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Student Web Pages

This is the Student Web Server for the College of Charleston. Any currently enrolled student may host their web site on this server. All content is bound by the terms of the Honor Code.

Using this Server

The server uses your COUGARS username. This is the same username and password used for email and many other College of Charleston services. SFTP is the protocol used when connecting to the College of Charleston Student Web Server. You're welcome to use any SFTP program, but we reccomend FileZilla

FileZilla

FileZilla is a free, Open Source, program which supports SFTP. It runs on Windows PCs, Apple Computers running OSX, and many other platforms.

Get filezilla

  • Many computers have fileZilla already installed. If you're on campus, you can probably skip down to the "Connect" step.
  • FileZilla is available for free from http://filezilla-project.org.
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  • Go there and click "Download FileZilla Client", select and download the reccomended package for your platform (windows, osx, linux, ...)
  • Run the installer, any default settings are probably fine.
Opening FileZilla in Windows

Connect to the server

  • Open FileZilla
    • This will vary from platform to platform.
  • Fill in the fields:
    • Host: sftp://students.cofc.edu
    • Username: your Cougars username
    • Password: your Cougars password
  • Click Quickconnect to connect to the Student Web Page Server
Loging in with FileZilla

Managing files

Filezilla folder view
  • The FileZilla window is split into two columns. The left column shows files on your computer, while the right column shows files on the server.
  • To upload a file:
    • First, navigate to that file in the "Local site" tree.
    • Next, make sure that you've selected the proper folder in "Remote site" (/home/COUGARS/username/www/)
    • Then, just drag and drop the file's you'd like onto the server.
Managing Files in FileZilla

Your webpage

  • Only files in the www folder will be visible on your website.
  • Be sure to create a file named index.html. It will be the first file anyone sees when they go to http://username.stu.cofc.edu/
  • You'll be automatically added to the Indexer a day after you create a file named index.html.
  • Filenames are cAsE sEnsITiVe
  • Make sure to also upload any images or other files you have used in your webpage.
  • The server supports PHP in files ending with .php and also supports cgi scripts ending with .cgi
  • For further questions, please contact StudentWebpage@cofc.edu
  • Dreamweaver

    Dreamweaver

    Dreamweaver is a common design suite. When setting up a new dreamweaver site for use with this server just choose FTP as the Access type, and make sure to select the "Use Secure FTP (SFTP)" option.