Upload and View Your People Website

To upload Web pages created on your Mac or PC to the People Web server, use a Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) program. You can use Filezilla to transfer your files.

Connection Information

Server address/host: people.vcu.edu
Username: your VCU eID
Password: As set at go.vcu.edu/peopleaccount
Directory/path/remote site: /home/(your VCU eid)/public_html
Protocol: SFTP (not FTP)
Port: 22

If you're off-campus, you'll need to connect to the VCU virtual private network first. See http://go.vcu.edu/vpn for instructions on how to do so. If you're on campus, you'll need to connect to the VCU SafeNet Wireless (VCU Guest Wireless won't work).

Using Dreamweaver to Upload

You may use Adobe Dreamweaver to create, manage, and upload your Web pages. In addition to the connection information above, set the Host Directory to (public_html/). This allows you to "Get Files" and "Put Files" to the correct location on the server.

Dreamweaver Setup Tutorial

Using Filezilla

Please visit the FTP/SFTP Tutorial for more information on how to use Filezilla. The Connection Information above may be used in Filezilla to connect to your People website.

Viewing your Web Site

The URL address for your Web pages is http://www.people.vcu.edu/~eID/ where "eID" is your VCU eID. For example, someone with an eID of jsmith would have had an address of http://www.people.vcu.edu/~jsmith

Remember, in order for browsers to render HTML documents, the "filename" must end in ".html" (or .htm). If no filename exists, the browser looks for a file named index.html.

Resetting your People password

If you forget your password for the People server, you can reset your People password. After clicking the link, enter your VCU eID and password.  A form to reset your password for the People server will display.

Setting Permissions on your Documents

Your "home page" (the initial entry point to your Web site) should be named "index.html" to prevent people from looking at all documents in your Web directory without following specific links. 

NOTE: If you used a UNIX editor (such as jove or vi) to create Web pages then you must enter the command chmod 644 [filename] before you or anyone else can view it using the Web server. If you created your Web pages on your Mac or PC and used one of the above FTP programs, FrontPage, or Dreamweaver, then your file permissions will automatically be set properly.