Best Practices

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

Login Information

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

How do I use SSH/STFP 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?

WCMS

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.

Dreamweaver

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

Unix

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:

  • nano
  • vi
  • vim
  • emacs

To edit a file using one of these editors:

  1. SSH to webserve.iu.edu
  2. Use your account's name and passphrase to log in.
  3. Move to your www directory by typing cd www at the Unix prompt.
  4. To list the files in your www directory, type ls at the Unix prompt.
  5. 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:
    nano index.html