Frequently Asked Questions
like a website, where do I start?
step in obtaining a website is to make sure you are registered with
homepages.wmich.edu. To do this, you will need to know your Bronco NetID
and password. Then, go
to our Getting Started page.
if I don't remember my Bronco NetID and password?
contact the IT Help Desk at (269) 387-4357, option 1.
I have to register?
sets up your account on the Web server and grants
the proper permissions. If you do not register, even if you have
created a www folder and .html files, they will not be viewable.
have registered, what is my website address?
that registers with homepages has a Web address in this format:
http://homepages.wmich.edu/~BroncoNetID where BroncoNetID is your username,
now how do I access my website?
to the site are prohibited. You create your pages on your
own computer and then you must use some type of file transfer protocol
(FTP) to upload the pages to your space on the homepages Web server. The FTP address is homepages.wmich.edu and your login is via your Bronco NetID username and password.
I chose to have your template copied to my area, now how do I edit it?
may browse to the page on your site and then click on File > Save
As to save it to your computer as index-template.html. Then you
may open it using a Web software, or even Microsoft Word, make
your changes and save it. Finally upload the file back to your
server area using an FTP program.
How much space do I get and can I
By default, faculty and staff are allocated 150 MB for Web page storage and 100 MB for file storage. Faculty and staff may manage their Bronco NetID quotas in the My Self Service channel in GoWMU. The Adjust My Disk Quotas link allows adjustments to the default quota values up to a combined maximum of 1 GB.
can I find information about creating my own pages?
links and information about creating pages may be found on the Getting
am I allowed to do on my page?
the Rules and Policies pages for answers to this question.
do I use to create a page?
way to create your own Web page is to use a software package such
as Adobe Dreamweaver (the recommended and supported product
at WMU). You may also use Netscape Composer and Microsoft Word
(save as Web Page). There is also a free alternative to Dreamweaver, NVU (n-view), which may be downloaded and used for free. Although you may be able to obtain assistance with its use, it is considered non-supported and use at your own risk. See the NVU How To.
use Microsoft FrontPage?
You should not use FrontPage as it may cause problems when you upload your site. We have seen entire sites wiped out by a FrontPage upload. The recommended and supported package at WMU is Adobe
created pages on my
computer, how do I get them to the homepages server?
use the file transfer protocol (FTP) program with which you are most
comfortable. Dreamweaver and NVU have a built-in FTP program but a free FTP client may
getting FTP errors when I try to upload my pages. What's wrong?
possible you are using an ISP which does not reverse map and the
homepages server is not allowing the connection to be made for security
purposes. If you have ftp errors, the fastest way to obtain a solution
is to contact the OIT Help Desk by telephone at 387-HELP. You could
also send e-mail but chances are likely that the Help Desk will need
additional information from you and you could spend several days
e-mailing back and forth before it is resolved.
am looking for someone's page, how do I find it?
the A-Z listing found at homepages.wmich.edu.
don't I show up in
the A-Z listing?
has been more than 24 hours since you registered for homepages and
you still do not show up, you probably chose not to be listed at
the time of your registration. Go here to change your settings.
I try to view my pages, all I see are file folders and document icons.
looks for a file called index.html or index.htm. If it does not find
that file, it displays only a listing of the files in your Web area.
Renaming your main page, index.html should solve the problem.
my page and loaded it but all I see is your template page. Why?
Your page must be named index.html or index.htm. If the server does
not find a file with either of those names, and you chose to have the
template copied over when you registered for homepages, the server
will display the template. Renaming your main page index.html and reloading
it should solve the problem.
Web pages on another server, can I move them?
download the files from the first server to your computer and then
you can upload them to the homepages server.
use CGI scripts on my pages?
may not write CGI scripts on the homepages server, however, some
scripts are available that you may use on your pages. See the Help Desk "Web How To's" for more information.
the homepages Web server support Flash?
Yes, the homepages server
does support Flash.
Sorry, neither is available.
the server support active server pages?
active server pages (ASP, PHP) are not supported.
have streaming video on my site?
resources are not available at this time to allow streaming
video from the homepages server. You may add movie
if they are small enough to fit into your Web space. For course-related activities, faculty members may also contact IT's media services unit to see what options are available.
Do I have access to MySQL or PostgreSQL or any other database servers?
Sorry, database resources are not available from homepages.
telnet my pages?
telnet is not available on the homepages server.
Are backups made of my files in case I inadvertantly overwrite a page?
You are responsible for the back up or archival of your own pages and files.
I no longer want my site, how do I remove it?
You may either FTP to the site and delete all your files manually, or you may use the Delete your website link on the Account Maintenance page.
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