Storing web pages

Web pages, images, audio clips and any other items you wish to make available on your home page are stored underneath your home directory, in a subdirectory called "public_html".

To create this directory from a shell prompt, you need to execute the following commands:

Alternatively, you can use your favourite FTP client to create the directory. This is not, however, covered in this document because there are simply too many FTP clients available.

Setting security permissions

You need to set the file permissions to your home directory, to allow the web server to read your pages. Without this, users will simply get "403 Permission Denied" error messages if they look up your home page.

Here is a short guide to the steps you need to take to ensure that the web server has the minimum access rights to your web pages:

Again, these permissions can be set using your favourite FTP client and the SITE CHMOD command, but this is not supported.

Other options available

If you do not want your web pages to show up in the publicly-available listing, all you need to do is create a file called .private_html inside your HTML directory. There are a number of ways of achieving this:

Experimental services...

The following service was in operation on hilly in September 1997. If there is sufficient demand for it, it may be reintroduced:

Page last updated 2001-06-24 by JMH