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Create Your Own UM Web Page

The instructions for building a personal and group home page are very similar. Both are detailed here with special instructions noted when necessary.

Many skills regarding the below technologies are covered by ITCS Workshops. Various topics are available and cover topics such as HTML authoring fundamentals, internet and web basics, graphics and database management.

Before you begin, you will need:

  1. A uniqname and password
  2. Access to the ITCS Login Service
  3. An IFS home or group directory

    Group home directories are best suited for sites where more than one user should have access to edit web content (eg, departments, research groups, student organizations, etc). For more information or to request a directory, see this page. After you receive confirmation that the directory has been created, proceed to the following step.

Create your web space directory:


  1. Visit the make webspace tool. This will create the necessary directories and permissions for web publishing as needed. It will also create an example web page to help you get started.
  2. Log into the ITCS login server: login.itd.umich.edu using an ssh client (FTP clients and web browsers will not work for this step) and execute the "~umweb/bin/make-webspace" command.

Note: If you are working with a group space, you may move to your group's directory by typing:

cd ~groupname

Build your webpage:

A primer on HTML, the language you will use to write your home page, and a number of HTML composition tools are available.

If you need help with UNIX text editors, refer to ITCS's QuickNotes Using the Unix Text Editor vi and Using the Unix Text Editor Pico. There is also a tutorial on vi available on the ITCS Login servers. To use the tutorial, log in to the ITCS Login servers and type:


The default file that is read when viewing your webpage is called:


Publish your webpage:

If you have been using a UNIX text editor and have been working inside your webspace, your work should be ready for viewing.

Otherwise, you may need to connect to the file servers via the Secure File Transfer Protocol and upload your files. The following table gives you the pieces of information that all web editors and sftp clients will require; you will need to consult your documentation for instructions specific to the tool you are using.

Server Name:



your uniqname


your kerberos password



In the paths above, you must substitute the first letter of your uniqname for "u", the second letter of your uniqname for "n", and finally, your uniqname for "uniqname". Similarly, for an AFS group directory, use the first letter of the group for "g", and the actual name of the group in place of "groupname".

View your webpage:

Using a web browser, visit the appropriate URL:


If you have just created an IFS home or group directory, it may take 24 hours for your home page to show up on the Web servers.

Special Services:

If your web page is for an official UM school, college, department, or organization, you may be able to get your own URL in a form similar to:


If this is interesting to you, read more about our web Hosting service. Creation ( and web hosting ) of these domain names must meet the rules in SPG sections 601.15 and 601.15-1. We are not able to make exceptions to this University-wide policy.


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