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Creating Web Pages
FAQ - Creating Web Pages
Your Web Presence
There are multiple ways to present yourself on the web:
- Official Faculty Bio - contact your Faculty Support delegate to create a Bio to display at http://www.olin.wustl.edu/facultyandresearch/Faculty. Official Olin Bios use a standard template
- Personal Web Page [Faculty] - build your own page, hire a student, work with your TA or any external vendor. Personal web pages are yours to do with as you wish. You can host on the web space delegated for you at Olin, or host on an external platform - whatever you like. Once complete, this page can be a hyperlink from your official Olin bio and will also be a stand-alone page. A standalong page hosted on your designated Olin space will have the URL http://apps.olin.wustl.edu/faculty/USERNAME
- Wherver you host it, to connect to your Personal web page from the Official bio, request a link via your Faculty Support representative.
- Olin-affiliated Student Organization - see Managing Club Web Pages at https://InsideOlin/StudentLife (loging to InsideOlin with your Olin credentials)
- Personal Web Page [Students] - build your own page, hire a friend, or any external vendor. Once complete, submit your link on the Show My Page form for students. Stand-alone URL in this format:
URL FORMAT: http://students.olin.wustl.edu/~username
- PHD STUDENTS ONLY - To connect to your Personal web page from the Official bio, request a link via your administrative representative.
- Personal Web Page [Staff] - build your own page, hire a friend, or any external vendor. Once complete, this page will be a stand-alone page with the URL format indicated above.
Web Files stored at OlinWhere are the files for my PERSONAL web page?
Short Answer: On your personal network drive, there is a www folder (U:\
initial\username\www). Navigate to YOUR folder on the U: drive (or use the shortcut mapped to M:)
Detail: Each Olin student is given several megabytes of disk storage space in their "network folder" (commonly called "the U drive").
Your network folder can be accessed in multiple ways:
(see Getting Started for more info on accessing and editing your pages)--Local Computers: M:\ (shortcut to u:\initial\
--Remote via FTP or via browser -- see Remote Access to Files for detail
Every Olin person has a WWW folder stored at m:\
(if you don't see it, contact HELPDESK@olin.wustl.edu)
How can people view my page?
- Create a default web page (default.htm, index.htm, default.aspx, etc) at the www root (NOT in a sub-folder)
- Ask for your site to be enabled by filling out the form
- --- ONCE REQUESTED/COMPLETE, THEN - you can share your URL with anyone you like - Visitors can access the web pages via the uniform resource locator (URL) in this format: http://students.olin.wustl.edu/~
username. SAMPLE: A student named John Smith with username smithjo would use the URL: http://students.olin.wustl.edu/~smithjo
- IMPORTANT--Be sure to retain the name
index.htmin the WWW root folder (not a sub-folder), or the page will not display with the URL above.
Visitors can access personal web pages after youAre there guidelines I should know about?
- create a HOME page at the www root
- STUDENTS ONLY -- ASK for your page to be enabled by filling out the Show My Page form. (Faculty and Staff should not use this form!!)
- Provide the visitor with your
You Are Using University resources and must abide by the University's Code of Conduct. Further, we remind you that it is unethical to use the University's resources for commercial gain. This includes selling ad space on your pages.
Web use is discussed in Washington University's Computer Use Policy as well as in Olin's Student Computing Handbook. Specific guidelines for files storage are also available for Online Storage
Olin's web server is an IIS server. You can create htm/html pages or asp/aspx pages.Regarding Copyrights
If you intend to post some content (graphics and/or text) on your page that you did not create, make sure that you receive permission to do so from the owner of the copyright on that work. If the copyright owner refuses to allow you to use their graphic on your site, respect their decision and find some other way to accomplish your design goal. Using a copyrighted image without permission is illegal, and the university has been threatened with legal action a number of times over this sort of thing.
For more in-depth information about copyrights and the Net, see The Copyright Website (or just do a search on your favorite search engine):
Your Own Web PagesGetting Started
index.htmfile to add text, graphics, photos, or links to other pages and sites. Create link pages as desired. You don't have to be a web designer or know html programming to accomplish this (although it wouldn't hurt to know at least a little bit about html before you venture into the land of html authoring tools).
IMPORTANT--Be sure to retain the HOME file
index.htm or default.html, or index.aspx, etcat the WWW ROOT folder AND submit the form to request your site to be enalbed -- or the URL will not work.
Edit your pages in one of several ways:
What editing tools should I use to edit web pages?
- From a PC in the Lab or in you office: While logged in to your own account, go to the M: drive (you can find it inside the My Computer icon). Your web pages reside in a subdirectory called WWW. Only files in your WWW directory can be seen on the web!
- Remote Access: Access your web page remotely for editing with Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator or an FTP client. Details are available at http://www.olin.wustl.edu/computing/help/remote/
For editing HTML, use any text processor (see HTML editor recommendations) or a WYSIWYG ("what-you-see-is-what-you-get") editor with which you are comfortable. If you opt to use one of the many available WYSIWYG editors or authoring tools, look for something that is made especially for web pages and that will let you view the html code so you can troubleshoot. (see WYSIWYG editor recommendations)Where can I learn more?
References and TutorialsMany on-line references and tutorials are available, Google for more information. Or see some of our favorites in the list below.
Tips and HintsThere is such a thing as badly written HTML! Once you start getting comfortable with the basics, check out our HTML Tips page, which shows you some common mistakes to avoid and has some advice on page construction.
View SourceA good way to learn HTML is to see how other people write their pages. Find a page you like and use your browser's View Source command to see the HTML source code behind it. It's a great way to (legally) steal ideas on how to make your pages better!