Web FAQs

This is a collection of common questions and answers.  Please check this list before contacting helpdesk.

 

  1. Can I have a webpage on this server?
  2. Will you help me set up a cool webpage?
  3. Will you make a link to my webpage?
  4. How do I add a counter to my home page?
  5. How do I run cgi-bin programs?
  6. What sort of webpages are allowed on this server?
  7. Is there a server where I can run PHP and cgi scripts?
  8. How does this affect my quota?
  9. How do I secure my pages?

  1. Can I have a webpage on this server?

    If you have an ICS UNIX account, you can create your own web page.  See Creating Your Own Web Space for more information.

  2. Will you help me set up a cool webpage?

    No.  If this is for a class, contact your instructor or TA.  Otherwise, there are many good HTML resources online.  Use your favorite search engine to search for information on WWW programming.

  3. Will you make a link to my webpage?

    If you are a graduate student, a visiting researcher, or faculty, please send an email message to webmaster@ics.uci.edu.  We do not link home pages to servers outside campus.  Please do not waste your time and our time by making such a request.

  4. How do I add a counter to my home page?

    We do not support the use of counters.  They are very wasteful of bandwidth and system resources.  We appreciate your consideration on this matter.

  5. How do I run cgi-bin programs?

    We do not permit users to have or use cgi-bin scripts other than those already on the server: calendar, date, finger, fortune, imagemap and uptime.

  6. What sort of webpages are allowed on this server?

    Only static HTML webpages are allowed on the main webserver.  PHP webpages are not allowed.

  7. Is there a server where I can run PHP and cgi scripts?

    You may log in to the UNIX server students.ics.uci.edu and create a webspace for yourself.  Log in and create a public_html folder.   If you want to run cgi scripts, create a .htaccess file inside the public_html folder with the following options:

    Options -Indexes +ExecCGI
    AddHandler cgi-script .cgi .pl .py

    The URL would be http://students.ics.uci.edu/~loginname.  For security reasons these systems are stand-alone and do not mount any NFS based directories, such as /home or /extra.  You will need to SSH and download applications directly to the system or use SCP software like WinSCP.  The servers are not backed up, so you need to do it manually.  A great tool for doing such would be using the rsync command.  You will be responsible for maintaining the security of your website.  If you download an application, make sure you check for updates regularly or sign up for the application's mailing list.

  8. How does this affect my quota?

    Since your personal web space is contained in your home directory, it is included in your quota.  For more information on quotas, see ICS Instructional Quotas.

  9. How do I secure my pages?
    There are ways to limit who can see you ICS web page.  For more information, please refer to the following Apache documents.
    http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/howto/htaccess.html
    http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/howto/auth.html