Create a personal site hosted by Google
As a result of the U-M Google collaboration, there
is now another, more modern way to set up a personal web page. Using your UM uniqname
and password, you may set up a "Google Site", which uses pre-built templates
to simplify the creation of web content. Such sites are available at URLs like:
There are built-in access controls for Google Sites, allowing you to restrict access to
the University of Michigan community, or even specific individuals or MCommunity groups.
You can also grant other UM users editing rights to such a site.
Google has documentation on that service at https://support.google.com/sites/
Create Your Own UM Web Page hosted on U of M servers
If you're more interested in coding your own HTML pages, rather than working for a template, steps to do so are detailed below, with
special instructions noted when necessary. The instructions for building a personal and group
home page via this service are very similar.
Many skills regarding the below technologies are
covered by ITS Workshops. Various topics are
available and cover topics such as HTML authoring
fundamentals, internet and web basics, graphics and
Before you begin, you will need:
A uniqname and password
Access to the ITS Login Service
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:
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.
- Log into the ITS login server: login.itd.umich.edu
using an ssh client (FTP clients and web browsers will
not work for this step) and execute the
Note: If you are working with a group space,
you may move to your group's directory by typing:
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 ITS'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 ITS
Login servers. To use the tutorial, log in to the ITS
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
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.
|your kerberos password
Not all clients understand the ~ (tilde) character, you may need to use:
(substituting the first letter(s) of the uniqname or group uniqname). Older group
home directories may live in directories named after a logical unit, eg, /afs/umich.edu/group/presoff/grpname.
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.
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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