How to Upload Files

Once you have created HTML, graphic, and other files for your web pages, you transfer them from your computer to a web server. The people.bu.edu server hosts personal and group pages, and the central server (www.bu.edu) hosts pages for academic and administrative departments.

Windows and Mac have different file transfer protocol (FTP) programs for uploading files from a computer to a server.
Windows users should use Dreamweaver or FileZilla — a free FTP client. Mac users should use Dreamweaver or Fetch, which is free.

Uploading Files using Dreamweaver MX

  1. Define a local site using the value below for the corresponding question:
    Host name / FTP address of server:
     

    people.bu.edu
    Students, Faculty, Staff, and Groups
    Central Server
    Departments and Academic Units
    type: people.bu.edu type: webdev.bu.edu

    Folder on the server:

    people.bu.edu
    Students, Faculty, Staff, and Groups
    www.bu.edu
    Departments and Academic Units
    people.bu.edu publishers should normally leave the directory field blank. The server will automatically locate your correct directory, which will look something like this:
    /01/u/s/username/ 

    Note: If your web publishing program does not permit you to leave the directory field blank, you can enter the path /web/people/x/y/xyzusername, where:
    x is the first letter of your directory name
    y is the second letter of your directory name
    xyzdepartment is your full directory name.
    For example:
    /web/people/s/m/smith/ for the username smith
    /web/people/f/r/fred/ for the username fred

    The people.bu.edu server will then automatically redirect your request to the correct directory.

    /web/x/y/xyzdepartment
    x is the first letter of your directory name
    y is the second letter of your directory name
    xyzdepartment is your full directory name. For example:
    /web/r/e/registrar
    /web/h/i/history

    FTP Login:

    Enter your username (the portion of your email address that appears before the @ sign.)

    FTP Password:

    Enter your Kerberos password.

    Connection Type:

    people.bu.edu
    Students, Faculty, Staff, and Groups
    www.bu.edu
    Departments and Academic Units
    people.bu.edu does not support Secure FTP (SFTP). If you’re connecting while on campus, your connection is secure. If you’re connecting from off campus, connect to the VPN before using FTP to make sure your password and uploaded content are safe. Whenever possible, use Secure FTP (SFTP).

     

Uploading Files from a Mac with Fetch

  1. Double-click the Fetch icon.
  2. In the Hostname field, fill in the server name from the appropriate column below:
    people.bu.edu
    Students, Faculty, Staff, and Groups
    www.bu.edu
    Departments and Academic Units
    people.bu.edu publishers should leave the directory field blank. The server will automatically locate your correct directory, which will look something like this:
    /01/u/s/username/
    /web/x/y/xyzdepartment
    x is the first letter of your directory name
    y is the second letter of your directory name
    xyzdepartment is your full directory name. For example:
    /web/r/e/registrar
    /web/h/i/history
  3. In the Username field, type your BU login name (the portion of your email address that appears before the @ sign.)
  4. In the Connect Using drop-down menu:
    people.bu.edu
    Students, Faculty, Staff, and Groups
    www.bu.edu
    Departments and Academic Units
    people.bu.edu does not support Secure FTP (SFTP). If you’re connecting while on campus, your connection is secure. If you’re connecting from off campus, connect to the VPN before using FTP to make sure your password and uploaded content are safe. Whenever possible, use Secure FTP (SFTP).
  5. In the Password field, type your Kerberos password.
  6. In the Directory field, type your Web directory path (view the instructions in the appropriate column below):
    people.bu.edu
    Students, Faculty, Staff, and Groups
    www.bu.edu
    Departments and Academic Units
    people.bu.edu publishers should leave the directory field blank. The server will automatically locate your correct directory, which will look something like this:
    /01/u/s/username/
    /web/x/y/xyzdepartment
    x is the first letter of your directory name
    y is the second letter of your directory name
    xyzdepartment is your full directory name. For example:
    /web/r/e/registrar
    /web/h/i/history
  7. Click OK.
  8. To transfer a single file, click Put File. To transfer multiple files, select Put Folders and Files from the Remote menu.
  9. Select the file(s) you want to upload. Upload HTML files as text and all other files as raw data.
  10. Check your files on the Web.