Personal web pages

Publishing to personal web pages

Introduction - What are Personal Web Pages?

All users' personal file store space (M: drive) contain a directory called LJMUWeb. This folder and files within it are accessible via the internet. It is not possible to delete this folder, however, it is possible to create subfolders within the LJMUWEB area. If you don't want to have your files visible via the internet, then you should avoid using the LJMUWeb folder for file storage.

What should I use my Personal Web Pages for?

Personal web pages should not be used for making available teaching, corporate, faculty or departmental information. It is ideal for coursework or non corporate information.Users are responsible for the contents of any web pages published using this facility. LJMU will not monitor or otherwise censor Personal Web Pages, but will report any complaints, and potentially illegal activities to the appropriate authorities. In using this service, users agree to the Terms and Conditions of Use of the LJMU Web site

How do I create web pages?

A personal web page has the file extension .htm or .html and can be created using a number of applications available on the LJMU Network.

Microsoft Office applications

All Microsoft Office applications accessible via the LJMU network allow document to be saved as a web page.

To create a web page using a Microsoft Office application:

  • Click on File, Save As, Web page.
  • Enter a suitable filename and click on Save.
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver.

    Dreamweaver is a dedicated WYSIWYG web editor, with a significantly different user interface than a typical Microsoft product. It does however, allow more sophisticated pages to be created. Dreamweaver is available via:

    Start, JMUAppPlayer, Software Classification, Computing, Development Tools, Web Development, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5

     

    Further Information

    Further information on creating web pages is available via the comprehensive on line help files included with each of the applications, available from the Help option on the menu bar. Please note that it is NOT possible to run active server pages (ASP) on your Personal Web Pages.

    How do I access my pages via a web browser?

    Any information you want to make available via the internet should be placed within the LJMUWEB folder on your M: Drive.The URL for the pages will be as follows:

  • For staff: http://www.staff.ljmu.ac.uk/yourLJMUusername/
  • For students: http://www.student.ljmu.ac.uk/yourLJMUusername/
  • So, a student with the username ECLJSMIT would use the base URL http://www.student.ljmu.ac.uk/ECLJSMIT/ to view their web pages.

    Setting a default home page

    Personal Web Pages are configured so that the default "home page" is either welcome.htm, index.htm or default.htm This means that when the server receives a request for your web site via the URL http://www.student.ljmu.ac.uk/ECLJSMIT/ it will initially look for a file called welcome.htm. If one exists within your LJMUWEB folder then it will be displayed if no specific file name is given. If it doesn't exist, it will then search for index.htm and display this, if this does not exist, it will finally look for default.htm. If none of these filenames exist, the user will receive an error message.

    The Home Page for your site should allow the user to navigate his / her way through all of the pages created.

    Accessing a specific file within LJMUWEB

    To direct a user to a specific page in your site, for example information.htm, simply place the filename after your username thus: http://www.student.ljmu.ac.uk/ecljsmit/information.htm 

    Accessing a file within a subfolder

    The student ECLJSMIT may have a subfolder within their LJMUWEB folder called details. This subfolder contains further web pages, one of which may be called latestinfo.htm - The URL for this page would be http://www.student.ljmu.ac.uk/ecljsmit/details/latestinfo.htm 

    Accessing your PFS (M Drive) from Off Campus.

    Publishing web pages from outside the LJMU network is possible by connecting to your M Drive using the Off Campus Applications Service. To connect to your M Drive using this service:
  • Go to the Off Campus Applications login page
  • If you have never used Off Campus Applications before, you will need to download and install the Citrix Client. Full details on how to do this are available from the Off Campus Applications Help Pages
  • When you have installed the Citrix Client, return to the Off Campus Applications Login Page (if necessary), enter your username and password and click on Login
  • From the list of LJMU Applications, click on Utilities, Explore M Drive
  • After a short delay the ICA Client File Security dialog box will appear - click on Full Access and then OK
  • Your M Drive, together with any local disks on your PC will now be displayed in a Windows Explorer view.
  • Simply copy any files from your local drives to the LJMUWEB folder on your M Drive.
  • Alternatively, you are able to connect to your PFS (M Drive) from Off Campus using FTP - full details on FTP access are available here.

    Access Permission Problems.

    Problems with file permissions can occur if the they are created outside of the LJMUWEB folder, and then transferred into it. Typically, the following error message will be displayed by the web browser:

    "You are not authorized to view this page.
    You do not have permission to view this directory or page due to the access control list (ACL) that is configured for this resource on the Web server."

    To overcome these problems, we recommend the following procedures:

  • Whenever possible, create and save the files directly within the LJMUWEB folder
  • If the file has been created outside of the LJMUWEB folder, transfer the files using the Copy and Paste method. That is:
      1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the files to be
      2. Highlight the files
      3. Click on Edit, Copy
      4. Navigate to the LJMUWEB folder and click on Edit, Paste
      5. The files will be copied and should be accesible via a web browser
  • DO NOT delete, rename or attempt to recreate the LJMUWEB folder - it will not have the necessary access permissions required.

    Further advice on file permission problems can be obtained from you local learning resource centre.



  • Page last modified 11 March 2014.

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