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Publishing a Web Site CLID ONLY

What do I need to publish a web page?

  • CLID (username) and password.
    This is a legacy service, it is only available to users with an active CLID
  • SFTP or SSH software (such as WinSCP or PuTTY).
  • public_html directory within your UCS account.
  • Proper directory and file viewing permissions.

Uploading/Modifying/Managing your website files

Using your preferred SFTP/SSH client connect to the server: The server/host name is  Terminal numbers available include:

d1, d2, d4 through d15, d27 through d34, d36 through d38.

Where do I place my website files?

All files relating to your website must be placed in a special directory called public_html and should already exist. If you do not have this directory you will need to create it.

Warning: Anything put in here is accessible to anyone online.

How can I have a page show up automatically instead of a list of files?

By default, the server will show you a list of all the files in that folder. Rename the default page you want to index.html to create an “index” page. You can have a different index page for each directory that you create.

How do I set proper file and directory viewing permissions?

The method of setting permissions will vary from client to client. If you are using a graphical client this can normally be achieved by right clicking on the file or folder. On the command line this can be done with the the chmod command. The syntas is chmod permission filename (ie chmod 644 index.html)

The recommended permissions for folders is: 755
The recommended permissions for files is: 644

See below for a more detailed explanation of how permissions work.

How do I view my website?

Your personal web site can be access at (replace CLID with your CLID)

What is SFTP and SSH?

SFTP and SSH are secure protocols that allow you to access remote computers. SFTP is a secure replacement for FTP and SSH is a secure replacement for telnet.

Where can I get the necessary software to manage my website?

We recommend that you use the WinSCP utility to upload and manage your website.
You can also use PuTTY if you are comfortable using a command line client.

See our Free Software page to find other software.

What do those numbers mean in the permissions?

They are numerical representation of the basic permissions of a file or directory. The first number is the user permission, the second number is the default group permission, and the third is the permissions for everybody else.

Each of the catagories above have their own set of read, write, and execute permissions. You can determine the permissions by adding the values of those permissions together.


A value of 755 means that the user has read, write, and execute permissions. The default group and everyone else has read and execute permissions.

A value of 644 means that the user has read and write permissions. The default group and everyone else has read permissions.

Useful Commands

cd - used to change directories
pwd - Used to determine the present working directory. This will tell you where you are.
chmod - Change Mode. Used to adjust the permissions of a file/directory. Usage is: chmod permissions filename. See above for determining permissions.
ls - List files/directories.