Creating a Faculty Web Page

I. The simplest and recommended way to create your own webpage:

Use your FAUNetID account and your "M: drive." Follow the instructions online. Once you create a file such as a homepage or syllabus in the "web" folder of the M: drive and you want a link to it to appear in an appropriate place on the Honors College website, contact the webmaster and provide the URL of the file.


II. The other way to create webpages (more complicated).

1. You must request a WISE server account through the help desk. You will be maintaining only new pages (the ones you create), not existing pages, at the following location: (the location on the server is

2. You must use a secure connection to upload files to the server. You will need to download and install the required software (a "secure FTP" program) which you can get here.

3. You should receive notification from Boca of your web account information. It will consist of a userid and a temporary password. The directory where you will store your web pages should be /export/home/youruserid/www. Check with the helpdesk for instructions on setting your password.

4. Uploading your files using SSH

  1. Using the SSH secure file transfer program, create a profile:
    • Host name is
    • Remote host should be "/export/home/youruserid/www" - this is the directory on FAU's server where your files will be stored.
    Using a browser, one finds the pages you store here by typing (or
  2. Whenever you create a web page you wish to upload, save it in the folder you designate on your hard drive. To upload it, simply follow the instructions for SSH: you can drag, or right click and use the popup window. If you create sub-folders in the remote directory, be sure that you upload your page to the sub-folder you want it to be in.
  3. You now must set permissions. The file you uploaded to the remote directory is there, but no one can see it until you grant people permission to read the file:
    • In SSH, right click the mouse over the file for which you want to set permissions. A pop-up menu appears. Select "Properties"
    • Check read, write, execute for the Owner (you); and read and execute for Group and Other.
      Never check "write" for other because this would let anyone write over your web pages.
      But if you don't check read/execute for Other, no one can read your web page.
    • If you create a folder or sub-folder on the remote directory you need to set permissions for it, too.
    You only need to set permissions the first time you upload a page or create a folder. Whenever you revise a page there is no need to do this.
  4. You should now be able to view your web page.
  5. You should call your home page "index.php". You should upload index.php to /export/home/youruserid/www. A common mistake is to put it in the wrong place (eg you put it in /home/youruserid, rather than /home/userid/www). After uploading index.php, you can find it in a web browser by typing the URL "". The file "index.php" is automatically retrieved.
  6. Structuring your remote folder:
    Suppose you have web pages for multiple courses. One suggestion is to create a folder for each course in your c:\html directory on your hardrive, as well as on your remote directory. FAU REQUIRES THAT ALL URL'S FOR COURSES BE IN LOWER CASES so be sure to do this. Use "pos1041" not "Pos1041," for example. Call your syllabus for the course "index.php" and put it in the folder for the course. Then students type "" and the syllabus will appear.
  7. Once you have a home page, email the webmaster the URL addresses and a link to it will be put on the Honors college web site.

Last Modified 11/8/16