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Please note that the iSchool web hosting service is available to current iSchool students only. Before you begin the activation process, it’s advised that you read the information page about the web hosting service first.

To activate your iSchool web hosting account, click on the Manage link underneath the Student Web Hosting section on the iSchool website. Login with your UW NetID credentials. The page with an Activation Form will show up. If you have already registered for a domain name for your website, enter that in the domain box as that will be your custom domain name; otherwise leave it blank and the address of your site will by default be set to[your_uw_netid], where you need to replace [your_uw_netid] with your actual netid. Read the web hosting services information carefully and agree to the terms agreements.

Upon submission of your agreement form, the webpage will notify that your hosting account has been created and that you will receive 2 emails. The first email is an order confirmation saying that the iSchool IT has received your request for a web hosting account and will process your request shortly. You will also be given an order number, which you could refer to if you wish to communicate with the IT staff about your request.  Depending on how loaded the request queue is on the server, the account setup time will vary but should not take more than five minutes. Make sure you check your Spam folder if you don’t see the second email in your Inbox. Otherwise have your order reference number handy and contact iSchool IT Help Desk for assistance.

The second email notifies you that your web hosting account has been successfully set up. Read the Terms & Conditions page in full before using your account. The email also provides your new account log in details, website management information, and server information that are helpful as you set up your website.

If it’s your first time hosting a website, use the credentials given to you and log in to cPanel first. Familiarize yourself with how your site works by following through the Getting Started Wizard. To test your site, first install a File Transfer Protocol such as FileZilla. Using the FTP client you have, connect to your website host by entering the host name, your username and password (the same ones for your cPanel login), and make sure the port number is 7822. Once you are connected, you will see the directories for the remote site on the right side of the FTP panel. The left panel will be the local site where you can make local changes on your computer and then upload your changes to the remote site by dragging and dropping the changed files. To test that your website works, type your website URL in the browser. If you get a 403 and 404 Error message, that’s because you haven’t created an index or home page for your site yet. The index page is the page you should see when your website first opens up in a browser tab. To create an index page, open a text editor like Notepad++ and create an index page (e.g. index.html or index.php) with a short message like “Hello World”. Once you save it and upload to the server through FTP, refresh the webpage URL and the website should display the short message in the browser. Once you know that is working correctly, you may continue to enhance your website.

If you have any questions after reading this article or if you need any help, please don't hesitate to contact the iSchool IT Help Desk.
(206) 616-3086