W6 Web Server Account

The first step to building a website is to get place to put your site.  All websites must be placed on a web server.  You can get a free web server account from UITS to hold your website.  These accounts are for departmental websites only. They are not available for personal websites. 

  • you will be storing sensitive inforamtion:
    • social security numbers
    • credit card numbers
    • student IDs
    • employe ID
  • you will be running an e-commerce website [even if you will not be sharing store credit card numbers].
  • Request a w6 Account
  • W6 Control Panel
    After requesting an account, you will receive a username & password to log into that account.  Click on the link above to access your account's Cpanel and log in using the username & password:

  • In the email from UITS, you should also see a "Temporary URL" or web address.  You will use this web address until you website is ready to "Go Live".  

    Bring up that web address in a web browser and you will get a Forbidden Error because there is not yet anything in that account.

Putting files your Web Server Account

Nothing is available over the web unless it is placed on a web server.   You can use CPanel's File Manager to move files from your computer to the web sever:

File Manager:

  • Click on the File Manager Icon and select:  Go
  • The File Manager will launch and should take you to the public_html subdirectory by default.  All web files must be placed within the public_html subdirectory in order to be viewable on the web

  • Select the icon New File:
  • Name the file:  index.html and select: Create New File
    Web browsers look for a file named:   index.htm, index.html, index.php
    This is how you name your default page or homepage.  Without it, your site visitors would need to type a name of a file after your web address.  Example:  http://website.arizona.edu/my-department-homepage.html  instead of just: http://websites.arizona.edu
  • Right click on the icon next to index.html to edit:
  • Select Edit:

  • Paste:
    <!doctype html>  
    <html lang="en"></html>   
    <title>My Webpage</title>  
    <h1>My Webpage</h1>
    <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.</p>
    <p>Abigo eligo et facilisis ideo lucidus magna quis verto voco. Abdo aptent illum in luctus molior nimis proprius uxor. Bene et gilvus iriure iusto patria vero ymo. Consectetuer damnum huic immitto luptatum mauris modo refoveo.</p>
  • Select: Save Changes

  • Refresh your website in the browser