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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

Web publishing

Personal web pages

This section provides information about various University policies relating to publishing of 'non-official' (personal or society) pages on the University web server (including for example, guidelines for making your pages accessible, the use of counters, and the use of cgi scripts.

By default you have access to a public_html folder on your J: drive, this is where you will store the files and folders associated with your web site. It is advisable that you create separate folders for different elements of your page for example, images (to include all the pictures used in your site) and resources (to include for example, word documents)

Your site is live from the moment you create a .html file in your public_html folder, and it can be accessed by anyone from anywhere in the world. The URL of the site will be:
with f.a.bloggs being substituted by your own mailname. You should also note that your web site is listed in the online phone book.

When you create an index.html page in your public_html folder on your J:\drive, by default your page will be visible when you type the web address (as above) in a browser using your mailname. If you do not create an index.html page visitors will be able to view a list of the directories in your public_html folder, therefore it is advisable to create an index.html page.

Local utilities

Restricting access to your pages
WWW access logs in Durham
Finding out which of your WWW pages are inaccessible (dead links)
Creating forms
What to do if your home page becomes inaccessible
Customised error pages

Accessibility tools


WWW publishing software
Maths on the web

Database driven pages

Database driven pages on the University web server are created using the PHP scripting language, and MySQL databases.