Personal Webspace

Personal web pages are housed at www2.potsdam.edu

Information

Students and faculty have personal web space allocated to them on www2.potsdam.edu. This space is for personal use, subject only to the guidelines of the Acceptable Use Policy.

Uploading Webpages

Users upload their work via Helios. There is a folder called "web" in your Helios home directory. Any files placed inside this folder will be publicly accessible via the web. For example, if user jsmith copies a file called index.html into this folder, it will then be viewable at http://www2.potsdam.edu/jsmith/index.html.

Quotas

Your personal web space is an entirely separate quota from your helios home directory space and is limited to 50MB. Users will be warned if they exceed quota, and if action is not taken to free up space, they will be locked out of their web space.

You may check your quota anytime by visiting http://squirt.potsdam.edu.

If You Need More WWW2 Space

  • Students: a temporary increase in your quota will be granted with Faculty sponsorship.  Ask your professor to contact the Helpdesk and be sure they include your username with the request.
  • Faculty: Contact the Helpdesk to request an increase in your WWW2 quota.

WWW2 Additional Services

This page is a small listing, with descriptions and implementation notes, of services we offer users of the WWW2 webserver. Please don't abuse these services. We are doing our best to make your web hosting as painless and easy as possible, but may have to restrict or remove services that are being abused.

Index (default) Pages

If you create an HTML page in your webfolder called 'index.html' or 'default.html', that page will be what is displayed when someone just types in the base of your URL, for example 'http://www2.potsdam.edu/student00/' - Since no HTML page is specified, 'index.html' or 'default.html' is displayed instead.

Counters

You are free to use counters from anywhere on the Internet that do not require a banner or clickable link that generates revenue.

 

WWW2 also supplies a counter that can only be used on webpages linked off of WWW2. To use this counter, include an 'image' tag on your webpage like so:

<img src='http://www.cgi.potsdam.edu/counter.cgi?black,white,png'>

The above statement creates a counter that looks like this: www2counter

Please note the three items after the '?' -- The first is a foreground (text) color, the second is a background color, and the third is the graphic format. Available colors are black, white, red and blue, and available graphic formats are PNG or JPEG. All colors and graphic formats specified MUST be in lower case. If no values are specified, a black text, white background JPEG will be created. The graphic will be 100x15, and will accommodate up to 10 digits at this width. 200x15 is also available by request for counters up to 20 digits.

This is a very simple, fast, secure counter, and offers only elementary falsification protection.

Web-based E-mail Send Form

For web designers who want to design a webform that allows a visitor to send them an e-mail, we provide a custom webform. To use this form, you need to specify http://www.cgi.potsdam.edu/message.cgi in the "action" form area. You also need to specify at least the first 3 fields mentioned below - It is recommended that they are hidden fields, but you may do with them as you wish:

  • Destination -- The email address you want this e-mail to be sent to (yours)  
  • Sender -- The email address you want this e-mail to appear to be sent from - You cannot necessarily trust that a webform visitor will type in a real e-mail address, so it is recommended that you put something like "MY FORM USER" in this field.
  • Subject -- What do you want to appear in the subject header of the e-mail.  
  • Message -- This is a small blurb that will be inserted into every message sent from the webform. You may want to remind yourself that the e-mail is coming from a webform.
  • Bcc -- The Blind Carbon Copy field is optional, but expects a comma-separated list of e-mail addresses to send a copy of this e-mail to.

Any other form items you put on this form are okay (text boxes, checkboxes, radio buttons, etc.), and the results will be included in the e-mail when it is sent.

Case Sensitivity

Where possible, we've made URL's case insensitive, however in some personal web folders, the case of your filenames is important when creating links, embedding graphics, and distributing URLs. It is recommended that you keep all web-accessible filenames in all lower case for the best/easiest access.