Using WinSCP

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Before using WinSCP, please be sure to install it on your computer. For assistance with the installation procces, view the WinSCP Installation Tutorial

Part 1: Create a new site 

  1. Open WinSCP.
  2. Click the 'New Site' button.

Part 2: Setup mypage.siu.edu

1. Fill in the following information:

  • Change File protocol to FTP
  • Encryption should be TLS/SSL Exlplicit encrpytion.
  • Host name: mypage.siu.edu
  • Verify that Port number is set to 21
  • Enter in your SIU Network ID and password(You can choose whether or not to remember your login information for the session)

   Then click the Login button. 

Login screen

2. When using WinSCP for the first time, you may be prompted to verify the server's certificate. Select "Yes" to proceed. 

Certificate Verification

3. Once connected you will be able to navigate through your Local Files/Folders and drag them to the MyPage server location that you require.

WinSCP desktop page

Your page will be accessed by the URL: http://mypage.siu.edu/userid (your userid is your SIUC Network ID). 

A sample home page named index.html was copied to your account when it was created. You will need to retain the name of your main page index.html or index.htm, or the web server will not be able to display it. You may create subdirectories under your home directory for other pages, images, sound files, etc.

Note: Your account will be limited to forty megabytes of web content. 

Opening your page on the web

Once you have copied the HTML code files, images, and other items from your local computer to the Mypage server space, anyone will be able to access them with any standard web browser.

  • Open your browser and type the address "http://mypage.siu.edu/YOUR_network_ID_HERE" with your Network ID in place of YOUR_network_ID_HERE. Your browser should display your opening (index.html) web page.

Common eror messages & solutions for mypage user files

The most common issues reported to SalukiTech is that no page at all is shown (an error message not finding a file), or the page that shows is the default "Under Construction" page. They are discussed below:

  1. No page shown: This is caused simply by the opening file not being named index.html. The opening file must be named exactly as shown, and in particular there must be no upper-case letters. The Microsoft Windows file systems are known for a capital letter, in this case an "I," in the file name. The web server is running on a Unix-style operating system computer, and Unix is strictly case-sensitive. A lower-case i is not the same in Unix as an upper-case I.  

    Change the file name to all lower-case letters. Within your web site design, if an entire file name is specified in a link, it can contain any characters, upper, lower or other successfully.  It is only the default initial page that has this specific restriction.

    Note: Spaces in file names will work, but are not generally acceptable for efficiency and stylistic reasons. Spaces make for long URL's, since each and every single space has to be replaced with a non-space character representation ("%20%" in this case); this will also increase the time it takes the web server to serve your pages to clients who wish to see them. 
  2. Under Construction: This is caused by the HTML files being placed in a subdirectory beneath your main or "root" account area. This usually occurs when you use your FTP program (CoreFTPLite or some other program) to transfer the entire folder or directory (named HTML in our example above) rather than the files and directories contained inside that directory.

    The solution is to move the files and other subfolders up into the main account area on the Mypage server and delete this extraneous folder. Be certain to check all links in your files, to ensure that they still work after the move.