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The Purpose of the index.html Page

Each folder or Web site should have a default web file in it named index.html. The web server on Central UNIX looks for this file by default if no other file is specified. If this file does not exist, the webserver will display a list of all of the files within the specified folder.

For example: the web address www.calpoly.edu/~jdoe/ keyed into your web browser causes the webserver to look for the default file index.html. If this file doesn't exist, the webserver will display a list of files in jdoe's public_html web folder. The web address www.calpoly.edu/~jdoe/resume.html causes the webserver to look for the file named resume.html.

NOTE: if you prefer to have the webserver display a listing of the files contained in your web folder you must delete the default index.html file.

In general, web pages created for the web must be formatted using a language called HTML (HyperText Markup Language) in order for a Web browser to properly read them.

File Names

UNIX is case-sensitive concerning file names. It is recommended that you use only lower case characters when naming Web files intended to be published on Central UNIX. Also, space are not allowed on Central UNIX. Use underscores to provide spaces. (ex. "multiple_word_file.file")

Logging into your Central UNIX account using Telnet
Occasionally you may need to log into your Central UNIX account to perform various tasks such as running websetup or manipulating a file or folder. You can read more here: Uploading to Central UNIX

File/Folder Permissions

Setting file and folder (directory) permissions on your UNIX account is made easy using websetup. You can also set permissions on files and folders manually by logging into your account. The Basic UNIX Commands For Web Work document provides the commands you will need to set permissions.

UNIX commands on Central UNIX
Use Basic UNIX Commands For Web Work to assist you with manually editing web files and folders in your Central UNIX account.

ITS does not provide assistance for using the command-line interface of Central UNIX.

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