Webhosting by DICT

Webhosting by DICT (for a lab, research group, congress etc...)

For staff, DICT offers, next to the possibility to host a personal website on webhost, also the possibility to host a website for entities like labs, research groups, congresses etc...
For a faculty department website we recommend the UGent portal site.

The difference with a personal website is the offered possibility to maintain the site easily with several users. Also, a shortened URL is given, like www.dentistry.UGent.be

What's offered?

  • On webhost, we offer a networkdrive, also known as a share, you can mount on your own computer and use. So, next to your c:-drive and possible D:-drive, you have than, for instance a W:-drive for your website. Your webpages, created on your own computer, can be simply set on-line by copying your html-files to that networkdrive.
  • The networkdrive can be mounted and used by several users - appointed by the contact person. So, the website files can be edited by each given user.
  • The available space on this networkdrive is 1 GB.
  • With the networkdrive, also a shortened URL is given. This has the form www.chosenname.UGent.be In this, the 'chosenname' is the name of your faculty department, lab, research group or congress. This shortened URL has to comply with a few requirements.

What's the information we need?

  • You mention the desired shortened URL (www.chosenname.UGent.be).
    The requirements and restrictions this URL has to comply with:
    • The URL always ends with .UGent.be
    • Only 1 shortened URL can be obtained with a network drive.
    • Only charachters, figures and the "-" sign are accepted, but the chosenname always starts with a charachter.
    • The chosenname has 25 charachters maximum.
    • The shortened URL can not already exist. You can check this by surfing to the desired name.
    • The chosen name has to be clear and must reflect the content.
    So, choose a short name. The URL has to be easy to type, without too much chance on typing-errors, also by those having a different native language. In URLs, words usualy are stuck to one another (typed without a space). The use of the "-" sign has to be avoided.
    Mind to choose a name clear and specific enough. The URL can be used with upper- and lower case, at choice.
  • You mention a short description of the webshare. Also, mention, when using an abbreviation, the meaning of the shortening.
  • Who has to get access to the networkdrive or share? In other words, who gets permission to edit the website? Only staff and 3rd cycle students can come in consideration for this.

How to apply?

  • To apply for this networkshare and matching shortened URL, a webform (in dutch) can be used. Logging in with login name and central password is required.

How to use?

  • After verification of the data, the webspace is, when all data is correct, created. The applicant receives an e-mail from the helpdesk with the next info. The sharename is assigned by DICT and is a unique name that has to be used when mounting the networkdrive.
    Shortened URL: www.chosenname.UGent.be (also without www.)
    Sharename: \\files.ugent.be\login name
    Admitted users: 
    loginname and name of the admitted user(s).
  • Mount the networkdrive \\webhost\sharename on your own computer, e.g. as W:-drive (W for website). This can be done by each of the appointed users. More info on mounting.
  • Create your website (html-files) and copy it to the networkdrive (e.g. the W:-drive) The file index.html is the startpage and is displayed when entering the shortened URL in your webbrowser. At the creation of the webspace, a temporar index.html was created by us.
  • Test the shortened URL and when all is OK, the new URL can be made public.

Extras and remarks

  • It is possible to migrate an 'own webserver' to 'webhosting by DICT' with preservation of the current URL in the form http://name.ugent.be (so, without www.)
  • If at the moment, the website of the faculty department, lab... is placed under your own account, than, it is simple to transfer it to the requested networkdrive. On your own computer, mount both your personal networkdrive (e.g. H:-drive) and the new networkdrive for the website of the website of the faculty department, lab,... (e.g. W:-drive). On your own computer, you can drag the files from one networkdrive to the other to move your website.
    If, in addition, you desire the old page to switch automatically to the new one, than you can place a redirect-page as start- and only page on your old website. This page has to be named index.html and you have to give it the following content, in which obviously the correct new address has to be mentioned.
    <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="3;URL=http://www.thename.UGent.be/">
    <h3>Our website is moved</h3>
    Within a few seconds you'll be redirected to our new site. 
    Please, edit your bookmarks to the new address.
    <a href="http://www.thename.UGent.be/">http://www.thename.UGent.be/</a>.
  • If you desire to use scripts on this share, you'll possibly have to be able to change permissions of files.
  • For interactive access to personal and shared web space: a server with the name webssh.ugent.be was set up. See: Interactive login - Access to central disk space.
  • The use of cgi scripts is possible, but don't use any scripts of which you don't fully understand the function. We will not be able to help you with any scripts if you don't understand them yourself.
  • We would like to warn you for (statistics) tools which generate ads, which is not according the rules of proper use!