Posting Websites to the Pegasus Server

Introduction

Beginning Spring 2007, UCF's Webcourses Campus Edition will be fully upgraded to Webcourses Vista. While the upgrade will offer faculty many new benefits, one consequence of the upgrade will be the loss of the reach server that currently stores public webpages related to online courses. With the new Webcourses version, faculty can display a public page for each Webcourses course, but this will only be accessible to the public during the active semester dates.

There are two solutions for faculty who wish to continue using publicly viewable course webpages that will remain active beyond the end of the semester. First, most departments offer faculty some space on a departmental webserver, and for this option, contact the departmental webmaster.

Second, each faculty member has allotted space on the Pegasus server. The information that follows is designed to help UCF faculty activate and use their Pegasus account.

Step 1: Setting up your Homepage on Pegasus: If you are unsure or know you do not have a homepage with Pegasus, or if this is your first time using your Pegasus account, start here. This will lead you to video tutorials and supplemental materials on how to get one.

Step 2: Website Management: After making sure you have a home page set up, this link will lead you to many resources such as other Pegasus commands, more on FTP, and website help.

Setting up your Homepage on Pegasus

First, you must request a Pegasus account. Surf to http://www.acs.ucf.edu/forms.html and select the link near the top for "Computer Account Request", since you are an individual seeking a Pegasus account. You'll need to print the PDF, fill it out, and fax or bring it to the location listed at the top of the form. They will then create your account and give you a login.

Next, your Pegasus account must be configured to add web space. Since hosting a webpage is not a default setting on Pegasus, this is a mandatory step for users who want to host a webpage with their Pegasus account. This tutorial not only guides you through this essential step, but also covers the basics how to add and change files in your web space, and where can users see your new page.

Step 1: Setting Up and Installing SSH Software

 

Step 2: Using your SSH software to Connect to Pegasus

Step 3: Working with your Webpage

Step 4: How to save your webpages
Now that you're familiar with working with your webpage, this is how you save your webpages to your desktop to transfer to your Pegasus Acccount:

  1. Open up the webpage you wish to save in Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click on the word "File" on the upper left hand corner and click on "Save as.." or "Save Page as..".
  3. Browse to where you would like to save your webpage. Please make sure that field in the Save as type says Web Page, Complete. It is not recommended to change the name of the page, since links to the page will have the original name.
  4. Your webpage is saved in the directory specified in the previous step. A file called "name of file".html file is made, along with a folder called "name of file"_files. In this folder, you will find all the graphics shown on the homepage, including background images, buttons, and any other visual components in your webpage.
  5. Repeat Steps 1-4 for all the pages you would like to save and transfer.

Supplemental Resources

The following resources were used to make the video tutorial, and serve as a supplemental tutorials:

SSH Connection Tutorial - Helpdesk

The website shown in the video tutorial that provides written step-by-step instructions on how to connect to the server.

homepagesetup Information - Pegasus Help

Provides a basic overview on the homepagesetup command, and what it does to your Pegasus Account.

Now that you have your webpage setup, you are ready to learn how to manage your website.

Website Management

Once you have your web page setup, feel free to use the following resources, ranging from the different ways to access your account via FTP, to other Pegasus commands:

General FTP Tutorial - UCF's Academic Computing Support

This tutorial provides multiple ways to use FTP besides using Internet Explorer. Provides step-by-step instructions on how to use FTP on IE, Netscape Navigator, and FTP programs.

SSH Connection Tutorial - Helpdesk

The website shown in the video tutorial that provides written step-by-step instructions on how to connect to the server.

Center for Distributed Learning (CDL)

CDL is an organization that specializes in helping online course & online learning, as well as provide web assistance to faculty.

 

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