Web :: Activating & Using Your Web Server Account

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All Humboldt State University students, faculty and staff are automatically provided with an account on the local campus web server to host individual and faculty course websites; the account is valid for the entire time they are associated with HSU. To ensure that all HSU-hosted websites are accessible to the entire campus community, site owners are required to take a short survey and, depending on ttheir role, undertake Accessibility Training Initiative (ATI) training before their account is activated.

Activating Your Site

To start the account activation process, follow these steps.

  1. Log into the Account Center
  2. Click the "Account Tools" tab
  3. Click “Enable/Manage Your Personal HSU Web Account and Google Tools”
  4. Click “Request Personal Web Account and Activate Google Sites, Picasa, and Google+”
  5. Select Account Alias and complete the ATI Survey to request your account.

Setting Up Your Site

To upload content to your site, you can use either secure FTP (SFTP) or Network Folders, HSU’s remote-access central file storage system for all current students, staff and faculty. Your web site files should be stored in the public_html folder. 

More about uploading content

Site development and management tools

Note the following changes from earlier systems:

  • Newer software versions (Apache 2.2, MySQL 5, PHP 5) are now supported
  • The use of tildes has been eliminated from URLs
  • CGI scripts, including perl, are no longer supported.

Adding MySQL to Your Site

  1. Log into the Account Center
  2. Click the "Account Tools" tab
  3. Click “Enable/Manage Your Personal HSU Web Account and Google Tools”
  4. Click “Request MySQL Account”
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not make any file that contains a password to a database, such as a config file, "world readable".

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