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Web hosting - Students

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University Systems offers a "build-your-own website" service that allows personal homepages for students on studentweb.uvic.ca. This web space can be used to host web pages, where owners can add and maintain content, as well as set permissions. All students are allotted 1 GB of disk space, to be used either for email or web space. All computing usage at UVic, including personal web spaces, are subject to policy IM7200. Review the studentweb.uvic.ca Terms of Service for further details.

All students with a primary NetLink ID have automatically been set up with a personal web space. The URL includes your personal NetLink ID: https://studentweb.uvic.ca/~NetLinkID.

To access your web space, ensure you have:

To add files to your web space, you will need to connect to the studentweb.uvic.ca server using an SFTP client. Once connected, documents that you want to display on your site should go in the www folder.

You may choose to restrict access to your website, since UVic websites are by default available to the public.

More information about creating web pages can be found on the UVic Communications website.

Uploading content to the studentweb.uvic.ca hosting service

1.  Ensure that you have downloaded a Secure File Transfer Client, such as Cyberduck.

2.  Launch the File Transfer Client by finding the program in the Start menu (Windows) or in the Finder (Mac).

Launch Cyberduck

3. The main application window will open, click the Open Connection.

Open Connection in Cyberduck

4. The Open Connection window will open. Enter the necessary information in the fields, located near the top of the window:

  • Connection Type: From the drop down menu, select SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol). 
  • Server: the server to which you'd like to connect. For Students, the server will be studentweb.uvic.ca.
  • Username: your login ID for the server. For studentweb.uvic.ca, your username would be your personal NetLink ID.
  • Password: your password for the server. For studentweb.uvic.ca, your password would be your NetLink ID password.
  • Port22 (22 is the SFTP port).

NOTE: Access to studentweb.uvic.ca is restricted to on campus and VPN networks only.

Click Connect

Cyberduck SFTP Connection Settings Student

4.  You will see a host key message, showing the fingerprint for the server to which you are trying to connect. For security reasons, ensure the displayed fingerprint matches the actual fingerprint of the server. Fingerprints for many host at UVic can be found here.

Host Key for studentweb.uvic.ca

If the pattern in the alert matches the pattern for your host, check the box that says Always to always trust this host, then click Allow.

Alternatively, you can deselect the checkbox and click Allow to trust this key only for the current session.

5.  The files and folders on the server should appear. From here, you will be able to view and transfer files.

Cyberduck SFTP studentweb.uvic.ca

Files and folders related to your web space should go in the www (live site) or www-dev (production site) folder.