ID (e.g., mst3k), Eservices credentials, and a Home Directory Service account. You can publish Web pages without the need to use a UNIX account and you will have easy access to manage this Web space through the HDS.

You need an active connection to the UVa Network to access the Home Directory Service. If you are off Grounds, connect to the UVa Network by using the UVa Cisco VPN Client (choose UVa Anywhere profile), before attempting to connect to the UVa Home Directory Service.

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Web Pages

Personal Web Pages

The address for all Web pages created by individuals using the Home Directory Service (HDS) is http://www.people.virginia.edu/~YourID where YourID is your UVa Computing ID (e.g., mst3k).

Personal websites are actually hosted on home1.virginia.edu. The most efficient way to access your files depends on your operating system.

If you have previously created a Web page, connect to the Home Directory Service from your Windows or Macintosh system to edit the existing page or create new pages.

  • Windows: map a drive to the Home Directory Service. The proper address would be \\home1.virginia.edu\your_userid. The Home Directory service uses Eservices credentials for access. (Manage your Eservices account.)
    For more information about mapping a drive go to http://its.virginia.edu/homedir/winmap.html .
  • Mac: smb://home1.virginia.edu/your_userid as the path. This gets entered in the Go > Connect To Server window in the Finder.

If mapping a drive to your machine does not work, you may find the HDS Web interface to be the solution you need.

faculty.virginia.edu Web Pages

faculty.virginia.edu sites are hosted on home2.virginia.edu of the ITS Home Directory Service.

The most efficient way to access the files depends on your operating system:

  • Windows: map a drive to the Home Directory Service share. The proper address for the share would be \\home2.virginia.edu\WebHosts\faculty.virginia.edu\doc\your_last_name. (If you cannot find your faculty website under a URL ending with your last name, please contact ITS.) The Home Directory service uses Eservices credentials for access. (Manage your Eservices account.)
    For more information about mapping a drive go to http://its.virginia.edu/homedir/winmap.html .
  • Mac: smb://home2.virginia.edu/WebHosts/faculty.virginia.edu/doc/your_last_name as the path. This gets entered in the Go > Connect To Server window in the Finder. (If you cannot find your faculty website under a URL ending with your last name, please contact ITS.)

If mapping a drive to your machine does not work, you may find the HDS Web interface to be the solution you need.

Departmental Web Pages

Most departmental websites are hosted on home2.virginia.edu of the ITS Home Directory Service.

  • Virginia.edu sites: your path to a site is
    \\home2.virginia.edu\www.virginia.edu\sitename
  • Departmental sites: your path to a site is
    \\home2.virginia.edu\WebHosts\sitename (Windows and Mac) or
    \\home2.virginia.edu\www\sitename (Mac)

The most efficient way to access the files depends on your operating system; in Windows, map a drive, on a Mac use the Go > Connect To Server window in the Finder and make smb://home2.virginia.edu/www.virginia.edu/sitename or smb://home2.virginia.edu/www/sitename or smb://home2.virginia.edu/WebHosts/sitename the path.

If mapping a drive to your machine does not work, you may find the HDS Web interface to be the solution you need.

If you need help determining the path for a departmental or www.virginia.edu website, please contact the UVa Help Desk. ITS will not publish a list of the paths for departmental or University websites due to security reasons.

If you have questions about which directory you should use or how to name a departmental directory, please contact a departmental administrator, your Local Support Partner, or the UVa webmaster.

Creating the Content for a Page

Once you have logged into the Home Directory Service, use an editor or software (like Dreamweaver) to personalize the home.html (or departmental) file. Save the file when you are done. The UVa Web Development Support and ITS Web Publishing Support sites both have more information on how to create and structure your pages.

There are also Dreamweaver training classes; in the Dreamweaver Fundamentals workshop you can learn how to create and edit websites visually, set up a website, import and format text and images, use cascading style sheets (CSS), create hyperlinks and navigation bars, create and format tables, and publish your Web pages to a server.

After creating your file, you must upload it to the server.

Uploading the Page

Once you have created the Web page, you have to save it to your public (or departmental) Web directory. As an example, the public_html folder is used for storing the contents of a personal website. Anything you save to that folder will be accessible to anybody that can get to your website.

  1. Connect to the Home Directory Service using the Home Directory Login Utility. (See the page about Home Directory Service Connection Utilities for help with connecting).
  2. Open the public_html or departmental folder under your Home Directory.
  3. Open the folder where you have your Web page(s) saved that you wish to publish.
  4. Copy and paste the files you want to publish into the public_html or departmental folder.

You can also upload your file Using Dreamweaver.

Viewing the Web Page

You can view your published personal Web page at http://www.people.virginia.edu/~mst3k/pagename.html where mst3k is your UVa computing ID and pagename.html is the name of the file you are trying to access.

Faculty and departmental pages would be reached via an address like http://faculty.virginia.edu/Biol149/ or http://www.virginia.edu/biology/.

Setting File Permissions

You can allow others to access your files and directories. Use the online permission-setting Web page for HDS.

Note that since files and directories have different types of permissions, they are listed separately on the results page. In order for others to access one of your files, they need to be able to Access the directory and the file needs to be set to Public Read. For more information on how you might want to set file permissions, read a Short Guide to Home Directory File Permissions.

  Page Updated: Friday 2014-11-14 15:23:03 EST