Registering your student website for external access

Your website is initially only visible to users inside SHU. Please follow these steps in order to make your your site visible to users outside of SHU.

SHU PCs (Windows 7 only)

  1. Go to Start > Search and type 'Secure Shell'. You may get a couple of error messages, but just click / enter through these
  2. In the 'Connect to remote host' window, type:
  • Host name: homepages.shu.ac.uk
  • Username: your username

You will be asked for your password then connected to the web server. If this doesn't work, change the authentication method to 'Password'. You will get an error message on login but click 'yes' and enter your password when prompted.

  1. Type: /usr/local/bin/register_homepage - this must be in lowercase, exactly as it is printed here - and follow the instructions onscreen. Once this process has been completed, you should see some output confirming that your page has been registered.
  2. Type exit to log off from the web server.

PuTTY screenshotNon-SHU PCs

  1. Download and install a Windows SSH client. There are quite a few free ones out there but the most popular is PuTTY
  2. Open PuTTY - you will get the window shown right
  3. Enter homepages.shu.ac.uk in the host name field
  4. Check that connection type is set to SSH
  5. You will then see a 'Login as' box (other SSH clients will ask for the same information but possibly in different ways); as above, the host name is homepages.shu.ac.uk, the username/Login is your university username
  6. Once you are logged in then the instructions are identical for all clients:
    • Type: /usr/local/bin/register_homepage - this must be in lowercase, exactly as it is printed here - and follow the instructions onscreen. Once this process has been completed, you should see some output confirming that your page has been registered
    • Type exit to log off from the web server.

Macs / Redhat

  • Mac OS X - Please use these instructions.
  • Redhat - right click on the background and select Open in Terminal which brings up a terminal window in which you type the same information as above.

Notes

The file that controls the access to your website is called .htaccess and is stored in the public_html directory of your homespace. Do not delete this file. It will be removed as part of the process of registering your site for external access. Student websites that contain no .htaccess file but which haven't been registered with SLS may be removed without notice.

It is ossible that you may have an outdated copy of .htaccess which may incorrectly block access to your website. If you find that you cannot view your site with a browser within SHU please contact either your nearest Helpdesk, or email ithelp@shu.ac.uk,  including a note of any error messages you receive.

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