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Hosting Personal Web Pages on Your Web Server

You can host on your Web server personal Web pages for individuals who do not need their own domain names. This service is popular with educational institutions that host non-commercial personal pages of their students and staff.

These pages usually have Web addresses like http://your-domain.com/~username.

To accommodate a personal Web page on your server, allocate a separate Web space and set up an FTP account for publishing:

  1. Go to Domains > domain name > Web Users.
  2. Click Preferences.
  3. If you wish to allow execution of scripts embedded in personal web pages, select the Allow the web users scriptingcheck box.
  4. Click OK.

    The settings you have defined at the step 4 are common for all personal Web pages you might host on your Web server. Therefore, you will not need to perform steps 3 to 6 next time you set up a Web space for a personal Web page.

  5. Click Add New Web User.
  6. Specify a user name and password that will be used for accessing the web space through FTP and publishing the Web page.

    You can use only lower-case alphanumeric, hyphen and underscore symbols in user name. The user name should begin with an alphabet character. It cannot contain white spaces. The password cannot contain quotation marks, white space, user's login name, and should be between 5 and 14 characters in length.

  7. If you wish to limit the amount of disk space that can be occupied by the Web page content, type the desired value in megabytes into the Hard disk quota box.

    When the specified limit is exceeded, the Web page owner will not be able to add files to his or her Web space.

  8. Specify the programming languages that should be supported for the Web page.

    For example, if the web page is written in PHP, select the PHP support check box.

  9. Select the Additional write/modify permissions option if this personal web page's Web applications will use a file-based database (like Jet) located in the root of httpdocs or httpsdocs folders. Please note that selecting this option might seriously compromise the web site security.
  10. Click OK.

Now you can tell your user the FTP account credentials, so that he or she can publish their Web page.