Frequently Asked Questions
Section 1. Getting Campus Group Web Space
How do I get Web space?
Recognized University of Toronto Groups, Society and Course Unions can request web space at https://slgroups.studentlife.utoronto.ca/?requestweb. If you have not yet been recognized as a U of T Groups, Society or Student Union, please visit https://ulife.utoronto.ca/page/view/slug/applyfor more information.
Where is my home page on the Web?
The address, commonly called a URL, for your home page is http://GroupName.utoronto.ca/ where groupname is the identifier to indicate your campus Group (Usually an acronym of your student Group, Society or Course Union). URLs cannot be changed once created.
How much space do I get?
For static website your group will get 200 megabytes of space and limit of 10000 files. Once either of this criteria is filled, the server will not allow you to save (upload) new files without deleting others. You can check your space consumption at “Manage Web Account”. For new wordpress website, there will also be a disk storage limit of 200 megabytes as well as individual file upload limit of 5 megabytes. Requests beyond this amount require special permission.
How long will my Group, Society or Student Union Web space remain active?
Your Group, Society or Student Union’s Web space will remain active as long as ULife recognize your Campus Group as a recognized U of T organization. You can go to https://ulife.utoronto.ca/page/view/slug/apply for more detailed information on getting University of Toronto recognition.
How much does this cost?
There is no charge.
How does it work?
You get disk space on a special computer called a web server that Student Life Programs and Services operate. You can save and retrieve your documents and files to this space from anywhere on the Internet. Files not in a private folder are accessible to others.
Section 2. Using Campus Groups Web Space
Why can I not connect to the web server using FTP anymore?
FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is an unsecure protocol. This protocol is not supported on the new web server. To transfer files from your desktop to the web server, you must use either the SFTP or the SCP protocol. See below for examples of some Windows file transfer applications using SFTP.
Note that with WordPress MU you will no longer need to use FTP or SFTP. Resource management of your website will be web-driven.
How do I transfer files to and from my Campus Groups Web Space ?
For groups that are using Wordpress website to manage their content please refer to the http://wphelp.sa.utoronto.ca/ for information to upload data within wordpress interface. For groups publishing static HTML pages, the Windows file transfer applications using SFTP will be required to connect to our server in order to transfer files.
How do I set up my File Transfer application for SFTP?
All modern file transfer applications should support SFTP or SCP. If the application does not support SFTP or SCP, it is still possible to make it work with the new web server.
Below are configurations for a few popular Windows applications that support SFTP.
If the version of your application does not support SFTP, we suggest you upgrade to a newer version. If you cannot, you can use the SSH tunnel technique described in the second DreamWeaver documentation below.
- CoreFTP (download)
CoreFTP is a Windows file transfer application. The default setting in CoreFTP and many other file transfer applications is FTP, port 21. You need to change the Connection protocol from FTP to SSH/SFTP or SSH/SCP. The Port number should change from 21 to 22 automatically.
To configure CoreFTP, fill out the following fields:
- Site Name
- Host / IP / URL
- Connection (this will auto-select the Port)
- WinSCP (download)
WinSCP is a secure file transfer application. The default protocol in WinSCP is SFTP.
To configure WinSCP, fill out the following fields:
- Host name
- User name
Some versions of DreamWeaver (e.g. MX 2004) support SFTP. For these versions, review the following document for help with configuring the file transfer options.
For the other versions of DreamWeaver that do not have support for SFTP, review the following document for configuring DreamWeaver's FTP to work with SSH.
- Fugu for MAC OS (download)
Fugu is a graphical frontend to the commandline Secure File Transfer application (SFTP) for MAC OS X. SFTP is similar to FTP, but unlike FTP, the entire session is encrypted, meaning no passwords are sent in cleartext form, and is thus much less vulnerable to third-party interception.
What are the characters used in UTORweb file names?
For groups publishing static HTML pages, file names may contain letters, numbers, dot, underscore, and dash, but cannot start with a dot or dash.
What if I accidently overwrite a file?
It is up to you keep copies of your files just in case a file is accidently overwritten, incorrectly changed, or otherwise damaged. We cannot restore such files for you.
What is the file name for my home page?
The special file name is index.html
Which software can I use to compose web HTML pages?
For those groups publishing contents in HTML format, there many web editing application online that can be downloaded free or at a cost. We current do not recommend or endorse particular application for this purpose.
On the other hand, campus groups can choose to publish their website using our Webpress environment where you will be able to easily publish professional looking websites within minutes.
What are some things not supported by the Student Life Groups server?
CGI scripts, PHP Scripts, Perl Scripts, database, streaming, Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP), guest books, counters, and password protected pages (htaccess).
Section 3. Campus Group Web Space policies
What policies govern the use of the UTORweb service?
There is an Appropriate Use of Information Technology policy. You must read, agree to, and abide by the University of Toronto's Appropriate Use of Information and Communication Technology policy before you are granted web space for your organization.
Can I make money creating Web pages?
You cannot use University of Toronto resources for personal profit. For example, you cannot store pages or files on the Campus Groups web server that you are creating for profit.
I have a part-time sales job. Can I advertise my products on my page?
No. You cannot use University of Toronto resources for personal profit.
I have received an offer from a company to place an advertisement on my Web page. Is this allowed?
No. You cannot use University of Toronto resources for personal profit.
Can I support a political cause or politician with my personal Web space?
Your Web space should not contain the primary Web site for a political cause or politician. It's fine to have a link to an established political site, but it's not OK to be the site itself. You are welcome to express your opinions about political events and figures, but you must not solicit campaign funds. Any content accessible to others must make clear that it represents your individual work and views, and is not officially approved by the University of Toronto.
Can I include image and sound files I found on other Web sites? Can I include magazine pictures that I have scanned?
Copyrighted works may not appear on Web pages unless the owner of the work has given you permission and you credit the source as requested by the owner. A single work can have multiple copyrights that must be respected—for example, the composer of a piece of music may hold a creation copyright, while someone else may hold a recording performance production copyright for their specific interpretation of the music.
How to embed YouTube videos inside the Wordpress posts?
Within webpress write window, change post format to “HTML” by clicking on the HTML Tab. Then copy and paste the HTML code that can be generated from the YouTube website.
Can I have more than one website?
This is a limit of one website per campus group.
How to I place a disclaimer information on the footer of the index page?
The disclaimer on the bottom of this page will need to be placed on main page of the website. (i.e. index.html or index.htm)
In order to do so, please copy and paste the following code into the bottom portion of the index page above the </body> tag.
<!-- U of T Student Group Disclaimer --> <div style="background-color:#fff;font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, San Serif; font-size: 9px; text-align: center; display:block; width: 800px; margin: 15px auto;" >DISCLAIMER: The content of this web site is entirely the responsibility of a campus organization which is independent from the University of Toronto. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the University. The University of Toronto shall not be liable for any damage resulting from the use or misuse of the contents of this web site. </div> <!-- End of Disclaimer -->
It is Campus Groups' responsibility to have this information visible on your home page and we.ll be periodically checking for your compliance.
I want to cancel my web space, what do I do?
If you would like to cancel or discontinue your usage of our web space service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name, name of the group and reason for cancellation. We suggest that you use your UTORmail to submit your request and that submission should be made by an executive of the group who has signing authority.
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