How to Make a Personal Web Site on SCN

For registered SCN users only.

 

Creating a Web Site from the Login Menus

Dial up SCN's modem line, or login to scn.org over the Internet with telnet or SSH.

Pick "Work with Your Files" from the SCN main login menu.

Pick "Work with files in your personal Web directory."

Pick "Create a Personal Web site."

This runs a program that creates a Web site for you. The program automatically places a simple home page on the new site, with your SCN e-mail address and whatever name or nickname that you type at the program's prompt. As soon as you run the program, your page will be viewable over the Internet.

Your Web Address (URL)

The Web address of your new site is based on your username. If your e-mail address is username@scn.org, then your Web address will be:

http://www.scn.org/~username/

Your public_html Directory and Files

This creates a new subdirectory in your work directory, called work/public_html, and places two sample files in it. These files are:

index.html (your home page)
template.html (a copy of the above file)

Your Home Page and Other Pages

The Web server automatically looks for index.html as the name of your home page. On your home page, you can place links to other pages that you might make. All of your HTML pages should have a file extension of ".html" or ".htm". For example: picnic.html or rover.htm

Your Non-Web File Space

You can use up to 5 Mb of file space for all your files, including your Web, e-mail and other files.

All of your files, except your e-mail inbox and some configuration files, are in your work directory. You have access to the files in your work directory from the "Work with Your Files" menu that you see when you dial in or telnet to SCN.

If you type "go" (without the quotes) at SCN's FreePort command prompt you will see list of command line shortcuts such as "go upload" or "go download" or "go files" and so on.

Uploading Files to Your Web Site

To upload files, use a communications program that does Zmodem or Kermit file transfers. You can connect to SCN via direct dialup, telnet or SSH.

(SSH is available for encrypted secure communications. SCN supports SSH1 and the 3DES encryption standard. See OpenSSH.org.)

When you upload files to SCN, they are automatically put in your work directory. This is where all the files go that you upload, whether or not they are Web files. Files in your work directory are not visible on the Web.

To make your newly uploaded files visible on the Web, move them to your work/public_html subdirectory. Dial up or telnet to SCN, and see the "Work with Your Files" menu. Pick "Work with files in your personal Web directory."

Because of limitations in the FreePort software, you can't create further subdirectories in your work/public_html subdirectory. All of your Web files must stay together in that one subdirectory.

SCN doesn't offer FTP for general use, or a Web control panel to manage your files. Dialing in or connecting with telnet or SSH to use the login menus is the only way to upload files, move them to your public_html directory, or rename or delete files there.

Serving Files from Your Web Site

From your Web site, you can serve any graphics, multimedia, plugin or Java applet files that are transferred to and run on the user's browser (in other words, that don't require a special server on the host system to send them).

Software Tools

Our Web Design & Reference page includes links to some freeware and shareware HTML editors and other tools.

You can also download some of these from SCN. Log on to SCN and pick "Work with Your Files" from the main login menu. Then pick "Download Communications and Utility Programs".

Updated February 24th, 2003 - help@scn.org