It is always best to not distribute IU passphrases if it can be avoided. For this reason we recommend using the Siteshare service. Siteshare provides account owners with a way to grant access to IU users without distributing the passphrase. Not only does this improve security, but it will appear as if the web account was stored locally on your computer, permitting you to drag & drop files between your computer and your account.
For instructions on how to use Siteshare please see: How to use Siteshare
If you are not using Siteshare to connect, then you will need to use the following information to connect to your Webserve account:
Server/Host Name: webserve.iu.edu Username: account Password: the network passphrase for the Webserve account
- Replace account with the name of your web account. For most accounts, the name of the account appears after the tilde (~) in the URL for that account.
- If you are connecting to your account from outside the IU Network, you must make a VPN Connection in order to connect to Webserve
- If you have forgotten the passphrase for your Webserve account, see: At IU, if I have forgotten my Network ID passphrase, how can I reset it?
How do I use SSH/SFTP clients to connect to Webserve?
From a Mac
Cyberduck is an SFTP program used to transfer files from your Mac to Webserve. For instructions, please see: How to use Cyberduck
Terminal is a Mac program that allows you to SSH into Webserve. For instructions, please see: How to use Terminal
From a PC
WinSCP is an SFTP program used to transfer files from your PC to Webserve. For instructions, please see: How to use WinSCP
PuTTY is a program that allows you to SSH into Webserve. For instructions, please see: How to use PuTTY
NOTE: If you are making a connection from off campus, you will need a VPN connections first. For instuctions, please see: The basics of VPN at IU
How do I edit content on Webserve?
It is common practice to host your content on IU's WCMS and then publish it to Webserve. This allows you to create, maintain and publish web content in an intuitive environment. For instructions on publishing to Webserve from the WCMS, see the WCMS site.
IU has a software agreement with Adobe that allows IU students, staff and faculty to use Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver provides an intuitive interface for making and editing HTML websites. For instructions, please see: How to configure Dreamweaver for Webserve
If you are comfortable with a Unix text editor, you may decide to edit your files directly on the web server rather than editing them on your workstation and uploading them to the server. The following text editors are available on Webserve:
To edit a file using one of these editors:
- SSH to webserve.iu.edu
- Use your account's name and passphrase to log in.
- Move to your www directory by typing cd www at the Unix prompt.
- To list the files in your www directory, type ls at the Unix prompt.
- To edit a file, type the name of the editor you wish to use, followed by the file you wish to edit. For example, to edit a file named 'index.html' using the nano editor you would type: