Modifying Your Homepage at SCESCAPE:
Web pages on the Internet are written using the Hypertext Markup
Language, or HTML. HTML is a relatively simple scripting language, and
there are many sources you can turn to for learning HTML. Bookstores
sell HTML tutorials, and the Web itself offers sites on HTML. Check out
the Primer on writing HTML.
2) Your Homepage at SCESCAPE
Your homepage's address, or URL (Universal Resource Locater), is
(your username) is, of course, your username. For example:
This URL references a file on our server called:
This file is in a subdirectory of your home directory on our server:
If this information doesn't make a lot of sense right now, don't worry.
Just read on.
3) Editing your homepage
Remember, the source for your homepage exists on our server (computer),
so if you want to modify that source on your computer, you have to get it
to your computer. If you launch your web browser and go to your homepage,
the source for that page is in the index.html document on our server.
That source, 'code' is the HTML document that you want to modify.
When you are connected and have your home page displayed on your web
browser, you can use the 'view source' feature to view the html source of
your home page. You can cut and paste this source to a file on your
computer. You can then edit this file according to the guidelines of
HTML. There are many HTML editors available, but a simple text editor
(Notepad for PC, or Simpletext for Mac) will work fine. If you use a word
processor like MS Word, be sure that you save your document with a 'text
Some browsers, like Netscape, allow you to open a local (on your
computer) HTML document. This permits you to see what your modified
homepage will look like before you place it on our server.
4) Updating you homepage
Once you are happy with the changes you have made, you need to upload
(copy from your computer to our server) the document. The FTP (File
Transfer Protocol) is used for copying files across the Internet. We
reccommend WS-FTP for PCs and Fetch for Mac as FTP clients (client is a
fancy word for an application that uses the Internet).
Here's what to do:
- Establish your connection with SCESCAPE
- Launch the FTP client (WS-FTP, Fetch)
- Set the HOST to ftp.scescape.net
- Set the USER ID to your username and the PASSWORD to your account.
- When you connect you will be in your home directory on our server.
- Change Directories to public_html.
- Transfer your file as 'binary' (PC) or 'raw data' (MAC).
- Rename the file you transfered to our server to index.html
Things to remember:
-UNIX (the operating system of our server) is CASE SENSITIVE!
-Every HTML document you place on our server should be in the public_html
subdirectory, or a subdirectory therein.
-Every HTML document should have the complete .html extension in its
filename (i.e. index.html; links.html; resume.html; etc.)
You can edit your HTML files directly from UNIX using
the 'pico' text editor (i.e. 'pico index.html'). You can get help on line
for pico by typing 'man pico.' 'man' is short for manual and provides
help for most UNIX commands.
Please contact us if you need additional help.