Anyone having an account at
DICT can set up a personal website. You need to do the
1. Create your website files. The start page gets the name
index.html (case sensitive).
For the creation of a website several possibilities exist, all
well described in several tutorials you can find on the internet.
To publish webpages on one of our servers, the following
requirements need to be kept in mind:
As the webserver is a Unix-server, filenames are
case-sensitive. This means that the file Index.html is a
different file from index.html. Bear this in mind when creating
your own website.
Attention: if you enter a name other than index.html for the home page, then, when navigating to the
above URL, a list of all files in the directory will be displayed, which is not desirable.
2. Transferring the files to your web space (your "WWW folder" on the web server)
You can transfer the website you just created to the server, by copying the files to your web space.
To learn how you can connect to ("mount") a network drive, please consult "Mounting network drives".
Copying files from your local computer to a network drive is analogous to copying files between two folders on the same computer.
The web space is located on webhost.
The web space is also available via files.
When mounting the web space, you access the WWW directory.
Please note that if you wish to update your website from home, you need to have access to your web space.
There are 2 ways to do this:
or you first establish a VPN connection and then you mount the network drive.
3. Test your website
If you have created an index.html file and transferred it to
the web space, then you can have a look at your website. Surf to http://users.UGent.be/~loginname.
4. Useful information
When creating and publishing your website, the
permissions are set correctly by default. This is the
setting that describes what eduserv or webhost users have access
to your files. For HTML-files this is 644: read and write access
for the owner of the file and read access for all others. When
using scripts, you need to alter the permissions, so the files
are executable. In most cases, they need to be set to readable as
well (e.g. 755 read, write and execute for the owner of the file
and read and execute for all others).
Extras available on webhost: Scripts: php (up to
version 4.3.10-15) and perl, python, shell scripts and linux
binaries can be used via cgi.
Other server-side technologies can not be enabled (so, no
server-side java, asp etc.). Client-side technologies, such as
normally because these are not linked to the server and will be
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!