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

  1. Define a local site using the value below for the corresponding question:
    Host name / SFTP 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 fredThe 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 will require Secure FTP (SFTP) connections at a time TBD during Fall Semester 2014. Try SFTP first, and use FTP only if SFTP is not yet required. 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 with an SFTP Client

  1. Open your SFTP client. We recommend FileZilla for Windows and Fetch for Mac OS X.
  2. In the Host or 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 of Fetch, use the option outlined below. For FileZilla users, enter 22 in the Port field to switch to SFTP.
    people.bu.edu
    Students, Faculty, Staff, and Groups
    www.bu.edu
    Departments and Academic Units
    people.bu.edu will require Secure FTP (SFTP) connections at a time TBD during Fall Semester 2014. Try SFTP first, and use FTP only if SFTP is not yet required. 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 or Remote site 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 or Quickconnect.
  8. All SFTP clients allow you to click and drag files to and from a location on your computer to the remote server. Simply select the file you’d like to move and drag it to a new location.
  9. Once the files have been uploaded, check your files on the Web.