Site Maintenance

The information below applies to official sites stored on the HSU web server at www.humboldt.edu.

File Names & Locations

All sites stored on the user web server will have the URL of humboldt.edu.

You should always name your home page index.html, as this is the name web browsers look for by default when a user or a link points to your web site.

File Permissions and Access

Files in your public_html folder are visible to anyone on the Internet. If you want or need to keep some files private, you should change the access permission levels for those files. Conversely, if you experience problems viewing your page - such as receiving a "Forbidden" message - you will also need to change the permission settings on your directories and files.

These resources provide useful information on setting file permissions
http://www.networksolutions.com/support/how-to-change-file-or-directory-permissions-via-ftp/
http://www.elated.com/articles/understanding-permissions/
http://support.hostgator.com/articles/cpanel/how-to-change-permissions-chmod-of-a-file

NOTE: It is especially important that you NEVER make any file containing a password to a database, such as a configuration file, universally readable. You should also never give "Other" or "Everyone" permission to write to a file or folder unless you have a specific reason to do so and you understand what the implications of this can be.

Setting permissions can be a complex task. If you're confused or experience problems, contact the Technology Help Desk at (707) 826-HELP (4357), send an email, or stop by Library 101.

Assign Additional Developers

You can also add more developers to work on your site by doing the following.

  1. Log in to myHumboldt

  2. Select Account Settings

  3. Select the Requests tab

  4. Select the Request Access tab

  5. Section 1 - Select a user

    1. In the Search: field type in the HSU User Name or HSU ID of the person you would like to add as a Developer.

    2. Click to select the user

  6. Section 2 - Select resources and permissions

    1. System: Select Official website

    2. Request: Select Add a developer

    3. Locate the site you want. You can click on the Name heading to change the sort order. If you prefer to search for the site name, select Search in the System drop down.

    4. Place a check next to the site where you would like to add the user as a Developer

    5. Click Continue

    6. Specify the access period. Enter End date or check Permanent

  7. Section 4 - Click Submit Request

  8. Click Close

Connect using SFTP to the Central Web server at www2.humboldt.edu using your HSU User Name and Password.