Connecting to your personal (mysite.du.edu) website

Personal websites on the DU mysite server

Every current student, faculty and staff member is eligible for space on the mysite.du.edu web server. Personal Web sites are used for various non-commercial content — everything from class projects to galleries. If you are current student, faculty, or staff, you can request personal web space on mysite.du.edu.

Login and passwords for the DU mysite server

Your user name/login on the du.edu web server is a unique alpaha-numeric identifier that has up to 8 characters

  • If your DU email address is in the juser@du.edu format, your user name on the mysite server is the same as the first part of your email address before the @ sign.
  • If your email address is in the firstname.lastname@du.edu format, the firstname.lastname part of your email address will NOT work as your user name.

Your password for personal sites is the same passcode you use to log into webCentral. Please verify you can successfully login to webCentral before you attempt to connect to your mysite.

If you do not know your mysite user name or mysite password, call the UTS Help Desk (303.871.4700) between 8am and 5pm Monday - Friday.

Accessing your personal web space

You will need to use a file FTP client of your choosing. Your options include, but are not limited to, such clients as FileZilla, SmartFTP, DreamWeaver, etc. Please note that you will need to use a client that supports SFTP. FTP is no longer a supported protocol for file transfer to the mysite.du.edu webserver.

URLs for personal websites always take the following form:
http://mysite.du.edu/~username

To create a personal site, the pages must be published to the public_html folder that was automatically created in your personal directory (path) on the server. However, as you can see above, the public_html folder is not part of the URL of your site. The server has instructions to look in this folder for index.html or index.htm and deliver it as your home page.

SFTP setting for personal sites typically take the following form:

Protocol
SFTP*
Host or server
mysite.du.edu
Directory (Path)
/mysite/username/public_html/
User name/login
username
Password
DU passcode (same as used to log into webCentral)

Dreamweaver CS5 users: mysite sftp connection instructions
All other clients: please consult the documentation for your SFTP client to find out where you may enter in this information.

*Note that Secure FTP (SFTP) is file transfer over SSH (Secure Shell). FTP is no longer a supported protocol for file transfer to the mysite.du.edu web server.

Frequent Issues

  • DO NOT DELETE YOUR PUBLIC_HTML FOLDER - this is your home directory for your website.
  • Create an index.html page and upload it public_html: After successfully connecting to your site via your client, in order to see anything when you visit your mysite address you MUST publish an index.html file to the public_html directory in your site. This will be the page you see when you visit http://mysite.du.edu/~username.

    If you do not publish an index.html page to your public_html directory, you will get a "403 Forbidden" error message of some kind.

    Your public_html directory is what the public sees when visiting your mysite.du.edu/~username address. If you upload a folder (eg a folder called "site") that contains your index.html page to your public_html directory that you intend to be your home page, you will still get an error message when you visit http://mysite.du.edu/~username. This is because the index page is within the folder you just uploaded to your public_html directory on the server. If your index.html is in a folder called "site" and your index.html page is in that folder, you can view this page by going to http://mysite.du.edu/~username/site/index.html.
  • Knowing what your URL is: Alternatively, when you upload a file to your public_html folder, it will become publicly available at your mysite.du.edu/~username/ address (eg uploading document.pdf or home.html to your public_html directory will become available at mysite.du.edu/~username/document.pdf and mysite.du.edu/~username/home.html, respectively).
  • Quota restriction causes FTP errors: You can put up to 50MB in your mysite web directory. Once you reach this limit, you will no longer be able to FTP files. You can check your quota by going to webCentral, logging in and clicking "My Account" in the top right side of the page. From there you can view your quota on the "Web" tab.
  • Increasing Quota: If your site requires more space, you can request to increase your quota. Please make sure you don't have any assets you don't need for your website on the server as this takes up unnecessary space.

Password Protection

If you wish to password protect any portion of your mysite.du.edu site, please follow the "Password protecting your mysite.du.edu site" instructions.

Restrictions

Please review and follow the Acceptable Use Policy. And remember, no commercial activities are allowed on the mysite.du.edu server.