How to Update your Web Site
Note: The following applies to you only if you have a personal (or lab) web
page at http://www.physiology.wisc.edu/ or at http://www.neurophys.wisc.edu/.
If you are not sure, or would like to create one, please contact Ravi.
Typically, this means that your web site is at the address
http://www.physiology.wisc.edu/xxxx/ or at
http://www.neurophys.wisc.edu/xxxx/ where xxxx is (usually) your username
for logging in (the same as your e-mail username).
The trailing slash is usually (not always) required.
The following are some guidelines:
- Use a filename of INDEX.HTML (or index.htm) for your starting
page. This is the default file that will be displayed when someone
enters the URL for your page. INDEX.HTMLX is not acceptable.
- Files other than the starting page can have the extension .HTML
or .HTM (for html files). Images should be .JPG or .GIF
- File names can be upper or lower case, the server ignores case in
- File names should not contain spaces or other reserved characters
such as commas, math symbols etc.
It is best to use only alphabetic (i.e. a to z) and numeric
(i.e. 0 to 9) characters along with dashes or underscores, plus
no more than one dot (for the extension, such as html or jpg)
- Anything on your web site is available to anyone, anywhere, with
a web browser, so please don't place personal files there.
- It is possible to create and use sub-folders within your main
For example, you can create a folder named PHOTOS in your WWW directory
(using FTP, see below).
If there is a file named PIC1.JPG within this folder, it will be
available on the web as
where xxxx is your username (or lab name).
- If you need more than about 15 Mbytes of space for your web site
please contact Ravi.
To update your web site, first create the html file (or image files)
on your local PC or Mac, then upload to the server as follows:
- Use the FTP (or Fetch) program and connect to "ftp.physiology.wisc.edu"
For "Host Type" select "Microsoft NT"
and for username enter your own username (the same as for e-mail, or your lab website username).
When prompted, enter your password (same as for email).
(Note: in some cases the username and password may be different
than for e-mail, and may be your lab name).
- You can now transfer files to/from your local PC/Mac to the remote
FTP server. Be careful of the direction of transfer, or you can end
up with the old version replacing the new.
- Use "Ascii" mode transfer for .HTML or .HTM files, and "Binary" mode
for most other files (including .GIF, .JPG, .PDF etc.)
- Your updated files are immediately accessible via the web once
transferred by FTP, so do verify that they look OK by running a
web browser and connecting to your web page.
If you have any comments or questions
please send them by e-mail to
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This page last modified on : Mar. 22, 2007