Personal Websites

Anyone with a campus 'w' account can create a personal webpage, accessible both on and off campus.

Important: Anyone using Wright State resources to store and/or serve web files must adhere to the Wright State Web Policy posted at

Create Your Home Page

A home page is the entry point to a website. It serves as an introduction to the site and, often, as a table of contents. You can create your home page with any number of web development tools, including an Automated Personal Page Service which creates a basic home page for you.

Whether you use the automated service, webpage creation software, or you write your own HTML code, use index.html or index.htm as the filename for your main webpage. Using any other name for your home page will prevent you from using the default URL (in the form of You will also not be indexed by the WSU search engine. Storing your webpages in any directory other than www will prevent them from being seen on the Internet.

Download and Install an SFTP Client

You must use an SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) client in order to upload web files to your WSU website. CaTS recommends using SSH (for Windows) or Fetch (for Mac), both of which are available for free on the ConnectWright website.

Post Your Homepage to the Web

Transfer your web files to the www subdirectory of your campus account:

  1. Open your SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) software and connect to, and login using your campus username (w123abc) and password.
  2. Change the remote directory to your www subdirectory.
  3. Transfer your home page files (and any associated image files) to this subdirectory. a. This process varies depending on the SFTP software used, but typically involves two windows, one showing files located on your computer, the other showing files on the web server. To transfer files, you will drag the files that you want to transfer from the local side to the www side.
  4. Close the SFTP session.

View Your Webpages On the Internet

Now that you have created your home page and posted it online, you can view it at your unique URL (Universal Resource Locator). Your URL is in the form of:

For example, if your email address is, your email name is smith.1 and your URL would be Note that this address is case sensitive, so /~Smith.1 will not work.

To view your pages:

  1. Open a web browser (i.e., Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari).
  2. In the Location (or Address) field, type your URL.
  3. Press Enter. Your home page should load and be viewable. If it is not, refer to section 6, Troubleshooting Your Website, for help.

Troubleshooting Your Website

If you find that your webpages are not loading or appearing the way you planned, maybe one of the following will help:

  • Do you have an active Internet connection? You may be offline. If you are on the campus network, this shouldn't be a problem. If you are connecting from off campus, you may have lost your connection to your Internet Service Provider.
  • Did you enter the correct web address into the location bar? Remember, your URL is case sensitive.
  • Did you put your web files in the www subdirectory?
  • If your images are not appearing, did you transfer them as well, and did you maintain casesensitivity? Try resending them, or editing your HTML code.
  • Is your HTML correct? Did you use closing tags where they are needed? Are there quotes or brackets missing from any of the code?

If none of the tips listed resolve your problem, call the Help Desk at 775-4827, or email


HTML (Hypertext Mark-Up Language) and web publishing are widely supported by WSU.

  • Free tutorials and getting started guides can be found online. A simple search should reveal many helpful sites.

If you are experiencing difficulties, contact the Help Desk by calling 775-4827, by sending email to, or by visiting 025 Library Annex.